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Jeff Martin, Chairman & CEO, Sempra Energy
Jeffrey W. Martin is chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. Martin has served as Sempra Energy’s chief executive officer since May 2018 and, as chairman, since December 2018.
Previously, Martin was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Sempra Energy from 2017 to 2018. Prior to that, from 2014 through 2016, he served as chief executive officer of San Diego Gas & Electric, one of Sempra Energy's regulated California utilities.
From 2010 through 2013, Martin was president and chief executive officer of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Sempra Generation, the predecessor companies of Sempra Energy's renewable energy and midstream businesses. Martin also was previously vice president of investor relations of Sempra Energy. He first joined Sempra Energy in 2004 as a principal working in Sempra Energy's mergers and acquisitions group.
Before joining Sempra Energy, Martin was chief financial officer of NewEnergy, Inc. Also, he formerly served as corporate counsel at UniSource Energy Corporation and was an attorney at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP, where his transactional practice focused on corporate and commercial finance and real estate.
Martin currently serves on the board of directors of Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC. He also is on the Business Roundtable and the board of trustees of the University of San Diego, in addition to being a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. Martin recently served on the boards of directors of the Edison Electric Institute, California Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers.
Martin holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas, El Paso, and a law degree from the University of Miami.
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Neha Palmer, Head of Energy Strategy, Global Infrastructure, Google
Ms. Palmer leads energy procurement and strategy for Google, which has a goal to power its operations with 100% renewable energy. To date, Google has announced over 2.5 GW of renewable energy purchases, making it the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. Prior to Google, she has held several positions at PG&E, in engineering, energy supply and corporate development. She has also worked for Goldman Sachs, serving clients in the electricity sector. Ms. Palmer holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
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Alicia Barton, President & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Alicia Barton is president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.
Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade including serving as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
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David Giordano, Global Head, Renewable Power, Blackrock
David Giordano, Managing Director, Global Head - Renewable Power. Mr. Giordano leads the investment strategy and organizational management of the Renewable Power team. He has lead the investment strategies across the Americas and APAC since the launch of the Renewable Power platform in 2011. The Renewable Power Group has over $5 billion of equity assets under management and over 250 renewable power projects with over 100 investors in four funds. The team includes 31 investment professionals and has invested across ten countries and four continents.
Mr. Giordano has more than 20 years of investment experience. Previously, he was one of the original members of Babcock & Brown's North American infrastructure team where he closed $4 billion of renewable transactions and on the North American Infrastructure Fund Investment Committee. Mr. Giordano's extensive energy industry experience includes his work at FPL Energy (now NextEra) where he developed and acquired operating and development power assets and played a key role in the first non-registered 144A bond offering for a portfolio of wind assets.
Mr. Giordano is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Board of Directors, and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
David holds a B.A. in Policy & Management Studies and Economics from Dickinson College, class of 1991; and, he earned a Master in Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, class of 1996.
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Mai Al-Eisa, Manager Manufacturing, Kuwait Petroleum International
Mai is a seasoned Oil Executive with 24 years’ experience in the Kuwaiti Oil Sector holding a Chemical Engineering degree from Kuwait University and an MBA from Maastricht Business School.
Mai spent her career between Kuwait National Oil Refineries Planning and the Business Development of Kuwait’s International Downstream Businesses. Mai was a key player in strategic projects in Kuwait Petroleum International company (KPI) like the expansion of retail business in Europe, Sale of Europoort refinery in Holland and new growth opportunities in Mega Joint Ventures in Oman and Vietnam.
Mai succeeded in a scientific field that is dominated by males and was able to move swiftly between planning to business development to JV management. Mai masters cultural barriers softening and works daily in communication with South East Asia, Middles East and Europe.
Her work frequently includes mentoring youth and coaching fellow female colleagues. She has given various chances for others to shine and contributed in bringing up aspiring talents.
Mai is a mother of three.
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Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO, CPS Energy
Paula Gold-Williams is the President & CEO of CPS Energy. Paula leads more than 3,000 team members with the vision she has coined “People First,” whereby CPS Energy is evolving its efforts to create and deliver value to its customers, community, and employees into a new age of energy solutions.
