About Membership

The EDGE Advisory Board is designed to foster close working relationships between leading business practitioners and academics to create new knowledge and solutions to energy and sustainability challenges that benefit both members and EDGE.  This invitation-only group includes both Duke alumni and non-alumni members.


The EDGE Advisory Board brings together leaders to:

  • Identify and prioritize emerging trends and key challenges at the intersection of energy, development, and environmental sustainability
  • Review and commission cutting-edge theoretical and applied research
  • Identify opportunities to convene industry and other stakeholders to collaborate around shared challenges and opportunities
  • Share best practices with other leading firms
  • Advise Duke on initiatives that are responsive to market realities and the perspectives of recruiters, practitioners, and thought leaders


Membership offers the following benefits:

  • Peer-to-peer engagement. The EDGE Advisory Board provides an opportunity for organizations to learn and discuss best practices on energy and environment issues in a setting that breaks down industry silos. Members have a chance to engage on discussions that affect the entire energy value chain, foster new partnerships, and learn from peers in other industries that are working on similar issues.
  • Access to research and collaboration opportunities. Advisory Board membership allows members special access to fundamental and applied research from across Duke’s campus. Faculty present research findings at each Advisory Board meeting, and EDGE serves as a portal to practical and interdisciplinary insights that may provide your organization with unique competitive advantage.
  • Access to top MBA talent. Fuqua School of Business is among the top 10 business schools in the world, and membership on the EDGE Advisory Board gives your organization heightened visibility with our MBA students. Advisory Board members have access to teams of students for consulting projects, as well as unique opportunities to sponsor student events during the recruiting season.
  • Affiliation with one of the world’s leading universities. Duke University is renowned not only for its Fuqua School of Business, but also for its prestigious Nicholas School of the Environment, School of Law, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Pratt School of Engineering.


EDGE Advisory Board meetings are held in person twice/year. Organized around different cross-cutting themes, these meetings are an opportunity for members to discuss issues of timely and strategic importance. There is structured networking time as well as presentations by Advisory Board members, Duke faculty, students, and outside experts on the topic at hand.

The Fall meeting (typically in November) is held on campus at Fuqua in conjunction with the annual Duke University Energy Conference. The Spring meeting (typically in March) is held offsite, typically hosted by one of the members. Participants leave each meeting with valuable new insights and research, as well as fostered business relationships with fellow members.

Beyond these convenings, there are other opportunities to collaborate with EDGE faculty, staff and students as well as fellow members, throughout the year, as member interests dictate.


Advisory Board membership is by invitation only and is designed to represent a diverse range of perspectives, geographies, and industries. We seek to balance traditional and emerging players in hydrocarbon and renewable energy companies. Since EDGE’s focus is energy-centric but not energy-exclusive, we also recruit companies across the span of the global energy value chain from raw materials, energy generation and distribution, to end customers, and the financial, manufacturing, and service industries that support the energy system.

Financial Commitment

Advisory Board member companies contribute $25,000 per year and typically commit to a 3-year term (the seat may be transferred from one executive to another within the firm as need arises).


To discuss your organization’s participation in the EDGE Advisory Board, or to nominate a board member, contact Executive Director Dan Vermeer.