Wharton Energy Conference 2011

Energy Frontiers: A Global Perspective

Friday, October 28, 2011 - Union League of Philadelphia

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Team

Co-Chairs

Raul Coral

Raul Coral

Co-Chair

Raul Coral is a second year MBA Candidate and Howard Mitchell Fellow majoring in Finance. He has earned two bachelor degrees and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After MIT, Raul worked at Cummins designing power engines. His passion for the energy industry took him to CERA, an energy think tank. As an energy researcher, he advised clients on a broad range of strategic issues related to the economics, policy, and technology affecting power producers and natural gas companies. He worked with some of the largest utilities in North America as well as independent power producers. This past summer, he was an investment banking intern for the Oil and Gas Team at Goldman Sachs in Houston. He was a member of the team that advised Petrohawk Energy, a shale gas leader, in its sale to BHP Billiton for $15.1 billion.

In his spare time Raul is an amateur triathlete. Last year, he completed his first Ironman Triathlon in Panama City Beach, Florida. He also runs a scholarship fund for low income primary school children in Ecuador.

Claudia V. Massei

Claudia V. Massei

Co-Chair

Claudia is a second year MBA/MA Candidate at Wharton and The Lauder Institute at UPenn. Originally from Brazil, she started her consulting career after graduating from college with an Aeronautical Engineering degree. During her consulting experience, Claudia was exposed to a variety of industries and engaged repeatedly with oil and gas, mining, and construction. She extensively worked out of Brazil, France, Morocco and South Africa, on a wide variety of projects. A very interesting one included assessing the impact of Morocco’s oil market liberalization on a fuel distributor’s performance and supporting the client to negotiate changes in national oil regulation with the government, while analyzing internationalization opportunities for the company. This past summer, Claudia interned at Microsoft, in the Server and Tools business. She identified four main areas of improvement to their cloud computing sales force organization, in order to better meet customer and partner needs. After Wharton, she is looking forward to concentrating her career in the energy sector. This is what led her to become deeply involved with the Wharton Energy Club, having worked at the 2010 Energy Conference as Alumni Relations and, most recently, taken the role of co-chair of the 2011 Wharton Energy Conference.

In her free time, Claudia enjoys going to the theater, dancing, swimming, traveling and learning new languages — she is fluent in Portuguese, French, English and Spanish, conversant in Italian and has intermediate knowledge of German.

Carol Strulovic

Carol Strulovic

Co-Chair

Carol is a double degree student from Venezuela pursuing an MBA at Wharton and an MA in International Studies focused on Brazil at The Lauder Institute. Carol became interested in Energy after participating in a one-year colloquium on Oil and Water while studying Economics and Psychology at Tufts University. Upon graduation, Carol interned at a solar energy start-up in New York and then returned to her hometown, Caracas, where she worked at Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services group, while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree in Finance. Carol then joined Citibank’s Sales and Structuring desk, where she structured trade ideas for institutional investors and hedging solutions for many clients in the oil and petrochemical sector. Carol decided to come to Wharton to merge her interests in finance, energy and Latin America. She has been actively involved with the Energy Club and last year organized the Company and Industry Chat event for the conference. During the summer, Carol interned at Jefferies & Co in New York, in Investment Banking, where she had the opportunity to work with the Cleantech, Latin America and M&A groups. Carol has been practicing ashtanga yoga for the past six years and is a photography and nature aficionado.

Alumni Dinner Manager

David Knox

David Knox

David Knox is VP of Alumni for the Wharton Energy Club. Prior to Wharton, David worked at Conservation International advising several African governments and extractive industry companies to assist them with climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. He has worked across 35 African countries and has advised the governments of South Africa, Liberia, DR Congo and Madagascar on their transition to a low-carbon economy. Additionally, David has been involved with One Degree Solar, a start-up focused on providing solar energy and lighting solutions across sub-Saharan Africa since 2010. David worked at the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco for his summer internship. David graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and from the University of Cape Town with Master’s degree in Environmental Science.

Alumni Relations and Social Media Directors

Sophie Lu

Sophie Lu

Sophie is a 2013 MBA candidate at the Wharton School majoring in Finance and Strategic Management. Prior to Wharton, Sophie worked at Morgan Stanley for four years and was based in Singapore. Sophie was an Associate at Morgan Stanley Research, covering Global CleanTech. She developed thorough solar industry knowledge and led due diligence efforts on global CleanTech policies, structured and executed the “Global Climate Change: Economics Will Trump Politics” report.

