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Saturday March 8th to Sunday March 9th, 2014

Emerging markets and the questions surrounding their energy production, usage, and creation will affect not only individuals, governments, and industries within those countries, but also developed markets and their industries. Seven panels and two keynote speakers grappled with and discussed these many questions, including:

  • Is the emerging world’s appetite for energy fueling conflict?
  • How will innovation in developing countries’energy delivery services influence utilities in the developed world and vice versa?
  • How will emerging countries finance new energy projects?
  • How will international oil companies work with the changing realities of the oil and gas industry and how will they stay competitive in these new markets?
  • How will foreign direct investment and intellectual property rights influence a country’s ability to develop new technology?
  • Can governments meet their economic and social development targets by relying less on fossil fuels, or is there a trade-off between development and renewable energy?

This year’s conference attempted to answer these questions, provoke new ones, address challenges, and bring forward fresh ideas pertinent to the modern world’s dynamic energy sector.

Keynote Speakers

Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President, World Bank

Rachel Kyte is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SE4All’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy.

Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.

Recipient of numerous awards for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.

Chris Hummel, Chief Marketing Officer, Schneider Electric

Chris Hummel is a high energy, results-driven executive with an exceptional record of creating customer value, building innovative brands, driving significant revenue growth and rapidly increasing enterprise value. As a globally-recognized thought leader with deep commercial experience, he articulates a vision and distills the strategy into a clear roadmap that enables and inspires peak performance. Key strengths include:

Commercial Success: Proven ignitor of growth by aggressively pursuing breakthrough strategies, creating high performance customer-centric organizations and evolving them from traditional purchasing to solution-driven & SAAS models. 

General Management: Former Executive Committee member for public and private companies who managed P&Ls for $3M to $300M business units and has board exposure, M&A, strategy, restructuring and fundraising experience. 

Branding Excellence: Astute builder of innovative brands and bold leader of compelling customer experiences that nurture relationships and shape interest, investment and loyalty. Master of rebranding companies with unique awareness platforms and holistic campaigns.

Pipeline Growth: Pioneer in leveraging sales and marketing to generate and accelerate sales opportunities. Specialty in data-driven, immersive digital programs that create sustainable moments of engagement at each phase of the buyer’s journey. 

Innovation: A problem solver who drives business to the next level. Big idea thinker who delights in details to create evolutionary and disruptive improvements. 

Global Leadership: Bi-lingual leader who attracts great talent, inspires loyalty and energizes globally dispersed organization. Committed partner to the whole c-suite who nurtures organizational relationships and influences across boundaries.

Professional Profile: Award-winning corporate spokesperson who was named one of FierceCMO’s “15 B2B CMOs to Watch” in 2013 and profiled in The CMO Manifesto (Ellett, 2012).

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Chair Kathy Nolan
Content Henry Barrett (Co-Director),Ruben Korenke (Co-Director), Andrew Berman, Maria Rita Borba
Esra Bozkir, Robert Helbig, Seth Lippincott, Benjamin Kane, Lauren Keller, Niyash Mistry, Easwaran Narassimhan, Elizabeth Peyton, William Ross, Claudia Schwartz, Leroy Terrelonge, Shruti Viswanathan, Lily Wang
Operations Nick Harmon (Director), Andrea Coniglio, Zach Ladwig, Jake Lazarus, Ellen Osborn, Max Tanguay-Colucci
Sponsorship Andrew Dahlen (Director), Jonathan Hempton, Tim Magner, Allentza Michel, Anne Moulakis
Marketing Kwan Lin (Co-Director), Chantal Davis (Co-Director), Cailin Mackenzie, Kaitlin Miller, Chloe Reske, Sam Sittenfield
Finance Patricia Bailin (Director)
Energy Competition Anna McCallie (Director), Shalini Sharan
Showcase Bonnie Brohnenberg (Director), Harshit Agrawal, Laura London, Feng Lu