Paula has more than 30 years of leadership experience in San Antonio, including being a Regional Controller for Time Warner’s cable and telephony regional office and the VP of Finance for Luby’s, Inc. before coming to CPS Energy in late 2004.
Over her 14 years at CPS Energy, she has progressively served as Controller & Assistant Treasurer; VP & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) – Organizational Excellence & Shared Services; EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Treasurer; and EVP – Financial & Administrative Services, CFO & Treasurer.
In addition to her role at CPS Energy, Paula serves on a broad portfolio of boards and committees, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Paula has an associate’s degree in fine arts from San Antonio College. She earned a BBA in accounting from St. Mary’s University, as well as a finance and accounting MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
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Ravina Advani, Head of Energy, Natural Resources & Renewables, BNP Paribas
Ravina Advani joined the Power, Infrastructure & Project Finance team at BNP Paribas in 2001 where she was responsible for originating, structuring and executing transactions across various sectors including oil & gas, thermal, renewables, transportation and social accommodation. She has extensive experience with both domestic and international financings and has played lead roles on several of the bank's prominent arranging/advisory mandates in the bank, bond and institutional loan markets.
In late 2018, Ravina joined the Bank’s Coverage platform, where she heads up the Energy Natural Resources & Renewables practice.
Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Ravina worked at Orion Power Holdings, a power generation company, assisting with the company's trading and marketing efforts.
She holds a BBA from the College of William and Mary with a concentration in Finance and a minor in French and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Ted Brandt, CEO, Marathon Capital
Ted Brandt is Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Marathon Capital. In this role, Mr. Brandt is responsible for managing the global operations and strategic decisions for the company, overseeing the various transaction teams, and continuing to build the Marathon Capital brand.
Prior to founding Marathon Capital, Mr. Brandt held various senior management positions within large non-bank finance and leasing companies including: GE Capital, Dana Commercial Credit, and Transamerica. During this 15-year period Mr. Brandt had start-up responsibility for leasing units, hands-on turnaround assignments, and opportunities to create and execute a variety of manufacturer vendor programs. He also actively worked on the buying and selling of specialty commercial finance units during this time.
Mr. Brandt received a BA in Economics in 1984 from Oberlin College and his MBA in 1987 from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He serves on the Advisory Council for Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago and the Board of Trustees for Oberlin College. He holds his Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99 securities licenses.
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Chris Edmonds, SVP Financial Markets, Intercontinental Exchange
Chris Edmonds is Senior Vice President, Financial Markets at Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE). In this role he oversees the development of initiatives within ICE's exchange listed and OTC financial markets, including all futures and options, credit derivatives, ICE Link and ICE Swap Trade. Edmonds previously served as President of ICE Clear Credit, ICE’s wholly-owned credit default swap (CDS) clearing house which is responsible for ICE’s North American credit derivatives clearing operations.
Prior to joining ICE in February 2010, Edmonds was Chief Executive Officer of the International Derivatives Exchange Group (IDCG) a clearing house for interest rate swaps. Prior to IDCG, Edmonds was the Chief Development Officer for ICAP Energy. Edmonds held a variety of positions at ICAP between 2002 and 2008, and at APB Energy between 1997 and 2002. His professional career prior to APB Energy focused on advising businesses on strategic planning in the areas of technology, sales and marketing and operations.
Edmonds earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama.
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Lisa Krueger, President US Strategic Business Unit, AES Corporation
Lisa Allee Krueger is a senior energy industry executive whose career has been built on identifying energy market opportunities, defining and implementing effective business strategies, and building both shareholder and stakeholder value. Most recently she served as President and CEO of Essential Power, a 1700 MW merchant fleet in the northeast US where she was recruited by Board of Directors to lead the financial turnaround from a $200M loss associated with an ineffective hedging strategy. She rebuilt the commercial and risk teams and led organic growth opportunities. Following the company turnaround, she led managements efforts on behalf of its owner, IFM Investors, to sell the company to Carlyle Power Partners and then subsequently worked for Carlyle to integrate Essential Power into its Cogentrix platform. Lisa served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Cogentrix following the acquisition of Essential Power until she departed in December of 2017 as part of a negotiated transition plan.
