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Energy, Utilities and Mining

FT Energy Strategies Summit

New York |
Speakers include:
Harold  Hamm

Harold Hamm

Continental Resources

Leo  Denault

Leo Denault

Entergy Corporation

Miguel Galuccio

Miguel Galuccio



In its second edition, the Financial Times was proud to present the FT Energy Strategies Summit: Risk and Opportunity in an Era of Energy Abundance, on May 14, 2015 at the Conrad New York Hotel in New York City.

Volatility has returned to the global energy markets with oil prices falling to a four year low after a decade of relative stability. Global energy supply, meanwhile, is threatened by a toxic mix of declining production, lack of exploration success, a host of geopolitical hazards and lower capital spending on major energy projects. Whilst much hope has been invested in the US unconventional boom as a key source of future production to moderate prices and a potential supply shortfall, questions are now being raised about the sustainability of the US energy transformation in today’s low oil price environment. Is the current pessimism justified? Can the US shale pioneers ride out the current pricing storm? What are the potential trouble spots in the international markets? What role could clean energy play in alleviating supply constraints?

With its focus not just on the revolution brought about by the new US shale energy abundance, but also how this interacts with ‘America’s second revolution’ in renewables, the Summit provided an all-embracing picture of the likely shape of the US energy market, and the implications for global energy markets in the years ahead.

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/14/2015 08:15:0005/14/2015 16:45:00trueFT Energy Strategies SummitIn its second edition, the Financial Times was proud to present the FT Energy Strategies Summit: Risk and Opportunity in an Era of Energy Abundance, on May 14, 2015 at the Conrad New York Hotel in New York City.Volatility has returned to the global energy markets with oil prices falling to a four year low after a decade of relative stability. Global energy supply, meanwhile, is threatened by a toxic mix of declining production, lack of exploration success, a host of geopolitical hazards and lower capital spending on major energy projects. Whilst much hope has been invested in the US unconventional boom as a key source of future production to moderate prices and a potential supply shortfall, questions are now being raised about the sustainability of the US energy transformation in today’s low oil price environment. Is the current pessimism justified? Can the US shale pioneers ride out the current pricing storm? What are the potential trouble spots in the international markets? What role could clean energy play in alleviating supply constraints?With its focus not just on the revolution brought about by the new US shale energy abundance, but also how this interacts with ‘America’s second revolution’ in renewables, the Summit provided an all-embracing picture of the likely shape of the US energy market, and the implications for global energy markets in the years ahead.FT-Energy-Strategies-Summite1505fa208e2c972cf761b5e1acebfe5MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (25)

Harold  Hamm

Harold Hamm

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Continental Resources

Harold Hamm is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources.He is also Chairman of the Board of Hiland Holdings and has also co- founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, which aims to preserve the millions of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenues generated by onshore drilling and production activities within the United States. He is past Chairman and presently a member of the board of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and served as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, Mr Hamm was the last of 13 children born to sharecroppers. He went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. He built a grassroots startup into an NYSE-traded, Top 10 producer of petroleum liquids in the United States. As a voice for America’s oil and natural gas industry, he’s on a mission to help make America energy independent within the next decade.

Leo  Denault

Leo Denault

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Entergy Corporation

Leo Denault is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Corporation, a role he assumed in 2013. Headquartered in New Orleans, Entergy is an integrated energy company that owns and operates regulated and merchant power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity. The company’s Utility business serves nearly 3 million customers in four states in the US. Gulf South; its merchant portfolio, among the strongest in the country, comprises nuclear plants that primarily serve the country’s north-eastern states, including the New York metropolitan area.

From 2004-2012, Mr Denault served as Entergy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure, among other things he strengthened the company’s liquidity position, resulting in nearly $4 billion in resources at the end of2012. He was named to Institutional Investor’s 2010 All-America Executive Team and ranked as top CFO in the power industry for two consecutive years. He also ranked among the top five industry CFOs in 2006-2010. Mr Denault joined Entergy in March 1999 as Vice President of Corporate Development, in which role he counseled every major investment and divestment decision. Prior to joining Entergy, he served as Vice president of Corporate development at Cinergy Corporation, where he was also involved in every major investment transaction, including the acquisition of generation, distribution and trading businesses. Mr Denault serves on the board of directors for the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators, as well as the Atlanta Centre Regional Governing Board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators. He has an MBA from Indiana University and a B.S., with a double major in Economics and Accounting, from Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind.