Zina Bash

Zina Bash

Zina Bash is a first year MBA Candidate. Prior to attending Wharton, she served as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she advised U.S. Senator John Cornyn (TX) on issues relating to intellectual property, administrative law, and antitrust law. Before that, she was an Associate at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she specialized in administrative, constitutional, and commercial law. She crafted an argument before the Supreme Court to prevent a federal agency from closing down an Alaskan gold mine; negotiated settlements with SEC investigators to avoid enforcement proceedings against clients; and monitored large international companies to assist in their compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. Prior to working in private practice, Zina served as a law clerk to the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where she advised and drafted opinions involving constitutional, criminal, antitrust, and administrative law, including in cases involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Surface Transportation Board.

Zina graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2007, and from Harvard College, cum laude, in 2004. She is from Texas and speaks Spanish fluently.

Logistics Directors

Shern Frederick

Shern Frederick

Shern is in his first year at Wharton and is a Joseph Wharton Fellow. Prior to Wharton, Shern was a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank where he provided finance and lent expertise to public sector clients throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He worked closely with the Mexican Government on its large scale residential sector energy efficiency program and with the Government of Jamaica on its strategy for fossil fuel diversification. Shern graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Operations Research & Financial Engineering and is a CFA Charterholder.

Nathanael Abebe

Nathanael Abebe

Nathanael Abebe is a first year MBA candidate at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Nate worked at LAMCO LLC, a spin-off asset management company from Lehman Brothers post-bankruptcy, where he focused on structured commodities and cross-commodities options trading. During this time, Nate analyzed and executed trades within the natural gas and oil markets — mainly focusing on options and structured notes. Previous to working at LAMCO, Nate worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclay’s Capital as a Commodities Trading Analyst and interned at Lehman’s Global Energy Research group. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Nathanael received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with honors from Rutgers University.

Valdis Lenss

Valdis Lenss

Valdis is a 2013 MBA candidate at the Wharton School majoring in Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to joining the Wharton community, Valdis worked at Morgan Stanley for four years and was based in New York. Most recently, Valdis was an Associate for Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, the firm’s private equity investment group. In this role, Valdis evaluated potential investments in the oil & gas and alternative energy sectors and managed the fund’s investment in Triana Energy, a natural gas E&P company based in Charleston, WV. Valdis earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Valdis enjoys hockey, photography, and is an avid University of Michigan football fan.

Carter Leggett

Carter Leggett

Carter is a first year MBA Candidate at Wharton. He previously worked at First Reserve Corporation, a private equity firm with $20 billion under management focusing specifically on the energy industry. At First Reserve, Carter focused primarily on evaluating and executing opportunities in the oilfield services industry and was responsible for monitoring the firm’s investment in KCA Deutag, an international drilling company. Before joining First Reserve, Carter worked for Select Energy Services, an oilfield services company formed in 2008 to provide wellsite solutions to oil and gas producers. Prior to Select, Carter worked for Citi’s Energy Investment Banking Group focusing on M&A and capital raising assignments. Carter graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Economics.

Content and Speakers Directors

Meghan Leggett

Meghan Leggett

Meghan is a first year MBA Candidate at Wharton. She previously worked at Crestview Partners, a private equity firm with $4 billion under management employing contrarian, value oriented investment philosophy. At Crestview, Meghan focused primarily on evaluating, structuring, and monitoring opportunities in the energy industry; specifically she was responsible for monitoring the firm’s investments in Oxbow Carbon and Select Energy Services. Before joining Crestview, she worked for Donovan Capital, a merchant bank that provided financial services to management teams within the oil and gas sector looking to obtain private financing. Prior to Donovan, Meghan worked for Citi’s Energy Investment Banking Group focusing on M&A and capital raising assignments. Meghan graduated Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Texas with a B.A.A. in finance.

Rahim Kurji

Rahim Kurji

Rahim is a first year MBA Candidate at Wharton. Prior to Wharton, Rahim worked at the William J. Clinton Foundation. Over the past three years, Rahim served as chief of staff to the Chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative, executing special projects of an urgent or sensitive nature, with a programmatic focus on clean energy. He helped to lead efforts advising the Government of India on the creation of solar parks, which aim to accelerate the deployment and market adoption of large-scale, cost-competitive solar power. Rahim previously helped launch and coordinate the Foundation’s efforts to assist the Government of India in implementing its National Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program, which has enabled more than 12,000 children living with HIV/AIDS to access treatment. Rahim graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Security.

