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2019 Energy Conference

Theme: Capitalizing on Energy Evolution

The 11th annual Duke University Energy Conference featured keynote presentations, panel discussions, moderated dialogues, and networking events. This year's theme was "Capitalizing on Energy Evolution," and speakers discussed the intersection of energy and transportation, finance, technology, and resources. The recent pace of change in energy presents both growth opportunities and complex challenges for all industry stakeholders. Evolution within production, distribution, storage, and technology will continue to demand businesses adapt quickly in order to capitalize on new opportunities, implement effective strategies, and avoid being disrupted by others. 

Keynote speakers included:

  • Mark Florian (T'80) -- Managing Director, BlackRock

  • Barbara Burger -- President, Technology Ventures at Chevron

Additionally, speakers joined us from  Deloitte's Oil, Gas, and Chemicals, ABB, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Natural Resources Defense Council, Tesla, Zoox, Proterra, Duke Energy, ChargePoint, and more.

2018 Energy Conference

Theme: Exploring the New Energy Future

The 10th annual Duke University Energy Conference brought 300 students, faculty, and industry executives together on November 7, 2018 at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Organized by the Duke MBA Energy Club in partnership with other entities on campus, the 2018 conference was oriented around a theme of “Exploring the New Energy Future” and included conversations on energy finance, the digital future of energy, transportation, microgrids, the transformation of the electric utility, and innovation in the oil and gas industry, among others.  Keynote speakers included:

  • Gerard Anderson Chairman and CEO DTE Energy
  • Norman Bay Former FERC Chairman & Partner - Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP

Additionally, speakers joined us from Schneider Electric, Nissan Motors, Shell New Energies, Greensmith Energy, ScottMadden, Accenture, and more.

2017 Energy Conference

The Conference featured keynote presentations, panel discussions, moderated dialogues, and networking events. Panelists discussed the intersection of energy and transportation, finance, technology, water, and food & agriculture. Keynote Speakers included:

  • Brad Kitchens – CEO, ScottMadden

  • Sayun Sukduang – CEO, Engie Resources

2016 Energy Conference

Theme: The Technology and Innovation Driving Our Energy Future

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, Duke University hosted the 2016 Duke University Energy Conference. Over 400 executives, students, faculty, and alumni gathered at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to hear keynote speakers including:

  • Mauricio Gutierrez, President & CEO, NRG Energy

  • Ellen Williams, Director, ARPA-E

  • David Brewster, President & Co-Founder, EnerNOC

Organized around a theme of “The Technology and Innovation Driving Our Energy Future,” this day-long event featured panel discussions on:

  • The Future of Transportation

  • Electric Grid Innovations

  • Energy Access

  • Electric Utilities

2015 Energy Conference

Theme: Investing in the Energy Future

On November 11, 2015, over 400 executives, students, faculty, and alumni gathered at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business for the school’s annual energy conference. The 2015 conference featured keynote speakers including:

  • Governor Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico

  • Kristina Johnson, CEO, Enduring Hydro

  • Ram R. Krishnan, Vice President, Profit Planning & Perfect Execution, Emerson

Organized around a theme of “Investing in the Energy Future,” the conference focused on questions including: What will be the model for utilities of the future?, How do energy and environmental policy impact business strategies?, How do you get technology out of the laboratory?, and What are the impacts and expectations of the recent drop in oil prices?

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