Miguel Galuccio

Miguel Galuccio

President and CEO

Miguel Galuccio has been the President and CEO of YPF – the leading energy company in Argentina since May 2012.In his almost three years leading the company, YPF has managed to reverse its decline and has achieved its best results in oil and gas production of the last 10 years. He secured a deal with Chevron, the second most important oil company in the United States, and the oil and gas company of Malaysia, Petronas, to develop the Vaca Muerta formation in the province of Neuquén. Mr Galuccio has more than 20 years of international experience in the oil industry. He was president of Schlumberger Production Management, and was responsible for its creation. He has also held director roles and led teams in the United States, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia and China. His strengths are his capacity for leadership, his strategic vision and his international experience in the creation and leadership of oil and gas companies in a global market.

Marvin  Odum

Marvin Odum

Director, Upstream Americas, President
Shell Oil Company

Marvin Odum is President of Shell Oil Company and Upstream Director of Royal Dutch Shell’s subsidiary companies in the Americas. Mr Odum directs a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deepwater, wind and biofuels. He engages with public, private, media and non-governmental leaders on a wide range of energy policy issues and is charged with establishing and advocating innovative, industry-leading solutions to the challenge of securing safe, secure and sustainable energy sources.

Mr Odum is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves in leadership positions on the Business Roundtable, the American Petroleum Institute, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Advisory Board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, the Board of Visitors of the University of Houston, and the University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors for MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Mr Odum earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas and a master’s degree from the University of Houston.

Sadad Al-Husseini

Sadad Al-Husseini

Owner and Founder
Husseini Energy Co.

Sadad Al-Husseini is the Founder and President of the consultancy Husseini Energy Co., based in Bahrainand Saudi Arabia.Husseini Energy caters to an exclusive clientele in international finance and is focused on the oil and gas industry in terms of
production capacity, oil supply and demand balance issues, and the commercial
outlook for oil services and EPC developments. Dr Al-Husseini is also a member of
the Advisory Board of the Energy Intelligence Group, and is senior energy advisor at
the King Faisal Foundation in Saudi Arabia. His professional career began in Aramco
where he became Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production in 1986, and
later Executive Vice President for Upstream Operations from 1996. While with
Aramco, he worked closely with senior Saudi government officials both inside and
outside the energy sector. He is credited with the modern redevelopment of many of
Saudi Aramco’s vast oil fields, the discovery and development of its Paleozoic oil
and gas fields, and the establishment of its leading-edge Exploration and Petroleum
Engineering Center in Dhahran. He retired from Aramco in 2004. He also served on
the Board of the Saudi Electricity Company from 1999 to 2002. Dr Al-Husseini
obtained his BSc in geology from the American University and an MSc and PhD in
Geological Sciences from Brown University. He was elected distinguished and
honorary member of the American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers and the
Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a distinguished graduate of Brown University
and the American University of Beirut. He holds the King Abdul Aziz Medal of Honor
in the First Degree.

Kevin  Crutchfield

Kevin Crutchfield

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Alpha Natural Resources

Kevin Crutchfield is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. He has been with the company since its formation in 2003, serving as Executive Vice-President, Director, President, and most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Crutchfield is a 26-year coal industry veteran with technical, operating and executive management experience. He was President of Coastal Coal Co., LLC and Vice President of El Paso Corporation. From 2000 to 2001, Mr Crutchfield served as President and CEO of AMVEST Minerals Corporation and President of the parent company, AMVEST Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr Crutchfield held senior management positions at Pittston Coal Company and Cyprus Amax Coal Company.

Ruben Camarillo

Ruben Camarillo

Deputy, LX11 Lesgislature of the Mexican Congress

Ruben Camarillo is a chemical engineer and lawyer. He has served in government
for the last nine years, as federal legislator in the Mexican Congress from 2006 to
2012, and as Senator and 2012-2015. As Congressman, he was the leader and
speaker of the negotiators team for the constitutional and legal Energy Reform in
Mexico, and as legislator, he was part of Energy, Economy and Foreign Affairs
Commissions. Mr Camarillo previously worked for PEMEX and the Mexican
Petroleum Institute, and in his native state he served as Secretary for Economic
Development. In the private sector has served as Operations Country Manager of
Texas Instruments in Mexico and ran his own consultancy firm for several years
before taking up his responsibilities in government. Mr Camarillo gained a Master’s
degree in Petroleum and Petrochemical Technologies, and this summer will achieve
his Master Degree in Corporate Law.