Editors

Samuel Tisch

Samuel Tisch

Profile coming soon.

Daniel Mason

Daniel Mason

Dan is a first year MBA Candidate at Wharton. He previously worked at Alinda Capital Partners, a $7 billion infrastructure private equity fund focusing on investments across the energy, power, transportation, water, and telecommunications sub-sectors. His interest in energy stems from execution of two natural gas infrastructure investments during his tenure at Alinda, and evaluation of numerous midstream opportunities. Prior to Alinda, Dan spent over two years working for J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Investment Banking Group, where he focused on providing M&A and capital raising advisory services to clients within the Metals & Mining sub-sector. Dan graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government.

Communications Director

Hugo Yoshinaga

Hugo Yoshinaga

Hugo is a first year double degree MBA candidate at Wharton and MA candidate in International Studies (focus in Latin America) at the Lauder Institute, both at UPenn. Born and raised in Brazil, Hugo majored in Engineering at the University of São Paulo, having received a scholarship by a joint program between the Brazilian and the French governments to study for one year in France. Prior to Wharton, Hugo worked as a strategy manager at Accenture. His projects include: strategic planning for the major electricity producer in Brazil; valuation of electricity distribution companies; post merger integration of an electricity transmission company, and most recently a 2 year project in the logistics area of Brazil’s largest oil company, helping them transform their department and building a brand new high tech trading floor. Hugo is a native speaker of Portuguese, fluent in Spanish and intermediate in French.

Marketing Directors - Advertising and Outreach

Matt Maroone

Matt Maroone

Director of Advertising

Matt is a first year MBA candidate at Wharton. He previously worked as the Vice President of Marketing at SRC/Universal Records in New York City. Matt is also the managing partner of a marketing consultancy, Seek Marketing, and a web development staffing company, Newspeak Enterprises, Inc. Beyond, his desk job Matt has severed as a marketing consultant to U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman and volunteered in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, the Red Cross and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Reelection Campaign. Matt graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Eduardo Manzur-servin

Eduardo Manzur-servin

Eduardo is a first year MBA Candidate at Wharton and recipient of the Deutsche Bank Fellowship Tuition Award. Prior to Business School, he worked as an offshore natural gas-pipeline project manager for El Paso Corporation. In addition, he discovered his passion for energy innovation while working in Corporate Development for General Electric. Eduardo’s goal is to incentivize clean-tech infrastructure development within the power and utilities arena. Eduardo received a BS in Mechatronics Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City, and an MS in Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Will Conkling

Will Conkling

Will is a first year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. Prior to coming to Wharton, Will worked for more than five years as a wind energy developer and consultant. His interests lie renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean fuels and transportation, and the smart grid.

Most recently, as a Senior Development Analyst helping to grow EAPC Wind's consulting business Will focused on wind project development, wind energy market analysis and business strategy, distributed generation, and business development/internal strategy.

Prior to joining EAPC Will Conkling was a Project Developer for Alternative Energy at Citizens Energy Corporation in Boston. He was responsible for oversight of day-to-day project management and development for various commercial scale projects within Citizens Energy’s wind development portfolio, with special focus on projects in Maine and Venezuela.

Will is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, Latin American Studies, and International Relations.

David Gottesman

David Gottesman

Outreach Director

David Gottesman is a first-year MBA Candidate and Diane & Robert Levy Term Fellow. Prior to Wharton, David was an engagement manager at the consulting firm GreenOrder, where he developed and implemented sustainability strategies for Fortune 500 firms. David worked closely with GE on its multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative, advising on the structure, growth strategy, and marketing strategy for GE’s $18B clean tech portfolio. He also consulted to a leading utility, identifying nontraditional capital sources to expedite low-carbon power development. David’s commentary on business and environmental issues has been published in Harvard Business Review and BusinessWeek. He is a cum laude graduate of Yale University.

