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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2015-16 Seminars

Spring 2016

Jan. 27
Speaker invited; to be announced

Feb. 3
Tim Dunn, Founder, Managing Member, and Chief Investment Officer, Terra Alpha Investments

Feb. 10
Pedro Santos, Founder & CEO, HICOR Technologies

Feb. 17
Peter Toomey, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Duke Energy

Mar. 23
Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive, Bank of America

Mar. 30
Robbie Luxbacher, Retired Vice President, Wholesale & Specialties – Global Business Unit, ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, ExxonMobil


Fall 2015

Sept. 23
“Above ground: Social, environmental, and political barriers to profitability in the oil and gas industry”
Nils Magnussen, Director, Business Development, Chevron

Sept. 30
“Utility-scale wind & solar power, and storage in the U.S.: Current reality and future possibilities”
Rebecca Kujawa, Vice President, Business Management, NextEra Energy Resources

Oct. 7
“Problematic dimensions of U.S.-Mexico energy relationships”
George Baker, Publisher, Mexico Energy Intelligence and Director, Energia.com
Patrick Duddy, Director, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Duke University

Nov. 4
“Practical sustainability”
Mitch Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, FedEx

Nov. 18
“Yieldcos, total return vehicles and GPs: Infrastructure investment in the age of low rates”
Brian Bolster, Managing Director, Clean Technology & Renewables Group, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

Dec. 2
“Behavioral demand response (BDR) approach and challenges”
Pete Curtice, Vice President, Strategic Sales, Opower

Past Seminars

2014-15 Seminars

Spring 2015

Feb. 4
“Free fall: Oil price volatility and its economic and geopolitical implications”
Geoff Styles, Energy industry expert and Managing Director, GSW Strategy Group

Mar. 18
“Strategies for gaining societal acceptance and support for new technologies”
Linda Fisher, Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont

Mar. 25
“Sourcing external energy innovation at GE”
Mark Wight, Managing Director, Energy Ventures, GE

Apr. 1
“Big bets and uncertainties in the 21st century energy industry”
Robert Gaudette, SVP Business Solutions, NRG Energy

Apr. 8
“Investing in nature”
Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Apr. 15
“Capital-intensive disruption”
Bill Brown, Founder, 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, and CEO, NET Power


Fall 2014

Sept. 17
“Sustainability risks and opportunities for the nation’s largest electric utility”
Shawn Heath, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy

Sept. 24
“Crossing the chasm in consumer cleantech: How to bring expensive new energy technologies mainstream”
Matt Eggers, Senior Cleantech Executive

Oct. 1
“Strategic planning in the power industry”
Brad Kitchens, CEO, ScottMadden

Oct. 8
“Accelerating clean energy development: Opportunities and challenges”
Shu Ching Quek, Founder & CEO, Novuswave, Inc.

Oct. 29
“Walmart’s 2020 energy strategy: How to build a competitive advantage and lead on renewable energy”
Manuel Gomez, Vice President, Sustainability, Walmart

Nov. 5
“Ultimate recovery: Creating value in the modern American oil and gas, exploration and production industry”
David Cecil, Managing Director, Financial Advisory, and Head of North American Exploration & Production, Lazard


2013-14 Seminars

Spring 2014

Feb. 5
“Strategic Investments and Partnerships: Growing a Cleantech Giant like ABB”
Allen Burchett, Region Function Manager, Strategic Initiatives, ABB North America

Feb. 26
“The Economics of Waste”
Bill Caesar, President, Recycling Services and Organic Growth, Waste Management

Mar. 19
“Building a Legacy of Good: Dell’s Adventures in Setting Sustainability Goals”
Stephen Roberts, Corporate Responsibility Brand Manager, Dell

Apr. 2
“Achieving Balance: Energy Development in the Current Environment”
Bob Gwin, Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Anadarko Petroleum

Apr. 9
“Understanding Electricity: The Market, Sustainability, and You”
Gregory Aliff, Vice Chairman, Senior Partner, Energy & Resources
Deloitte LLP         


Fall 2013

Sept. 18
“The Evolution of the U.S. Energy System: Geopolitical and Economic Implications”
John McNabb, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Duff & Phelps Corporation

Sept. 25
“Energy Economics: Fundamentals Point to a Wild Ride, and a Jump in U.S. Competitiveness”
Robert Latoff, Director and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Oct. 2
“Making Sustainability More Transformational”
Terry Yosie, PhD, President & CEO, World Environment Center

Oct. 9
“Bringing Sustainable Technologies to Market: A Case Study in Commercializing New Technologies to Address the Asian Waste Crisis”
Randall Ledford, PhD, Senior Vice President and CTO, Emerson Electric

Nov. 6
“Resource Nationalism: Social Fairness or Killing the Golden Goose?”
Tom Albanese, Chairman, Vedanta Resources Holdings

Nov. 13
“From Idea to Enterprise: Growing Entrepreneurial Ventures in the Oil & Gas Sector”
Pedro Santos, Founder & CEO, OsComp Systems

Nov. 20
“Intelligent Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Global Cities”
Ken Geisler, Vice President, Strategy, Siemens Smart Grid