Timothy  Dove

Timothy Dove

President and COO
Pioneer Natural Resources

In November 2004, Tim Dove was appointed the President and Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Natural Resources. As President and COO, Mr Dove is responsible for Pioneer’s oil and gas assets and operations, including drilling and HS&E, and for the Company’s engineering and oil and natural gas marketing activities. He is a member of Pioneer’s Management Committee and also serves on Pioneer’s Board of Directors.

Mr Dove previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from February 2000 through November 2004, as well as Executive Vice President-Business Development from August 1997 to January 2000. In 1994, Mr Dove joined Pioneer's predecessor, Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company, and served as Vice President of International Operations. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development in October 1996 and served through August 1997.

Earlier in his career, Mr Dove worked for Diamond Shamrock Corporation and its successor, Maxus Energy Corporation, in various capacities in international exploration and production, marketing, refining, planning and development.

He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in finance and marketing, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr Dove currently serves on the Corporate Development Committee of MIT and the Board of Trustees for KidLinks Foundation. He is also a member of the Dream Dallas Advisory Council for Habitat for Humanity. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board and as executive committee member for the Dallas Wildcat Committee and is a past President of the Dallas Petroleum Club Board of Directors.

Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward


Tony is Chairman of Glencore, a Managing Partner of St James’s Asset Management LLP, Chairman of Andes Holding and Chairman of Compact GtL. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010 having joined BP in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea. Following a series of roles overseas he joined the Upstream Executive Committee in 1997. He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP’s upstream activities and member of the Main Board of BP in 2003.
In June 2011 Tony founded Vallares plc, a $2.2bn acquisition company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Following the merger of Vallares plc and Genel Energy International, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, he became Chief Executive of Genel Energy plc in November 2011. He was appointed Chairman of Genel Energy in August 2015 and retired from this position in June 2017.

Tony is a member of the British Museum’s Chairman’s Advisory Board, chairs Aston University Development Board and is Advisor to the European Institute of Bioenergy at Aston University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a visiting Professor in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.
Tony studied geology at Aston University in Birmingham and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Birmingham and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.

Carol Browner

Carol Browner

Leadership Council
Nuclear Matters

Carol Browner most recently served as assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established a national car policy that included both new automobile fuel-efficiency standards and the first-ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Ms Browner was a Founding Principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.

From 1993 to 2001, Ms Browner served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set science-based public health protections while providing businesses with important flexibilities in how to meet those standards.

From 1991 to 1993, Ms Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States.

Adam  Sieminski

Adam Sieminski

US Energy Information Administration

The Honorable Adam Sieminski was sworn in on June 4, 2012, as the eighth Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting confirmation as EIA Administrator, Mr Sieminski served as a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council. From 2005 until March 2012, he was the Chief Energy Economist for Deutsche Bank, working with the bank’s global commodities research and trading units. Mr Sieminski forecasted energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics and commodity prices. From 1998 to 2005, he served as the Director and Energy Strategist for Deutsche Bank’s global oil and gas equity team. Prior to that, from 1988 to 1997, Mr Sieminski was the Senior Energy Analyst for NatWest Securities in the United States, covering the major US international integrated oil companies. Mr Sieminski has also acted as a Senior Advisor to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a Senior Fellow and ex-President of the US Association for Energy Economics. In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr Sieminski to the US National Petroleum Council (NPC), where he helped author the NPC’s global oil and gas study Hard Truths. Mr Sieminski was also an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS. He received both an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell University.

Ivan  Sandrea

Ivan Sandrea

Sierra Oil & Gas

Ivan Sandrea has 20 years of executive and technical experience in oil and gas and has been involved in Mexico since 2007. Prior to becoming Sierra Oil & Gas CEO, Mr Sandrea was upstream strategy advisor to a number of global oil and gas companies and co-headed the global oil and gas in emerging markets practice for EY. His previous leadership, new venture growth, commercial and technical positions include Upstream M&A advisor at Petra, President of Energy Intelligence, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Statoil, Technical Director of Pan Andean Resources (sold to Petrominerales), Officer at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Investment Banker at Merrill Lynch and Exploration/Operations Geologist at BP. Mr Sandrea is an active member of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC) in Washington DC. Mr Sandrea holds a BSc in Geology from Baylor University in Texas, and an MSc and MBA from Edinburgh University, and attended the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program.