Industry Chat Directors

Je Jun Oh

Je Jun Oh

Je Jun Oh is an MBA candidate in Finance at Wharton. He was recently a commercial manager at General Electric Energy where he developed commercial proposals and negotiated the sale of power generation equipment and services in Asia Pacific. Prior to this role, he was a member of GE’s Commercial Leadership Program where he rotated through several functions within GE Energy as commercial leader, combined cycle application engineering, power generation equipment technical sales, and wind turbine pricing in several locations including Seoul, Singapore and the U.S. Je Jun holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University where he graduated with Distinction.

In his spare time, Je Jun enjoys ship wreck and night diving, and Korean and Indian cooking.

John Mongan

John Mongan

John Mongan is a first year MBA Candidate at the Wharton School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and Economics at the University of Virginia. After UVa, John worked as a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company in Philadelphia. At McKinsey, John served clients in the Energy and Chemical industries. In his free time, John enjoys playing squash, training for the Broad Street Run, and Italian cooking.

Tech Show Room Directors

Daniel Chan

Daniel Chan

Dan is a first year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. He previously worked at MaxLinear, Inc. in a variety of capacities including engineering and technical marketing/sales roles. While at MaxLinear, Dan focused on introducing new ultra-low-power semiconductor products to companies in Europe and Asia. Dan graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys running and cooking.

Jeremy Cook

Jeremy Cook

Jeremy is a first year MBA Candidate at Wharton. He previously worked at Soros Fund Management as an associate in the Private Equity Group. While at Soros, Jeremy primarily focused on metals and mining, clean-tech, and specialty finance sectors. Jeremy’s interest in the energy space stems from specific project experiences at Soros which includes rare earth mining, traditional coal mining, coal-to-liquids, and solar projects. Prior to Soros, Jeremy spent two years working for Merrill Lynch’s Financial Sponsors Investment Banking Group, where he focused on providing M&A and capital markets advisory services to Private Equity Firms and Hedge Funds. Jeremy graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy.

Peter Tatrai

Peter Tatrai

Peter is a first year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. Peter has expertise in investing in clean energy projects in emerging markets. He previously worked at E-Star PLC, a stock exchange traded company active in the Central-European region as head of treasury and investor relations. Prior to working at E-Star PLC, Peter worked at Greenergy LLC, a portfolio company of Global Environment Fund as well as at Citigroup in the investment banking division advising clients from various industries, from Oil and Gas companies to FMCG distributors. Peter graduated from Corvinus University of Budapest with a M.A. in Finance.

Panel and Innovation Series Team

Omar Ahmad

Omar Ahmad

Solar Energy Panel Manager

Omar Ahmad is a first year MBA student at Wharton. Omar is interested in clean energy policies and applications and its future in emerging markets. Prior to school, he worked as a Consultant at Bain & Company in the Middle East. He advised Bain clients active in oil & gas, consumer goods, construction, technology, and private equity. Through his work, Omar got a exposure to various markets including The United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Omar also led a sales team at P&G in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia before shifting to strategy consulting.

Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Smart Grid and Storage Panel Manager

Pete Allen is a second year MBA candidate at the Wharton School majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, Pete worked in the Boston office of the Parthenon Group. He specialized in serving clients in Financial Services, Information Technology, and Power Plant OEM industries. At Wharton Pete is involved in the Energy, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Clubs. This past summer, Pete modeled project level returns for prospective wind farms for First Wind, a Boston-based IPP. He serves as an advisor to Our Daily Threads, a non-profit thrift store that provides on-the-job training for formerly homeless adults in Philadelphia. Pete graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with a degree in Economics & Finance.

Jonno Boyer-Dry

Jonno Boyer-Dry

Energy Policy Panel Manager

Jonno Boyer-Dry is a second-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law school. Prior to Law School, Jonno was a wind energy developer for Babcock & Brown and Pattern energy. His goal is to develop and implement a model for building renewable energy projects in emerging nations that expand access to reliable clean energy, foster economic development, and create jobs in impoverished regions. Jonno is also a Wesleyan University Alumnus.

Alexander Buell

Alexander Buell

Cleantech Innovation Panel Manager

Prior to attending Wharton, Alex was an Associate at Good Energies, a venture capital fund focused on clean technology. Alex analyzed opportunities in smart grid, solar, wind, biofuel, energy efficiency, and energy storage, resulting in over $50m of investments in a range of start-ups. He also worked closely with portfolio companies on marketing, regulatory strategy, M&A, and financing. This past summer, Alex interned at EnerNOC, a leading demand response and energy management company, where he focused on international business development. Alex is VP of Education of the Wharton Energy Club. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in English.