Prior to Essential Power, Lisa was a senior officer at First Solar, one of the world’s largest photovoltaic manufacturers and system integrators, where she led the company’s sustainable development efforts while developing and implementing various domestic and international strategic plans. While her expertise spans traditional electric utility and IPP business operations, Lisa’s passion lies in clean technologies and renewable energy integration and expansion. “I am a passionate, results focused leader who believes that access to clean, affordable, reliable energy transforms communities and lives.” She helped position First Solar as an industry leader in sustainability and worked extensively with global stakeholders to support, advance and grow international and domestic solar markets.
Prior to joining First Solar, Lisa held several senior-level positions with Dynegy Inc. and Illinois Power Company. She served as the officer in charge of commercial operations for Dynegy’s northeast generating fleet, which consisted of over 1700 MW of natural gas, dual-fuel (oil & natural gas) and coal-fired merchant generation. In this role she was also responsible for the fleet’s overall financial results and origination, commodity trading, fuel and emissions procurement and management, capital investment, and overall asset management. She later served as the officer responsible for Enterprise Risk Management for all of Dynegy’s 12,800MW fleet, and was responsible for revising and implementing Dynegy’s commodity risk management policies and procedures. Lisa also held a variety of leadership roles at Dynegy and Illinois Power in environmental, health and safety, transmission system planning and operations, generation system planning and operations, and regulatory affairs.
Lisa has actively participated in energy company mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and led market development and expansion, company integration, risk reduction, and regulatory compliance initiatives. “As a leader, I bring a deep knowledge of the electricity energy business sector combined with strategic mindset and a team-based management style focused on continuous improvement and delivering results.”
Lisa graduated Cum Laude from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical engineering. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
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Angelin Baskaran, Executive Director North America Power & Gas Origination, Morgan Stanley
Ms. Baskaran has been with Morgan Stanley since 2008. She first joined the firm’s Project Finance group, where she was responsible for originating and structuring renewable energy and real estate tax equity transactions. She has executed across a variety of asset classes, including utility-scale wind/solar, residential solar, affordable housing and New Markets Tax Credits. In 2015 she joined Morgan Stanley’s Commodities division, where she co-runs the renewable energy origination business, which includes providing offtake solutions for renewable energy projects as well as comprehensive solutions for corporates and other load looking for renewable energy. Ms. Baskaran has B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
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Chris Midgley, Global Director of Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Chris Midgley is Head of Analytics for S&P Global Platts, a division of S&P Global and the leading provider of information and benchmarks for the energy and commodities markets. Chris is a member of the Platts Executive Committee.
Based in London, Chris leads and executes the strategy for Analytics, which combines in-depth commodity and energy market knowledge, analysis, and algorithms with fundamental data to support customers' strategic decisions. With Chris’ expertise, S&P Global Platts Analytics is building a unique integrated energy markets view by combining the organic businesses developed within Platts and combining it with the legacy acquisitions, including PIRA Energy, RigData, Eclipse Energy, cFlow and Bentek Energy.
Chris brings over 25 years of oil industry experience, 20 years of which working with Shell, primarily in manufacturing, supply, trading, and strategy. Before joining Platts in September 2016, Chris headed up Shell's Oil Markets Analysis division for four years, where he developed long-term outlooks to support the Group's investment decisions and strategies and as Shell Trading's Chief Economist providing short-term market views to inform trading positions. Chris has also been a director of a number of shipping and oil-related companies. He began his career with Exxon as a process engineer at its Fawley Refinery in the south of England.
Chris is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in chemical engineering from Loughborough University.