Bill  Powers

Bill Powers

"Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth"

Bill Powers is an independent analyst and private investor. Mr Powers sits on the Board of Directors of Calgary-based Arsenal Energy. He has been an active investor for over 25 years and holds a BS in Finance from Georgetown University.

Michael  Smith

Michael Smith

Chairman and CEO
Freeport LNG

Michael Smith is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Freeport LNG Development, L.P., which owns an LNG receiving terminal in Quintana, Texas, and is now constructing a $13+ billion U.S. gas liquefaction and LNG export project with a capacity of 2.1 Bcf/d of LNG equivalent. Last November Freeport LNG received final regulatory approvals for the liquefaction facility and later that month closed financing and commenced construction on the project’s initial two trains. Trains 1 and 2 are anticipated to start operations 45 and 50 months from start of construction, respectively. Financial close and start of construction on a third train of the project is expected in the second quarter of 2015. Approximately 13.2 million tonnes per annum of LNG has been contracted under 20-year use-or-pay liquefaction tolling agreements with Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric, BP Energy Company, Toshiba Corp. and SK E&S LNG, LLC. Before his investment in Freeport LNG, Mr Smith founded Basin Exploration, Inc., and served as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.  Basin was a publicly traded oil and gas company active in the Gulf of Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2001 Basin was sold to Stone Energy in a $410 million stock-for-stock merger.

Karen  Harbert

Karen Harbert

President and CEO
Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Karen Harbert is President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Institute). Ms Harbert leads the Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education, and advocacy. Under Ms Harbert’s leadership, the Energy Institute has evolved into a premier national and international organization dedicated to advancing a constructive energy agenda with the business community, policymakers, and consumers. Ms Harbert frequently testifies in front of Congress and provides analysis to the media, policymakers, and industry leaders.

Ms Harbert led the Energy Institute’s development of its comprehensive Energy Works for US platform, which provides policy recommendations to secure our nation’s energy future and create millions of jobs, billions of dollars in revenue, and trillions of dollars of private investment.  Under Ms Harbert’s leadership, it established the groundbreaking Index of Energy Security Risk and the International Index of Energy Security Risk, the first tools to quantify America’s energy security on an annual basis. 

Ms Harbert is the former Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the US Department of Energy (DOE). She was the primary policy adviser to the secretary of Energy and to the department on domestic and international energy issues. 

Prior to joining the DOE, Ms Harbert was Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

She received a degree in international policy studies and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. 

Luis  Giusti

Luis Giusti

Senior Adviser, Americas Program, Energy and National Security
Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Luis Giusti, a petroleum engineer and private consultant, is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, principally in energy and Latin American affairs. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Riverstone-Carlyle, as well a member of the Board of Governors and Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Centre for Global Energy Studies in London. He is a member of the Advisory boards of Energy Intelligence Group and the Inter American Dialogue.   Between September 2000 and September 2005 he was a Non-Executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell. In academia, he is a member of the advisory boards of the The Energy Institute of the University of Houston and the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University.  Mr Giusti began his career at Shell Corporation in Venezuela after which, in 1976, he joined Maraven, S.A., an operating affiliate of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). In 1994 he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the corporation, a job he held until March 1999. He graduated in 1966 from the University of Zulia, Venezuela, and received an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1971

Carlos  Pascual

Carlos Pascual

Senior Vice President, Global Energy
IHS Markit

Carlos Pascual, former senior US diplomat and most recently the State Department’s top energy official, joined IHS in January 2015 as Senior Vice President to focus on global energy issues and international affairs. As the US Energy Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Mr Pascual established and directed the new Energy Resources Bureau at the State Department and was Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. He had previously been US Ambassador to both Mexico and Ukraine, and was Special Assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council.Mr Pascual created the position of Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, establishing the State Department’s first civilian response capacity to conflicts.  He also was the State Department’s coordinator for US assistance to Europe and Eurasia. From 1995 through 2000, Mr Pascual served as Special assistant to the President and successively as Director and then Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia at the National Security Council. Mr Pascual has also held leadership roles at the US Agency for International Development, including as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, Chief of Policy and Strategy for Africa, and in field postings in Mozambique, South Africa and Sudan. During his time at the Brookings Institution, Mr Pascual served as both Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies and launched the Brookings Energy Security Initiative. Mr Pascual received his Masters of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. His book, Power and Responsibility, won a 2009 award for the best political science book published by an independent publisher.

