Wharton Energy Conference 2010

Energy's Future: Bridging the Gap

Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Union League of Philadelphia

Team

Co-Chairs

Shannon Lijek

Shannon Lijek


Shannon Lijek is a 2011 MBA Candidate majoring in Strategic Management and Finance. Prior to Wharton, Shannon worked as a Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin designing and developing software, deploying with radar systems abroad, and was promoted to lead as the program’s Software Development Manager. While at Lockheed Martin, Shannon also earned a MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

While at Wharton, Shannon has been very active in a Wharton Independent Study Project analyzing the economics, regulations, policies, and solutions for a Neighborhood-Scale Residential Solar PV System. This summer, Shannon is working at Salt River Project (SRP) quantifying the benefits and value of SRP’s Smart Grid Investment Grant program. For the 2009 Wharton Energy Conference, Shannon was an Operations Director and handled all on-site premise logistics and operations. Shannon enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and watching Arizona Cardinals and Oklahoma Sooner football.

Elle Seybold

Elle Seybold


Elle is a dual-degree MBA and MA candidate at the Wharton School and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business in 2002 with a BS in Finance. While at SAIS, Elle wrote her thesis on U.S. energy policy. Before embarking on her Masters programs, Elle worked for five years with Beekman Capital in Santa Fe, NM. She started as Analyst and rose to the role of Director of Research and Partner. Most recently, she worked in corporate development in Houston, TX with National Oilwell Varco. There she focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions as well as on strategic positioning. Upon graduation she hopes to join the energy industry. Through her roles she gained a working knowledge of the conventional and unconventional oil and gas fields in North America as well as many of the larger fields located in West Africa, offshore Brazil, and the Middle East. On the services side, she researched several of the predominant and promising techniques applied in well completions and enhanced recovery of hydrocarbons.

Elle enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, equestrian events and volunteers for Search & Rescue.

Sponsorship Team

Diana Townsend-Butterworth

Diana Townsend-Butterworth

Sponsorship Chair
Wharton Energy Club VP of External Relations

Diana attended Harvard College and is now a 2011 candidate for an MBA in Finance and Energy and an MA in International Studies at Wharton and the Lauder Institute. Between college and grad school, Diana worked as a trader and a high-yield research analyst in the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley, covering automotive companies. She then became COO of Learnvest, Inc, an online site to teach women about personal finance. Before Wharton, Diana also studied Conservation Biology at Columbia and chaired the Wildlife Conservation Society’s junior committee. This summer, Diana will be working on energy projects for the Boston Consulting Group in Washington DC and traveling to do research for her thesis on alternative energy in Southeast Asia.

Zach Fenton

Zach Fenton

Wharton Energy Club Treasurer

Zach Fenton is a 2011 MBA candidate, majoring in Finance and Management. Zach graduated in 2004 with a degree in Economics from Duke University, where he was a member of the men’s Division I lacrosse team. After graduating from Duke, he spent three years at Morgan Stanley working in both their Global Power & Utility and Financial Sponsors groups.

Following his time at Morgan Stanley, Zach spent two years at Lindsay Goldberg, a $10 billion private equity firm based in New York, where he focused primarily on companies in the energy industry.

Zach will be working for ConocoPhillips in Houston this summer as part of their MBA finance internship program.

Panel Team

Russell Sprole

Russell Sprole

Panel Chair
Wharton Energy Club VP of Education

Russell is a second-year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, Russell spent two years as an Associate Producer for NBC Sports, where he earned two Emmy Awards for his work on Sunday Night Football and the Beijing Olympics. Before joining the MBA program, last summer Russell solidified his passion for renewable energy and energy efficiency while interning at Ecological Development, a sustainability performance services company. At Wharton, Russell served as Director of Operations for the Wharton Energy Conference and focused on minimizing the carbon footprint of the conference. In January, Russell led ten students on the Wharton Energy Trek, visiting a dozen renewable energy development and technology companies in the Bay Area. This spring semester, Russell is partaking two Independent Studies: one evaluating the potential for offshore wind in the Great Lakes and the other comparing financial models for distributed and utility scale solar developments. Russell graduated from Yale University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science; he also played on Yale’s varsity lacrosse team. In his spare time, Russell enjoys playing hockey, lacrosse, golf, and snowboarding.

Fritz Charles

Fritz Charles

Alternative Energy and Innovation Panel Manager
Wharton Energy Club VP of Entrepreneurship

Fritz Charles is a second year MBA student at the Wharton School majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and Real Estate. Prior to Wharton, Fritz worked as an equity derivative trader at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. At Lehman Brothers, he was part of a cross functional team that issued $473mm in SunPower, First Solar, and Evergreen Solar convertible bonds. On campus, he is leading an Independent Study Project studying the use of solar energy in Haiti. Fritz is part of Wharton’s Wildmen Hockey team. An avid sports fan, he supports the New York Mets, New York Giants, and New York Knicks religiously. He graduated from Baruch College with a degree in Finance and Investments.

Raul Coral

Raul Coral

Traditional Energy Panel Manager

Raul Coral is a 2012 MBA Candidate, majoring in Strategic Management and Finance. Before coming to Wharton, Raul worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, CERA, advising clients on the energy industry. His work spans a broad range of strategic issues related to the economics, policy, and technology affecting Power Producers and Natural Gas Companies. His experience also includes developing investment strategies in renewable power infrastructure for a major S&P 100 company, providing valuation for large power assets and settling power plant acquisition price, among other projects. Raul earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Raul is an amateur triathlete and is training to compete in his first Ironman Triathlon in Florida, 2010.

