EDGE Seminar

The EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment gives Duke MBAs a unique opportunity to learn about today’s most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. In this for-credit curricular offering, Fuqua students have a chance to engage in candid conversations in a small-group setting with influential leaders who have deep industry experience and knowledge. Seminars cover topics ranging from global energy market economics and finance to value chain sustainability, carbon markets, and energy technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

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Upcoming Semester

Spring 2020 (Business+Environment Focus)

Jan. 29
Arvin Ganesan, Energy and Environment Policy, Apple

Feb. 5
Kristen Hammer, Business Development Manager, Virgin Hyperloop One

Feb. 19
Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater & Food, World Wildlife Fund

Mar. 18
Monica Ellis, President & CEO, Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF)

Mar. 25
Jameela Pedicini, Executive Director, Climate Finance Initiatives, Bloomberg LP

Apr. 1
Mark Huang, Co-Founder & Managing Director, SeaAhead

Apr. 15 or 22
Synthesis class & discussion

Recent Past Semesters

Fall 2019 (Energy Focus)

Sept. 11
Andrew Slaughter, Executive Director, Center for Energy Solutions, Deloitte

Sept. 18
Eric Rohlfing, Former Senior Technical Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Dept. of Energy

Sept. 25
Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition

Oct. 2
Scarlett Harrod, Director, Customer Engagement for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, ABB

Oct. 30
Camilo Serna, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, DTE Energy

Nov. 13
Mark Laabs, Managing Director, Modern Energy

Dec. 4
Synthesis class & discussion

Spring 2019 (Business+Environment Focus)

Jan. 30
Mark “Puck” Mykleby, Retired USMC Colonel, Co-Founder, Long Haul Capital Group, LLC and Author, The New Grand Strategy

Feb. 6
Paul Straub, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Wireframe Ventures

Feb. 20
Sarah Nash, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase

Mar. 20
Lisa Manley, Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars, Inc.

Apr. 3
Alison Taylor, Managing Director, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)

Apr. 10
Alex Dehgan, CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs

Apr. 24
Synthesis class & discussion

Fall 2018 (Energy Focus)

Sept. 12
Garry Golden, Senior Futurist, futurethink

Sept. 26
Burhan Koç
Director, Sustainability & Renewable Energy Solutions, ENGIE

Oct. 3
Katherine Canoy, Deal Maker, Renewable Energy, Walmart

Oct. 10
Elizabeth Schwarze, Vice President, Global Exploration, Chevron

Oct. 31
Hannah Polikov, Director, Public Utility Commission Program, Advanced Energy Economy

Nov. 14
Chris Doerfler, Founder, 3DFS

Spring 2018

Jan. 31
Bryan Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Vivint Solar

Feb. 14
Brian Thompson, Cleantech Entrepreneur & Investor

Feb. 21
Gloria Qiao, Zoox

Mar. 21
Amy Winsor, Principal, Energy & Resources, Deloitte

Apr. 4
Norman Bay, Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Apr. 11
Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Novozymes

Fall 2017

Sept. 13
Patrick Doherty, President, Long Haul Capital Group and Co-Author, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century

Sept. 27
Rob Latoff, Partner and North American Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice lead, McKinsey & Co. (retired)

Oct. 11
Gareth Burns, Vice President and Managing Director of Statoil Energy Ventures, Statoil

Nov. 1
Doug Parks, Vice President, Autonomous Technology and Vehicle Execution, General Motors (GM)

Nov. 15
Dawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainable Development, DuPont

Nov. 29
Katherine Neebe, Director of Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, Walmart

Spring 2017

Feb. 1
Chris Vlahoplus, Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader, ScottMadden

Feb. 15
Paula Alexander, Director, Sustainable Business, Burt’s Bees

Mar. 22
Rory Huntly, Vice President, Jacobs Capital; Bill Stark, Founder and CEO, Stark Energy LLC; and Chris Wedding, Founder and Managing Partner, IronOak Energy

Mar. 29
Brendan Duval, Managing Partner, Glenfarne Group

Apr. 5
Bill Eacho, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and Co-Founder, Partnership for Responsible Growth

Apr. 12
Kevin Clark, President and Founder, Content Evolution LLC

Fall 2016

Sept. 7
Jim Rogers, Retired Chairman & CEO, Duke Energy and Author, Lighting the World: Transforming our energy future by bringing electricity to everyone

Sept. 14
Sanjiv Malhotra Ph.D, Director, U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Investment Center

Sept. 21
Carlos Fernández-Aballí Altamirano, PhD, Chief Strategy Consultant, Cuba Strategies Inc.

Sept. 28
Kristen Sullivan, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader, Deloitte Global

Nov. 9
Alan McGinty, Senior Director, Global Workplace Innovation Group, Cisco

Nov. 16
Tim Brown, CEO, American Refining Group