Tatiana  Mitrova

Tatiana Mitrova

Head of Oil and Gas Department, Energy Research Institute
Russian Academy of Sciences

Dr Tatiana Mitrova is Head of the Oil and Gas Department of Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS) She is also a member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on fuel and energy complex, and member of the Board of Directors in E.ON-Russia JSC.

Dr Mitrova has twenty years of experience in dealing with the development of Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring. She leads the annual “Global and Russian Energy Outlook Up To 2040” project.

Dr Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State University’s Economics Department. She is an Assistant Professor at Gubkin Oil and Gas University and Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris School of International Affairs. She has more than 120 publications in scientific and business journals and has authored four books.

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Deputy US News Editor
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is Deputy US News Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. He is also author of the FT's Ambitious Wealth column. Mr Foley was previously US Investment Correspondent, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues, and before that, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Poppy Allonby

Poppy Allonby

Managing Director
BlackRock Investment Management

Poppy Allonby, CFA, is Managing Director at BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd. She is a member of BlackRock's Natural Resources Equity team and is responsible for the firm's Energy and New Energy funds (including BGF World Energy, BGF New Energy, and BlackRock Energy & Resources Trust). Ms Allonby's service with the firm dates back to 2000, including her years at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Prior to joining the Natural Resources team she was an Analyst on the US Equity team, responsible for Basic Materials, Utilities and Energy sectors. Ms Allonby earned a BSc degree in physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology.

N. John  Lancaster

N. John Lancaster

Partner and Managing Director

John Lancaster joined Riverstone in 2000 and is responsible for the sourcing and management of investments across the energy industry, with a particular emphasis on the oilfield service and exploration and production sectors. Mr Lancaster serves on the Boards of Directors of Abaco Energy Technologies, Barra Energia, Cuadrilla Resources, Dynamic Industries, Enduro Resource Partners, Fieldwood Energy, Hudson Products, Kerogen Exploration, Liberty Oilfield Services, Liberty Resources II LLC, Ridgebury Tankers, Rock Oil, UTEX Industries and Wayne Fueling Systems. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr Lancaster was a Director with The Beacon Group, LLC ("Beacon"), a privately held firm specializing in principal investing and strategic advisory services in the energy and other industries. Mr Lancaster began his career at Bankers Trust and later at CS First Boston, spending time as an investment banker and equity research analyst focused on the oil service and unregulated gas transmission sectors of the energy industry.

Mr Lancaster received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas, where he serves on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael  Levi

Michael Levi

Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Michael Levi is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations and Director of CFR’s Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. He is an expert on domestic and international energy markets and policy, climate change, and nuclear security. D. Levi is author of four books, most recently The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future, which explored the drivers and consequences of two emerging revolutions in American energy, and By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World (with Elizabeth Economy), which investigated Chinese efforts to security natural resources, including in North America. His recent writings include studies of US natural gas exports, the Canadian oil sands, and the global politics and economics of clean energy innovation. He is a member of the Advisory Board to Princeton University's Carbon Mitigation Initiative and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for NewWorld Capital LLC. Before joining CFR, Dr Levi was a Science Fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Dr Levi holds an MA in physics from Princeton University and a PhD. in war studies from the University of London (King’s College).

Ian  Simm

Ian Simm

Founder and Chief Executive
Impax Asset Management

Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, a leading investment manager focused on resource efficiency and environmental markets. Mr Simm has been responsible for building the company since its launch in 1998, and continues to head the listed equities and real assets investment committees. Impax manages or advises approximately US$ 4.6 billion of capital, which is invested globally on behalf of institutional clients.

Prior to Impax, Mr Simm was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on resource efficiency issues. In 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary of State (Senior Minister) for Business, Innovation and Skills as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science. He has a first class honours degree in Physics
from Cambridge University and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Neil  Wizel

Neil Wizel

Managing Director
First Reserve

Neil A. Wizel is a Managing Director with First Reserve, having joined the firm in 2007. His responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution, monitoring and exit strategy with a focus throughout the energy value chain, including reserves; equipment, manufacturing, and services; and downstream and hydrocarbon processing assets. Prior to joining First Reserve, Mr Wizel was a member of the Investment Staff at Greenbriar Equity Group, a transportation–focused private equity firm. Prior to Greenbriar, he was a Financial Analyst in the Leveraged Finance/Financial Sponsor Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr Wizel holds a B.A. from Emory University.

