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?

Randolph Bell, Director, Atlantic Council

Andy Steinhubl, Principal, KPMG

9:35am - 10:35am

Visions of our Energy Future

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

Moderator: Regina Mayor, Global Sector Head - Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG

Jim Ajello, Former CFO, Hawaiian Electric Industries

Karine Boissy-Rousseau, President, Air Liquide Hyrodgen Energy U.S.

Cindy Yeilding, Senior Vice President, BP America

Scott Prochazka, CEO, CenterPoint Energy

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

Mary Anne Brelinsky, CEO, EDF Energy Services

10:50am - 11:50am

Energy transformations

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

Moderator: Ted Surette, Global Head of Power & Utilities, KPMG

Ned Harvey, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

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

Frank O’Sullivan, SVP, Strategy, Lincoln Clean Energy, LLC

Melanie Kenderdine, Principal, Energy Futures Initiative

12:25pm - 1:15pm


Disruptive Energy Futures

Amory Lovins, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Energy Innovation and Decarbonization

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

Moderator: Michael Hayes, Global Renewables Head, KPMG

Tim Korpa, Partner, Blue Bear Capital

Charlie Bowser, President, NetPower

Mark Coalmer, CCUS Projects Director, OGCI Climate Investments

Varun Rai, Executive Director, UT Energy Institute

Sadas Shanker, Associate, Harvard

Wade Bitaraf, Founder, Sustainability and Energy, Plug and Play

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Sessions: Grand Challenges in Meeting our Climate Change Goals

Electrification as a Climate Mitigation Strategy

Moderator: Suzanne Bertin, Managing Director, Advanced Energy Economy

  • Elizabeth Brock, Director, CenterPoint Energy

  • Thomas McAndrew, Founder, Enchanted Rock

  • Dan Gabaldon, Partner, Enovation Partners

  • Matthew Suhr, Director, Calpine

Roadmap to Zero Carbon in Oil and Gas

Moderator: Richard Stuebi, Future Energy Advisors

  • Greg Bean, Director, UH Bauer School of Business

  • Tracy Hester, Professor, UH Law Center

  • Cate Hight, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Jeanne-Mey Sun, Executive, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Regional Solutions and Adaptation to Climate Change

Moderator: Bob Zabors, Chairman, Cleantech Group

  • Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston

  • Josh Brooks, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Arun Mani, Principal, KPMG

  • Henk Mooiweer, Executive Director, Soil Value Exchange

3:30pm - 4:15pm

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

Chuck McConnell, Executive Director, Energy Initiative, University of Houston

Bob Harvey, CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

Lara Cottingham, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Houston

Patrick Wood, III, Wood3 Resources and Former Chair, FERC

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Conclusions and Next Steps

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