Conference Agenda


9:00am - 9:05am

Welcome & Introduction

Brett Perlman, President & CEO, Center for Houston’s Future

9:05am - 9:35am

Energy Scenarios and Implications for the Gulf Coast

How is Houston positioned as a global energy capital in a carbon constrained world?

Randy Bell, Managing Director, Atlantic Council

Andy Steinhubl, Partner, KPMG 

9:35am - 10:35am

Visions of our Energy Future

What are energy companies doing to create a low carbon economy?

Moderator: Regina Mayor, KPMG

Jim Ajello, Former CFO, Hawaiian Electric Industries

Cindy Yeilding, Senior Vice President, BP

Scott Prochazka, CEO, Centerpoint

Charlene Olivia Russell, VP, Low Carbon Strategies, Occidental Petroleum

Mary Anne Brelinsky, CEO, EDF Trading

10:50am - 11:50am

What Needs to Happen to Achieve Paris?

Do we need an energy transition or transformation to maintain a 2C world? 

Moderator: Ted Surette, KPMG

Ned Harvey, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Jason Klein, VP, U.S. Energy Transition Strategy, Shell

Frank O’Sullivan, Former Research Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Melanie Kinderdine, Partner, Energy Future Initiatives

12:25pm - 1:00pm


Disruptive Energy Futures

Amory Lovins, Cofounder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

1:20pm - 2:05pm

Energy Chief Innovation Officers Panel

Is the pace of energy innovation sufficient to meet our goals for mitigating CO2?

Moderator: Michael Hayes, KPMG

Tim Korpa, Partner, Blue Bear Capital

Charlie Bowser, President, NET Power

Mark Coalmer, CCUS Projects, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Varun Rai, Executive Director, UT Energy Institute

Sadas Shanker, Professor, Harvard

Ben Wilson, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

2:05pm - 3:05pm

Breakout Sessions: Grand Challenges in Meeting our Climate Change Goals


  • Electric Vehicles

  • Energy Storage

  • Distributed Energy Resources

Industrial Emissions

  • Hydrogen

  • Carbon Capture & Storage

  • Roadmap to Zero Carbon


  • Risk Management

  • Natural Solutions

  • Resilience

3:20pm - 4:05pm

Houston's Competitive Advantages in dealing with Climate

What are the competitive advantages and gaps in creating a low carbon cluster

Moderator: Andy Steinhubl, KPMG

Michael Skelly, Senior Advisor, Lazard

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, VP, Energy Initiative, University of Houston

Bob Harvey, CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

Lara Cottingham, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Houston

4:05pm - 4:15pm

Conclusions and Next Steps

Brett Perlman, President & CEO, Center for Houston’s Future