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Roman Kramarchuk, Head of Energy Scenarios, Policy & Technology Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Roman Kramarchuk leads efforts to understand and incorporate the implications of energy policy changes and technology advancements on market outlooks – with a special focus on emissions and clean energy (i.e. renewables, storage, EVs, etc.). He oversees the Scenario Planning Service – providing long term market views (including 2 degree scenarios) and assessments transformation - as well as the GHG and North American Environmental Markets Services - analyzing environmental markets & policies. Prior to joining PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, he was at the US EPA, developing key regulations at the Clean Air Markets Division. With both PG&E NEG and PA Consulting / PHB Hagler Bailly, he evaluated strategies regarding power sector fuel choice and capital investments and advised on plant development/acquisition and asset valuation. Roman also worked on international projects to develop power markets and regulatory capacity in the former Soviet Union and India. At the Federal Reserve Board, Roman analyzed trends in industrial production. He has an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in economics and B.S.E. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania
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Daniel J. Klein, Head of Scenario Planning Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Dan is the head of the Scenario Planning Service (SPS), leading the development of the Long-Term Energy Outlook. He works closely with the Global Oil, Natural Gas, Coal, and other practices to evaluate the key assumptions underlying their outlooks, ensure internal consistency, and to develop plausible alternative assumptions and outcomes. Dan previously headed up the International Coal Service, and he remains the primary author of the International Thermal Coal Market Forecast and International Coal Markets Scorecard, as well as collaborating on the short- and long-term outlooks for the US coal market. He has a B.A. in economics from Calvin College.
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Chris Newkumet, Washington Bureau Chief, S&P Global Platts
Veteran news reporter and editor, Christopher Newkumet has spent nearly his entire professional career covering Washington from a business perspective, particularly the dramatic shifts in federal regulation of critical energy industries. Newkumet has been with S&P Global for 35 years and currently serves as Washington Bureau Chief, overseeing 24 reporters, editors and production specialists. For five years, he helped produce and appeared weekly as an on-air senior correspondent on the Platts Energy Week television show on CBS affiliate WUSA Channel 9. The show was syndicated in several major media markets, including Washington, Houston, San Antonio and New York. Along with colleagues from the Platts division of S&P Global (formerly McGraw-Hill), Newkumet developed and maintains a highly successful Washington newsmaker event –Platts Energy Podium. He also is a member of the Platts team that produces the annual Global Energy Awards, a high-profile awards program that recognizes leaders in the energy industries worldwide. He also serves as producer and moderator of a series of energy webinars sponsored by Platts. He has been involved in the S&P Global Mentoring Program for several years and participated in the Platts Editorial Abroad program as a visiting editor to Singapore in 2008, and as a mentor/host for four visits to Washington by EA participants. Newkumet is a frequent conference speaker, moderator, and chairman for Platts and outside events, and is a member of the Platts Stinger Council and Platts Leadership Team. He has been interviewed several times for national print, radio and television coverage of high-profile developments in the energy sector. The perspective he brings to public discourse in this area is rooted in his many years as an observer and reporter of the historic evolution of natural gas, electricity and hydropower regulation, and markets. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he is active at the board level for several charitable and service organizations.
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Paul Ferneyhough, Executive Director, North America, Repsol
In April 2016, Paul was appointed Corporate Director of Investor Relations for Repsol S.A. and in March 2017, he was promoted to Corporate Director Finance, and Investor Relations. Paul joined Talisman Energy Inc. in 2002 and prior to the Repsol acquisition was the Global Head of Strategy, Planning and Performance Management located at the head office in Calgary, Canada. During his 14 years with Talisman, he spent four years as a Vice President and member of Talisman’s Asia-Pacific leadership team. He has 20 years of industry experience in the upstream oil and gas business with significant international exposure having worked and lived in the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Canada. Additionally, he has experience working with operations in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and North Africa. Paul is a qualified chartered accountant and throughout his career has worked in increasingly senior roles in finance, commercial and general management. Whilst a member of the Asia-Pacific leadership team as head of Strategy and Commercial, he also held country management accountability for operations in Algeria.
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Yoven Moorooven, CEO, Africa, ENGIE
Yoven, a Mauritien national, holds a master’s degree in econometrics and a master’s degree in banking, finance and commodities. Yoven Moorooven began his career in 2003 at Gaselys (ex-joint-venture company between Société Générale and Gaz de France). He spent three years in the company as a market economist and as an originator. In 2006, he moved into investment banking at the Macquarie Bank in London to develop its energy markets division. After five years, he became partner at Macquarie. In 2012, he moved to Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for the management of its gas, power and coal origination and trading activities in Europe. Yoven Moorooven joined ENGIE in 2013. Until 2016, he held the position of head of the International Division with in the Global Energy Management Business Unit, responsible for the development of all new energy market activities, and more specifically biomass valorization in which the Group has acquired a worldwide leadership.