State of the Union - The Energy Transition in Context of Current Events
Lord Browne of Madingley
Co-Founder and Chairman, BeyondNetZero
Lord Browne is Chairman of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity fund established in partnership with General Atlantic. He served as Group Chief Executive of international energy company BP from 1995 to 2007, having joined the company in 1966 as a university apprentice. He led BP through a period of significant growth and transformation, including a merger with Amoco in 1998. His landmark speech at Stanford University in 1997 established BP as a global leader in the way it thought about and sought to address climate change. In 2007, Lord Browne joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. He is Chairman of Windward, a global maritime predictive intelligence company and Chairman of SparkCognition, and artificial intelligence technology company.
Lord Browne is independent co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Lord Browne was educated St John's College, Cambridge, where he earned a BA degree in physics. In addition to his degree in physics from the University of Cambridge, he holds an MS degree in business from Stanford University, California. He is a former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Future of Clean Mobility: Decarbonization of Transport and Fuels
CEO, VARO Energy
Dev Sanyal is Chief Executive Officer of VARO Energy, based in Zug, Switzerland. He was appointed to this role effective 1 January 2022. Prior to this, Dev had a 32-year career with BP PLC including over a decade as a member of the Group Executive Committee and headed gas and low carbon energy globally. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of alternative energy and accountable for BP’s Europe and Asia regions. During his tenure, he built world-scale businesses in sustainable energy and led the pivot in the company’s energy transition strategy. Dev joined BP in 1989 and held a variety of international roles in London, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna, and Dubai. Prior to joining the Group Executive Committee, he held the roles of Group Treasurer and Chairman of BP Investment Management and Arco Aluminum, Chief executive of Air BP International and Chief Executive of BP Eastern Mediterranean.
Dev is an independent non-executive director on the board of Man Group PLC and member of the board of M&G PLC ; a member of the energy advisory board of the Government of India; the advisory board of the Centre for European Reform; and the board of overseers of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he obtained a master’s degree in economics and politics. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He was a member of the Accenture Global Energy Board (2012-2019); Vice Chairman, Centre for China in the World Economy, Tsinghua University (2014-2019); The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Business Leaders Group (2012-2015); and Trustee of the Career Academy Foundation (2007-2013).
Grid Reliability and Transition To Net Zero
Head of Market Development,
National Grid ESO
Cian heads up the Market Development department at National Grid ESO, responsible for the Net Zero Market Reform programme, which is assessing how electricity markets must evolve to meet net zero most cost-effectively. The department also sets the strategy for ancillary services market reform, ensuring they deliver efficient investment, efficient dispatch and value for money. It also sets the strategy for cross-border markets, as well as for enabling distributed flexibility.
Prior to this, Cian spent 4 years as a manager in the ESO Innovation Team, delivering the Innovation Strategy for ESO as well as scoping and funding innovation projects to help tackle the energy system transition. Cian previously spent 5 years at EDF Energy, across Corporate Strategy and Retail Commercial Strategy, following 4 years working as a consultant in the distributed energy space.
Opportunities, Challenges, and Trends in Clean Energy Investments
Speakers to come...
Hydrogen's Role in the Energy Transition
Former Head of Hydrogen, Shell
Hydrogen industry Executive with 10 years running Shell’s Hydrogen business as the General Manager starting with a handful of staff in 2013 to a stable and mature business in 2023 with operations in Europe,North America and China.
During his 25 years in Shell, he held various Board roles in Shell entities, and held posts in Mergers & Acquisitions as Manager executing portfolio transactions, as well as General Manager for Trading in Switzerland.
He has a First-Class Honours degree from the Open University, UK, in Electronics & Programming and a dual Swiss and British nationality. He lives with his wife and children in Zug, Switzerland.
Chief Economist, Energy &Carbon at Mott MacDonald
“Dr Doyle is Chief Economist of Energy and Carbon at Mott MacDonald and has over 40 years’ experience of forecasting and analysing world energy markets. Guy was on the Panel of Technical Experts (PTE) from 2013-2022. At Mott MacDonald, Guy leads on techno-economics and fundamental modelling and provides guidance on green electrons and molecules and flexibility procurement arrangements and policy for a range of clients spanning Governmental, lenders and developers worldwide. His positions prior to joining Mott Macdonald included running Power Ink, an electricity consultancy firm. He was also founder and editor of Power UK, Consultancy director at McCloskey Coal, Chief Economist of IEA Coal Research, and energy forecasting manager at Global Insight. Guy holds a Phd in Energy Economics and a Masters in Natural Resource Economics.”
More Hydrogen Speakers to Come...
Leadership and How to Think about Sustainability for the Future?
Diageo Professor of Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School
Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville is the Diageo Professor of Organisation Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on how people and organisations generate and navigate change. She has conducted in-depth qualitative studies in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, apparel, and energy. Jennifer has published more than 40 academic journal articles, several books, and regularly contributes to publications like Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times. She teaches on change management and sustainability topics at all levels including executive education, and is active in board and senior management team advisory work. She has served as both Deputy Editor and Associate Editor at one of the management field’s flagship academic journals, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of Trinity Hall college, Cambridge. Jennifer received her PhD at MIT, her MA at Oxford, and her BSc (Eng.) at Queen’s University, Canada.