Houston Low-Carbon Energy Summit brought to you by the Center for Houston’s Future | GEC 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Center for Houston’s Future will bring together senior energy executives, climate experts and other thought leaders for the Houston Climate Change Summit to start a dialogue on harnessing Houston’s industry expertise to address global warming. This is an opportunity to join peers in developing common understandings and discussing opportunities for actionable next steps. This conversation on Houston’s role in addressing climate change will send a clear message that energy companies and stakeholders are actively managing the Future of Energy.





Time       Topic/Panel
9:00-9:05 am Welcome & Introduction
9:05 am - 9:35 am Energy Scenarios and Implications for the Gulf Coast
  • Randy Bell, Managing Director ,Atlantic Council
  • Andy Steinhubl, Strategy Partner, KPMG
9:35 am - 10:35 am

Visions of our Energy Future

  • Regina Mayor, Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources


  • Jim Ajello, Former CFO, Hawaiian Electric Industries
  • Cindy Yeilding, Senior Vice President, BP
  • Scott Prochazka, CEO, Centerpoint
  • Charlene Olivia Russell, VP, Low Carbon Strategies, Oxy
  • Mary Anne Brelinsky, CEO, EDF Trading
10:35-10:50 am Break
10:50-11:50 am

Energy Transformations

  • Ted Surette, Global Head of Power & Utilities and National Industry Leader, Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG Australia


  • Ned Harvey, Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Jason Klein, VP, U.S. Energy Transition Strategy, Shell
  • Frank O'Sullivan, Former Research Director, MIT Energy Initiative
  • Melanie Kinderdine, Partner, Energy Future Initiatives
11:50 am -12:25 pm Lunch Begins
12:25 pm -1:00 pm Lunch Keynote - Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
1:00-1:20 pm Break (servers will clear tables)
1:20-2:05 pm

Energy Innovation and Decarbonization

  • Michael Hayes, Global Leader of Renewable, KPMG Ireland


  • Tim Kopra, Partner, Blue Bear Capital
  • Charlie Bowser, President, NET Power
  • Mark Coalmer, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
  • Varun Rai, Executive Director, UT Energy Institute
  • Sadas Shanker, Professor, Harvard
  • Ben Wilson, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud
2:05-3:05 pm

Grand Challenges in Decarbonizing the Energy Value Chain
Breakout Sessions:


  • Bob Zabors, Enovation Partners
  • Dan Gabaldon, Enovation Partners
  • Greg Bean
  • Jonathan Peacock

Industrial Emissions:

  • Terry Hester
  • Richard Stuebi


  • Arun Mani, Strategy Partner, KPMG
  • Henk Mooiweer
3:05-3:20 pm Break
3:20-4:05 pm

Houston's Competitive Advantages in Creating a Low Carbon Energy Sector


  • Andy Steinhubl, Strategy Principal, KPMG


  • Michael Skelly, Senior Advisor, Lazard
  • Ramanan Krishnamoorti, VP, Energy Initiative University of Houston
  • Bob  Harvey, CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
  • Lara Cottingham , Chief Sustainability officer, City of Houston
  • Chuck McConnell
  • Pat Wood, Former Chair, FERC
4:05-4:15 pm Conclusions and Next Steps
Brett Perlman, CEO, Center for Houston Future