Global Head of Power & Utilities, KPMG Australia
Ted Surette is a leader in the energy and resources sector and a specialist in the key areas of technology, energy transition, and business transformation. In addition to his client work, Ted holds two key positions: Head of KPMG’s Global Power & Utility Sector and KPMG Australia’s Energy & Natural Resources leader.
Ted champions cross-functional teams serving multinationals and global organizations to find the right consulting, deal, tax, legal and audit solutions needed to meet their goals. He is hands-on, on-the-ground and on-site, offering the right advice to clients so they can be more efficient, more productive – and flourish. Ted is also recognized for his ability to help leverage innovative technologies and transition to a less-carbon intensive economy.
As an energy industry commentator, Ted speaks on many topics including energy transition, global power trends and adoption of new technologies. Over a career spanning three decades at KPMG, Ted has built a world-class reputation as an ENR thought leader.
Armed with a smart-phone and a tripod, from wind farms in Canada and solar rooftops in Europe, to lithium mines in Western Australia, his “Ted Talks To” series reflects his unconventional yet insightful approach to industry issues.
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
Ned Harvey is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He leads RMI’s Program focused on heavy transport, energy-value chains and commodity supply chains. He is integrally involved in initiatives focused on aviation, trucking, shipping & freight, mining, and oil and gas.
Ned’s 10-year tenure at RMI leverages his twenty years of diverse business leadership experience. Prior to leading its Industry Program, Ned led the execution of the institute’s acquisition of the Carbon War Room. Prior positions at RMI include serving as the institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Program Director for the Solar Market Transformation Program and Head of Development.
He also founded and led several renewable energy development companies and served as an executive for a global consultancy. In his early career, Ned spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office.
Ned received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. Ned serves on the boards for the Harvard Business School Club of Colorado and the Colorado Clean Tech Industry Association.
Partner, Energy Futures Initiative
Melanie Kenderdine is a principal of the Energy Futures Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. She served at the Department of Energy from May 2013 - January 2017, as the Energy Counselor to the Secretary and concurrently as the Director of DOE’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. Her 100-person office was responsible for analysis and policy development in areas that included energy innovation, climate change, energy security, energy systems and infrastructure and North American energy integration.
Prior to her service at DOE, Melanie helped to establish the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and served as its Executive Director. During her six-year tenure at MITEI, she managed a large research and administrative staff, was a member of the research team for MIT’s Future of Natural Gas Study, was the rapporteur and editor for the MITEI Symposium Series and edited the MIT Future of the Electric Grid study.
Before joining MITEI, she served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) from 2001 to 2007. From 1993 to 2001, Kenderdine was a political appointee in President Bill Clinton’s administration, where she served in several key posts at DOE. Prior to joining DOE, Melanie was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson.
Jason Klein leads Shell’s US Energy Transition Program. He joined Shell following the acquisition of BG Group in 2016, where he was Asset General Manager for BG in the US—responsible for BG’s US unconventional assets, North America exploration activities and the development of the proposed Lake Charles LNG export project. Jason joined BG Group in 2003 and held senior legal roles with BG in the United States, United Kingdom, Oman and Australia, including serving as BG’s Deputy General Counsel in both Houston and London.
Following the BG takeover, Jason became VP US LNG within Shell’s Integrated Gas business, responsible for development of the Elba Island LNG project currently under construction near Savannah, Georgia and the proposed Lake Charles LNG export project in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Prior to joining BG, Jason was an associate with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston.
Jason is a native Houstonian and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law.
VP, US Energy Transition Strategy, Shell