First Reserve is the largest global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy. With over 30 years of industry insight, investment expertise and operational excellence, the Firm has cultivated an enduring network of global relationships and raised more than USD $30 billion of aggregate capital since inception. Putting these to work, First Reserve has completed more than 550 transactions (including platform investments and add-on acquisitions) on six continents. Its portfolio companies span the energy spectrum from upstream oil and gas to midstream and downstream, including resources, equipment and services and infrastructure.


Why Attend?

  • Hear from industry experts on the outlook and catalysts for an oil price rebound -- how long can low prices be sustained? Will high cost producers be squeezed out of the market? 
  • Explore the shifts in the global energy markets and the likely impact of increasing geopolitical and economic disruptions on future energy supply. 
  • Discover the potential of Latin America as a supplier to Northern American markets and beyond 
  • Gain insights on the impact of ‘America’s second revolution’ in clean energy on the future US energy mix and on the future of traditional fossil fuel power generation. 
  • Participate in in-depth discussions on key topics and strategies to include anticipating and responding to emerging risks and opportunities in the industry. 
  • Network with senior executive-level industry professionals, financiers and investors.

Who Attends?

The FT Energy Strategies Summit will be attended by senior-level executives and corporate decision-makers from the following industries and sectors:

  • Oil and Gas Service Companies
  • Renewable and Independent Energy Providers
  • Gas Transportation and Distribution Providers
  • LNG Shipping,Traders and Operators
  • Commodity/Energy Traders and Analysts 
  • Energy Financiers including investment banks, private equity and investors
  • Energy Consultants and Lawyers

Agenda - 14th May

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Opening Address: US Energy Policy

    Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources, Inc.

    Click here to download the keynote presentation slides.

  • 9:30am
    Panel: Prospects and Potential for US Shale-How Long will the Growth Spurt Last?

    The transformation of the US as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas has been the biggest success story of the global energy markets in recent years. US crude production has risen over 65% since 2008, accounting for all net increase in world crude since 2005. The hope for the global economy is that the country’s energy boom will continue. Yet the future is uncertain. With oil prices in freefall, signs of a slowdown across the US shale industry are mounting. How far can prices fall for production to be maintained? How long can Middle East producers hold out at current low prices? Will the oil price recover,and if so, how will the rebound come about? How sustainable is the shale transformation?

    Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources, Inc.
    Adam Sieminski, Administrator, US Energy Information Administration
    Bill Powers, Author, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth"

    Moderated by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    FT CEO Interview

    Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company and Director, Upstream Americas  

  • 10:35am
    Networking Break
  • 10:55am
    Panel: Tectonic Shifts: US Energy Exports – a New Era in US Energy Relations and Trade

    With LNG exports from the US already underway, attention is now turning to the potential for export of US crude. The recent exports of light crude condensates from the US this summer represents a momentous change in the country’s four decade ban on crude exports, with the potential for the US to entry the global stage as a significant oil exporter. The turnaround has important potential consequences for the economy, energy trade, and energy prices and for US international relations: what are the pros and cons of US energy exports, and the potential for the US to become a significant exporter of oil and gas? What will be the impact on global LNG trade, on global crude flow and on gas and oil price differentials? What are the economic implications and how would it redefine America’s place in the world and international relations? How do they fit with the US government’s attempts to instill climate resilience on overseas markets with which it will trade?

    Timothy Dove, President and COO, Pioneer Natural Resources
    Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Michael Smith, Chairman and CEO, Freeport LNG
    Neil Wizel, Managing Director, First Reserve

    Moderated by: John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 11:45am
    Panel: US Energy and Global Energy Security

    Has the world become too reliant on the US energy boom? With the future of US production uncertain, the potential for supply disruptions and rising geopolitical and security risks may not have been fully factored into investment plans and into expectations for future energy prices.How might the fall in the oil price and related investment by oil and gas companies impact future supply? What are the potential trouble spots in the international markets? What impact will sanctions have on the Russian energy supply in the years ahead? What is the potential for further supply disruptions in OPEC countries, and in GCC in particular? How much could promising shale deposits around the world add to supply? How might China evolve as an energy superpower and as the principle source of demand? How might the fall in investment by oil and gas companies in their quest for cost cuts and capital efficiencies impact future supply? How can the world best prepare for this future of supply and demand uncertainty?