Michel Di Capua

Michel Di Capua

Alumni Panel Manager

Michel Di Capua is Head of US Analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, based in New York City. In his current capacity he oversees an analyst team focused on research and analysis into clean energy. This includes the production of in-depth reports and development of dedicated carbon, REC, and renewable energy forecasting models. Michel’s previous professional experience includes solar energy project development with Tata Power in India and strategy consulting for the telecom industry. Michel has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard, a Masters in Literature from Columbia, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marco Gatti

Marco Gatti

Energy PE and VC Panel Manager

Profile coming soon.

Georgios Georgiopoulos

Georgios Georgiopoulos

Solar Energy Panel Manager

Profile coming soon.

Mars Hanna

Mars Hanna

Energy Policy Panel Manager

Mars Hanna is a dual-degree candidate pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. His studies focus on how to utilize the nexus of business and government to catalyze full-scale commercialization of low carbon energy solutions in order to meet the climate challenge. Prior to Wharton, he worked at the U.S. State Department on international climate change negotiations as part of efforts to develop a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

Jiayi Liang

Jiayi Liang

Electric Vehicle Panel Manager

Jiayi Liang is a first year M.B.A. student majoring in Strategic Management and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about energy and clean technology, and is actively engaged in the research with the US Department of Energy (DOE) on the outlook and commercialization roadmap of electronic vehicles in the US.

Prior to Wharton, Jiayi was a senior consultant with A.T.Kearney, working on assignments in the energy, utility and processing industries and in the technology sector. She advised the largest provincial power grid operator in China, whose annual revenue is over $40 bn, on its corporate strategy. Her client is currently leading China’s biggest electric vehicle project by providing charging infrastructure system. She contributed to A.T.Kearney’s whitepaper The Outlook of Alternative Energy and won the BEN Environmental Challenge Open in 2011 by devising a business plan for carbon-neutral GPS applied to 10,000 taxis in Beijing.

Jiayi received her B.A. in international economics in Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Michael Lim

Michael Lim

Building Energy Efficiency Panel Manager

Before Wharton, Michael spent five years working on municipal infrastructure projects with the UN in South/Southeast Asia. His last project was a $40m waste-to-energy and biomass project that spanned 14 municipalities throughout Indonesia. This past summer, Michael interned with the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Michael hopes to leverage his experience in energy, infrastructure and finance to help built environments become more energy efficient. Michael is an active member of the Wharton Energy Club. Michael is a graduate of the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley where he conducted research into building energy efficiency and graduated with B.A. in Urban Studies.

Jack McCambridge

Jack McCambridge

Shale Gas and Power in Emerging Economies Panel Manager

Jack is a second-year at Wharton and an active consultant for energy companies. He's spent the last five years working with emerging technology companies. As an operator, he executed the first, private, utility-scale solar power plant in India; built a new business model for a solar IPP; developed a unique business for rural product distribution; and launched a new solar technology into its first international market. As a venture capitalist, he has invested over $75 million in five companies, three of which have exited for a combined IRR of over 40%. Jack is a graduate of Harvard College.

Stacey Tsai

Stacey Tsai

Electric Vehicle Panel Manager

Stacey Tsai is a joint-degree MBA/MPA candidate at Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School. This summer, Stacey served as a Summer Associate with Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking Group in San Francisco. Stacey’s interest in energy spans from being a part of the start-up team that founded Bear Energy, LP (now a part of JP Morgan’s Energy Commodities Group) to interning as a Summer Associate with the North America Business Development Group at Better Place, an electric vehicles infrastructure developer. Prior to graduate school, Stacey served as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. Stacey received a Fulbright Scholarship to Singapore to research energy security and economics, and she is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Platinum Sponsors

Exelon FMC Technologies
Morgan Lewis Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC

Gold Sponsors

BASF Chevron Shell

Silver Sponsors

ConocoPhillips Deloitte ExxonMobil Intiative for Global Environmental Leadership Range Resources

Bronze Sponsors

Choose PA Wind Credit Suisse Goldman Sachs
J.P. Morgan

Media Sponsors

Greentech Media Hart Energy OnGreen Skipso Solarplaza TriplePundit