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2017 Symposium Agenda

 

2020 SYMPOSIUM

PANELS

Financing Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets
Green energy projects must be planned, designed and implemented sustainably to ensure economic growth and climate resilience. Emerging markets have an untapped potential to generate electricity but often face challenges related to project bankability, administrative capacity, grid stability, policy, regulation and corruption. This panel will explore opportunities for investors to deploy renewable energy, the investment risks embedded in the project cycle and the role of financial stakeholders and development institutions to promote environmental and social development.
Moderator: Daniel Gross
Adjunct professor at Columbia SIPA; Principal at Pivotal180
Panelist: Jayaprada Viswanadha
Managing Director, Structured Finance Advisory, Credit Agricole CIB 

Panelist: Bruce Levy
 
President and CEO, BMR Energy 

Panelist: Leonardo Hernandez
 
Director, Marathon Capital 

Additional panelists to be announced shortly!

Location: Faculty House

Time: TBD, Feb. 21, 2020

 

Transportation in Transition: How Clean, Smart, and Shared Solutions are Shaping Mobility
The transportation sector is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, driving an increased focus on decarbonizing this sector. At the same time, zero-emission vehicle technologies are now more available than ever and are evolving with complementary technologies for connected and shared mobility solutions. Can electric vehicles be deployed at scale and will the charging infrastructure be there to meet growing demand? What opportunities exist for fleets to decarbonize and electrify? Panelists will discuss innovation in zero carbon technologies (from very small to very large vehicles), their future applications and challenges, and the role of policy and capital in shaping transportation sector transitions.
Moderator: TBD
 
Panelist: Nick Albanese
 
Associate, Advanced Transport, BloombergNEF 

 

 

Additional panelists to be announced shortly!

Location: Faculty House

Time: TBD, Feb. 21, 2020

Transitioning the Energy System to Net-Zero
This panel will explore the various levels of an equitable, economic and timely transition to a net zero future. Leaders in utilities, corporations and policy will be tasked with designing the trajectory of this transition from carbon taxes to new sources of clean energy to sequestration technology. Which industries will be responsible for the successful movement toward net zero and which will be left behind? How will the transition affect both consumers and producers in a regional and global context? This panel will analyze the extent to which net zero policies will work and how they will play out in the markets responsible for implementation.
 
 
Moderator: Michael Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School 

Panelist: Dan Lashof
Director, United States, World Resources Institute 

Panelist: Gary Sutherland
Team Leader, External Relations - Exports and Acquisitions, Hydro Quebec 
Panelist: Jennifer Hsia
Managing Senior Counsel, NRG 

 

 

Additional panelists to be announced shortly!

Location: Faculty House

Time: TBD, Feb. 21, 2020

ESG Investing and the Energy Sector

Globally, “sustainable investing” assets under management (AUM) have surpassed $30 trillion and are expected to continue to grow rapidly. How will these investment managers reconcile their Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) mandates with investments in the energy sector? Are ESG and transition risks being appropriately priced by investors? As ESG AUM continues to grow, will ESG “friendly” companies benefit from a cost of capital advantage? How can energy companies position their business decisions to attract ESG investment capital?

Moderator: TBD

Panelist: Daniel Shurey
Vice President, Sustainable Finance, ING

Panelist: Mark Savino
Vice President, ESG Research, Morgan Stanley

Additional panelists to be announced soon!

Location: Faculty House

Time: TBD, Feb. 21, 2020

Women in Energy Panel: Energy and Climate Policy in an Election Year
In an election year in which women could be the decisive force, the Women in Energy panel will explore the importance of the female perspective in shaping sector policy. It will also provide an opportunity for guest speakers to illuminate the role that politics has on the trajectory of the sector, ways that their work has been impacted and how they navigate an ever dynamic energy and climate policy landscape.
Moderator: Amy Jaffe
 
 
Director of the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations;
Co-chair of Women in Energy Steering Committee at the Center on Global Energy Policy
Panelist: Kristin Barbato
Founder and CEO, Build Edison
Panelist: Isabel Beltrán
 
Director of Energy and Resilience, Rockefeller Foundation

 

Additional panelists to be announced shortly!

Location: Faculty House

Time: TBD, Feb. 21, 2020

Next Generation Energy Technologies

The way the world generates and consumes energy is changing quickly. Technological innovation plays a significant role to improve access to energy sources in developing nations and to meet global environmental goals. Our panel explores promising areas of innovation that could have a significant impact on the energy landscape of the future and challenges for these new technologies to reach the point of competitive maturity. 

Moderator: Travis Bradford

Adjunct Professor Columbia University SIPA;

Founder and President of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development

Panelist: Peter Davidson
 
CEO, Aligned Climate Capital

Panelist: Samuel Bordenave
Manager, Business Development, Tesla

Panelist: Carl Perez
CEO / Co-Founder, Elysium Industries 

Additional panelists to be announced shortly!

Location: Faculty House

Time: TBD, Feb. 21, 2020