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Energy Industry Conference - North America

January 10 -11, 2024

Omni Houston Hotel - Houston, TX

In January 2024, we hosted the Energy Industry Conference (EIC) – North America, which provided a platform for engaging in forward-thinking discussions and exploration innovative ideas on various challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry.

At the conference, we delved into a wide range of topics, including the energy transition, inflation reduction act, unlocking capital, and maximizing liquidity, among others. This event attracted over 500 attendees, including CEOs, finance executives, risk leaders, and operational managers from prominent energy companies.

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North American energy transition landscape

Joanne Salih, Partner & Energy Strategist, Oliver Wyman

Perspectives on the energy transition

Vicky Roberts Mills, Global Head of Energy Transition, AXA XL

A peek past the end of the world

Peter Zeihan, Geopolitical Strategist & Author

Opportunities in the energy transition: An innovator's perspective

Richard Matsui, Senior Advisor, Loan Program Office, US Department of Energy 

*Personal remarks, not on behalf of the US Department of Energy

Permitting of energy projects in the energy transition

Rick Smead, Managing Director, Advisory Services RBN Energy LLC

Fueling the future: Innovations in recruiting and cultivating talent for the energy & power industry

Milan Taylor, Partner & Global Segment Energy Leader, Mercer

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it’s not a cage fight: Commercial vs. mutualized capacity through the transition

Moderator: Mike Kolodner, Global Renewable Energy Leader, Marsh Specialty 

Doug Akerson, Executive Vice President & MRF&C Head of North America Engineering & Energy, Munich Re 

Jill Dominguez, Chief Underwriting Officer, Energy Insurance Mutual 

Rob Foskey, Chief Operating Officer, Everen 

Lesley Harding, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, Energy & Transition, Liberty Mutual

Bill Hillman, President and CEO, AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc.

Alex Wittenberg, Partner, Insurance & Asset Management – Americas, Oliver Wyman

Inflation Reduction Act: Risk vs. opportunity one year in

Moderator: Guy Bessis, Global Head of Sales, Energy & Power, Marsh

Tarek Hanna, Global Sustainable Finance Group, Asset Finance, Bank of America

Jazib Hasan, Managing Director, EIG Global Energy Partners 

David Haug, CEO, Bidmore Renewables

Zachary Rubenstein, Managing Director, Blackstone Credit

Social license to operate: Unlocking roadblocks in permitting, leasing, and stakeholder management

Moderator: Amy Barnes, Head of Climate & Sustainability Strategy, Marsh

Andrew Barton, Project Director, Hatch Energy Australasia

John Judge, President and CEO, Energy Harbor

Andrew Pinger, Director, Environmental and Permitting, Scout Clean Energy

Perspectives on markets in transition 

Moderator: Rob Albino, Energy & Power National Placement Leader, Marsh

Franz Adamcyzk, Head of Property Global Risk, HDI Global SE

Akil Harris, Houston Energy Casualty Leader, Marsh

Erica Symonds, Senior Vice President, Head of Energy & Construction, AXA XL 

Alex Wittenberg, Partner, Insurance & Asset Management - Americas, Oliver Wyman

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Claims – The good, the bad and the ugly

Moderator: Lynette Wachuku, Energy & Power Claims Advocate, Marsh

Daniel Gray, Head of Onshore Energy Natural Resources, QBE 

Charles Honner, Managing Director, Americas, Steege XP 

Peter O’Neill, Head of Downstream & Power, Convex 

Gary Reeve, Managing Director, Head of Claims Solutions-International, Energy & Power, Marsh

Paul Talbot, Head of Energy, INIGO

Optimizing project finance and risk management for the transition

Moderator: Jen Aitchison, President, Renewable Risk Consulting

Jake Compton, Director Project Finance, Summit Ridge Energy

Luis Echeverri, Director, Head of Risk & Insurance, US, Total Energies 

Fraser Roberts, CEO, Intech Risk

Lorena Torres, Director Enterprise Risk & Insurance, Clearway

Addressing the elephant in the room: Cyber risk in critical energy infrastructure

Moderator: Sarah Baldys, FINPRO Power & Renewable Energy Leader, Marsh

Dennis Gilbert, former CISO of Exelon and Duke Energy 

Mark Henderson, Cyber Underwriting Officer, AEGIS

Mark Stacey, Director of Strategy, Dragos

Georgina Williams, Senior Cyber Underwriter, Munich Re Syndicate

Travis Wong, VP Customer Engagement, Resilience

Hydrogen & CCUS: Industry-leading strategies on high-value projects

Moderator: Mark Heneghan, Sales Leader, Marsh

Jonathan Castelan, Co-Head Energy Transition Group, Clifford Chance 

Asad Lodhi, Director Corporate Risk & Insurance Management, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc

Vikrant Prakash, Energy Transition Finance, Societe Generale

Anthony Vassallo, Global Head of Energy, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Company Killers: Emerging and evolving low frequency-high severity risk management liability challenges

Moderator: Collin Schumacher, Casualty Team Lead, Marsh

Stewart Chu, AVP, Regional Production Underwriting Manager - National Accounts Excess Casualty Energy, Starr Insurance Companies 

Matthew Kern, Senior Vice President, Environmental Practice, Marsh 

Denise Straka, Vice President Insurance & President of Calpine Foundation, Calpine 

Ron Walton, Vice President, Risk Management, NuStar Energy

Insuring the unknown: Bringing new and developing technologies to market

Moderator: Scott Smidlein, Senior Vice President, Marsh

Roberto Benzan, Risk Manager, Tesla 

Michael Galea, Senior Underwriter, GCube 

David Rubenstein, CEO/President, California Ethanol + Power LLC 

Bryan Sixberry, Head of Business Development – Americas, GE Vernova

Unlocking capital and maximizing liquidity (Surety and Credit Insurance Solutions)

Moderator: David Kinzel, Structured Credit & Political Risk Insurance Consultant, Marsh

Yash Anand, Head of Energy Transition Americas, Natixis Bank

Navid Shahidinejad, Senior Underwriter – Political Risk, Credit & Bond, AXA XL

Jeff Strassner, West Zone Surety Leader, Marsh

Kelly Westropp, Director, Proposals and Contract Management, Pine Gate Renewables

Captive utilization strategies enabling transformation for traditional, transitioning, and clean energy leaders

Moderator: Pete Nadel, Director, Business Development and Member Relations, EIM

Esther Becker, Partner Actuarial, Oliver Wyman

Chris Gallagher, Senior Director of Affiliate Insurance, NextEraEnergy

Kevin Jones, Director Risk Management, Chevron 

Megan Ogden, Chief Operating Officer, EIS

Thank you to our sponsors