Christian Gomez

Christian Gomez

Alternative Energy and Innovation Panel Manager
Wharton Energy Club VP of Policy

Christian Gomez is a second year MBA student majoring in Multinational Management. He is pursuing a joint MA degree in International Economics and Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Last year, Christian researched renewable fuels markets at PFC Energy and worked in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Diplomacy and International Development practice. Prior to graduate school, he held positions at the Inter-American Dialogue, Princeton in Latin America, and the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. Christian graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2003 with a BA in Politics. Christian is a beginner ice hockey player and an experienced fan of the Washington Redskins.

Christopher Hardy

Christopher Hardy

Traditional Energy Panel Manager

Chris is a 2011 MBA Candidate at the Wharton School majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, Chris worked in Corporate Finance at Endesa Chile, the Latin American division of Spanish energy group Endesa. In this role, Chris participated in the financing aspect of a wide range of energy projects, including coal, gas, and hydro power plants and in a LNG project finance deal. Christopher has a Bachelor of Social Science in Business and a Master in Finance from Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Chile. This summer, Christopher will be working at Goldman Sachs International in London, with the Industrials and Natural Resources teams of the Investment Banking Division.

Colin Knight

Colin Knight

Finance, Policy, and Regulatory Panel Manager

Colin is a 2011 MBA Candidate at the Wharton School majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, Colin worked in the Government of British Columbia, Canada as a Senior Treasury Board Analyst. In this role, Colin advised the Minister of Finance on public policy issues including oil and shale gas royalty and revenue sharing and funding for small-scale independent power producers. Colin has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from Simon Fraser University. This summer, Colin will be working with Scotia Capital in Toronto and will participate in a Wharton International Volunteer Program project in Brazil.

Anika Kreider

Anika Kreider

Finance, Policy, and Regulatory Panel Manager

Anika is a 2011 MBA candidate majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, Anika worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for the City of New York where she analyzed the financial and environmental effects of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. She spent the majority of her professional career at Bear Stearns in the Public Finance Department as an investment banker and on the trading floor structuring interest rate derivatives. Anika graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science in 2003. At Wharton, Anika engaged in an independent study with five other students that assessed the economic feasibility of building a biomass energy plant in Panama. This summer, she continued to focus on energy as an intern at the US Department of Energy. There she worked on a team that helped states and local governments to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Afterwards, she spent 2 months in Panama working at a private equity firm that invests in renewable energy projects throughout Latin America. She analyzed and made recommendations regarding solar PV and biomass investment opportunities.

Ada Obua

Ada Obua

Finance, Policy and Regulatory Panel Manager
Traditional Energy Panel Manager

Ada is a second-year MBA candidate at the Wharton School, majoring in Finance. Prior to coming to Wharton, Ada was a financial due diligence advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. She advised on mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and special advisory projects for multinational corporations and financial sponsors. In these roles, Ada focused on transactions within the oil & gas, utilities and chemicals sectors. Ada holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Ada enjoys golfing, tennis and international travel.

Dan Seet

Dan Seet

Alternative Energy and Innovation Panel Panel Manager

In his former life, Daniel lived a game of cops and robbers as an investigation officer and patrol team leader in the Singapore Police Force. Beyond his crime fighting heroics in Singapore, Daniel worked as a foreign relations officer, collaborating with INTERPOL to enhance international police cooperation, and spearheading the international campaign that led to the election of Singapore's Police Commissioner as INTERPOL President in 2009. A second year MBA student at Wharton, Daniel is pursuing his passion for innovation in sustainability and clean energy, and worked on strategy and operations projects over the summer for CertainTeed, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain - global leader in the habitat and construction market with a strategic focus on sustainable homes.

Haoying (Riki) Sun

Haoying (Riki) Sun

Finance, Policy and Regulatory Panel Manager

Haoying (Riki) Sun is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and is majoring in Systems Engineering. She has previously received another Master’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2009, majoring in Management Science and Engineering. Haoying is passionate about energy and business, and has participated in many projects related to the field of oil, gas, electricity generation, biomass, and energy storage. She interned at CNPC in financial function during her undergraduate studies. She held a project manager position for a consulting effort for the Anhui Province Energy Group, where she evaluated their power plant investments and supported CNG to create a new strategic plan. The role required her to successfully lead a six member team to provide suggestions to the downstream business by analyzing the market potential for several channels. This summer, she interned in a battery manufacturing start-up funded by KPCB, and worked on improving their decision making process and researched development pattern of material science ventures. In her free time, Haoying enjoys orchestra concerts and guitar.

Marketing Team

Jennifer Pereira

Jennifer Pereira

Website Communications Chair
Wharton Energy Club VP of Alumni Relations

Jennifer is a 2nd year MBA student at Wharton and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. Prior to Wharton, Jennifer worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on strategy and operations projects in financial services and consumer goods. Jennifer spent her last year before Wharton establishing a multi-million dollar carbon offset fund, which was officially launched in November 2009. Jennifer spent her summer working in the Private Investments group at the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

Operations Team

Kevin Schimmelmann

Kevin Schimmelmann

Operations Chair

Profile coming soon.

Alumni Relations Team

Ferris Hussein

Ferris Hussein

Alumni Relations Chair

Ferris is a 2011 MBA candidate majoring in Multinational Management and Finance. This summer, Ferris is working at ExxonMobil Upstream Exploration in Houston, Texas. Prior to Wharton, Ferris worked as an attorney in private practice, with the U.S. Department of Justice, and, most recently, in Baghdad, as a legal adviser to the Republic of Iraq. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ferris enjoys golfing and traveling and is an avid University of Michigan football fan.