    Sadad Al-Husseini, Owner and Founder, Husseini Energy Co.
    Tony Hayward, Executive Director & CEO, Genel Energy and Chairman, Glencore
    Tatiana Mitrova, Head of Oil and Gas Department, Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
    Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Global Energy, International Affairs, IHS

    Moderated by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:35pm
    Keynote Address/Interview

    Leo Denault, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Entergy Corporation

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Panel: Harnessing Latin America’s Untapped Potential

    Much hope for future energy supplies, and for North America’s hopes of self-sufficiency is placed in the potential for new supply from Latin America where reforms and liberalization of the energy sector in countries throughout the region are creating a multitude of opportunities for energy investors. New legislation recently passed in Mexico will see the country’s energy sector open for investment for the first time in over 70 years. The region is also home to some of the best shale energy prospects in the world with Argentina ranked 3rd in the world in terms of recoverable reserves. Brazil and Mexico are in the world’s top ten for shale gas reserves, and the considerable potential of Brazil’s pre-salt continues to excite, despite on-going political and technical challenges. How will Latin America add to global supply? What role will the state play in the energy industry of the region going forward? What are the hurdles ahead in the Mexico reform plan and can Mexico become a strategic energy producer and exporter? Will shale be a game changer in Latin America? What is the experience of the investors-how are they dealing with risk and security issues?

    Ruben Camarillo, Deputy, LX11 Legislature of the Mexican Congress
    Luis Giusti, Senior Adviser, Americas Program, Energy and National Security, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    Ivan Sandrea, CEO, Sierra Oil and Gas
    Armando Zamora, Independent Consultant and Advisor, Former Director of the National Hydrocarbon Agency of Colombia

    Moderated by: John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 2:45pm
    Keynote Address/Interview

    Kevin Crutchfield, Chairman and CEO, Alpha Natural Resources

  • 3:10pm
    Quick Break
  • 3:20pm
    Panel: America's Second Energy Revolution: Clean Energy in an Age of Fossil Fuel Abundance

    In the midst of all the excitement regarding US shale gas and tight oil it is easy to forget America’s second revolution. Solar prices have dropped to a point where they are reaching grid parity and price competitiveness with fossil fuels for power generation, not only in parts of the US, but in an increasing number of markets across the globe. Distributed energy is already eating into revenues and partly marginalising traditional, fossil fuel power generation. Yet the seemingly relentless focus on fossil fuels and the abundance which it potentially provides casts an uneasy shadow over the prospects of clean energy. How will clean energy investments hold up against falling fossil fuel prices? Or is the future bright for clean energy? With Paris climate talks ahead, how likely are we to reach an agreement, and what difference could it make to the balance between fossil fuels and clean energy in the energy mix? What is the future for fossil fuel generation and what do the lessons of Germany’s energy transition tell about how the market might develop? Can fossil fuels, efficiency and renewable peacefully ‘co-exist’-is gas the’ bridge’ to a new energy future or a ‘bridge to nowhere’ as some have claimed? What are the implications for energy policy?

    Thomas Plagemann, Executive Vice President,Capital Markets, Vivint Solar
    Michael Levi, David M.Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy, Council on Foreign Relations
    Carol Browner, Leadership Council, Nuclear Matters

    Leo Denault, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Entergy

    Moderated by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Risk and Opportunity in the Global Energy Industry-The Financiers and Investors Perspective

    With uncertainties in the US and global markets increasing, our panel of leading financial experts share their views on both the risks and the opportunities facing the industry. How do they see investment patterns changing in the face of growing oil price volatility and potential future carbon constraints? Will debt and equity markets continue to support shale production? Will they be persuaded by the arguments in favour of fossil fuel divestment, and what will be the likely impact of this emerging trend? Will the disinvestment from fossil fuels necessarily lead to increased investment in clean energy? What will be needed to encourage investment on the scale needed to meet future energy challenges, and what are the innovative financing models, mechanisms and business models emerging for investment across oil. gas and clean energy?

    Poppy Allonby, Managing Director, BlackRock Investment Management
    N. John Lancaster, Partner, Riverstone Holdings
    W. Mark Meyer, Managing Director, Securities, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co
    Ian Simm, Founder and Chief Executive, Impax Asset Management

    Moderated by: Stephen Foley, US Investment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Close of Conference


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