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Oil prices are increasingly susceptible to international politics--for both the world's supply and demand. Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the world's largest political risk consultancy, shares his views on what's in store for the politics of global energy--from spiralling Chinese and Indian growth in consumption to the dangers of future oil export from the Middle East, Russia and the Caspian, and West Africa.

At this speech audiences will learn:

  • Why international politics matters to oil investors, financial institutions, and consumers alike
  • How to assess the real threats to oil production, and discount the headlines that don't matter
  • How a shift in global relations between the US and China will affect the global energy market

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

As director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the first Nobel Laureate to serve as Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu has been at the center of scientific advances for four decades. Referred to by MIT Technology Review as a brilliant thought leader who is uniquely “animated by solving problems,” Chu has played a pivotal role in reshaping the Department of Energy, to improve its ability to stimulate private sector investments in clean energy and energy efficiency, and to enhance its role as a knowledgeable and honest broker in the energy industry. Chu offers audiences invaluable insight on the critical challenges of today: how developments in science and technology not only make good sense for science but also for business and economic growth. Chu discusses the numerous scientific and technological advances that have been achieved to date, what exciting new opportunities lie ahead, and why and how clean energy research and applied policy will both improve our lives and our national prospects for growth in business and industry.

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

Oil, gas and nuclear power will be needed in the coming decades, even as we transition to increased renewable energy. Chu argues that the process of continuous improvement of best industrial practices in these energy sectors is also good business. The experience Chu gained while working on the BP oil spill, with the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board subcommittee on fracking together with his broad technical knowledge, have given him insights into how to cost-effectively improve the safety of oil and gas drilling. Similarly, the lessons learned in the melt down of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactors revealed a number of risks that can be mitigated at low cost with the adoption of existing and developing sensor technologies.

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

While progress in developing new energy technology typically has a long time horizon, the successes achieved by the Department of Energy under Steven Chu—most notably ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy)—are groundbreaking. The ARPA-E initiative began funding energy technology research in 2009. Less than three years later, ARPA-E’s portfolio had reached close to $800 million, fueling millions of dollars of private sector investment and funding approximately 285 projects—such as a 1-megawatt silicon carbide transistor to engineered microbes that use hydrogen and carbon dioxide to make liquid transportation fuel. Similarly, the Energy Innovation Hubs, designed to strengthen the translation of scientific discovery into successful commercialization, are off to a strong start and have garnered broad-based support. Drawing from his own experiences as a scientist and manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Stanford, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and as U.S. Secretary of Energy, Chu discusses how one can shape a work environment that fosters innovation by creating a culture that invites scrutiny, open discussions and constructive criticism.

Steven Chu (Exclusively WSB)

Developing efficient, affordable alternatives that serve to decrease the use of fossil fuels, minimize the dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and mitigate environmental concerns around the globe is a critical component of renewable energy research and technology. Steven Chu—recent U.S. Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and esteemed university professor—discusses with audiences the current state of clean energy, including the numerous cutting-edge advances that have been made over the course of the last four years and the myriad of government-industry partnerships that have been established, providing America’s innovators and entrepreneurs with a competitive edge in the global arena. In a dynamic and uniquely accessible fashion, Chu discusses the roles and responsibilities of government and industry in clean energy development and implementation, the transformative and positive impact of renewable resource advances on job growth, independence and prosperity and why and how renewable energy will give us, the U.S., an new set of economic opportunities. Chu also explores the development of specific business models that can best seize the economic opportunities, both domestically and around the world, in the transition to sustainable energy.

Dr. Eid-Oakden is sought the world over to address a wide range of audiences and offers unparalleled depth of research on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) trends to include but not limited to:

  • The region is facing changes irreversibly through the deal with Iran.  How the Arab countries adjust and accommodate to these changes, plus the fiscal exigencies of lower oil prices, is going to be key to both business and stability in the region going forward.
  • How will the 170 million strong North African engine of growth and investment reignite, post-Arab Spring?
  • Islamic finance, a perfect fit for infrastructure investment in the region?
  • As growth in trade and investment shift eastward, are we witnessing a resumption of the centuries-old Silk Route between MENA and China?
  • Suffering from the highest rate of youth unemployment worldwide, could entrepreneurship become a game-changer for the MENA labor markets?
  • In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries alone, there are over 3,500 ultra-high net worth individuals with a combined wealth of over $625 billion, establishing a large and sophisticated family office sector.  What are the opportunities and characteristics of this growing sector?

Richard Fisher (Exclusively WSB)

In this informative and engaging presentation, Richard Fisher shares expert insights and explores the complex and dynamic relationship between the global oil and gas market and the U.S. economy. Recognized as a hawk in the political realm for his emphasis on inflation, Fisher has been vocal about his call to action on interest rates and the impact individual policies could have on the nation. Having previously served as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in Texas, the sixth-largest oil producer and top oil services provider in the world, Fisher is able to draw on firsthand experiences to meaningfully connect with the audience and help them understand how this relationship impacts their industry and organization and how to best prepare for the future.

Bobby Jindal (Exclusively WSB)

One of America’s most successful public-sector executives and one of the most outspoken voices for integrity in public-service leadership, former governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal draws on an exceptional career and will engage in wide-ranging discussion on critical issues impacting businesses and the future of our country. His presentations are customized for each audience. Jindal examines issues and shares keen insight on topics such as:

  • The future of America
  • How leaders can swiftly and effectively implement change and lead others with strength through times of crisis
  • The national energy crisis, resources and proposed policy solutions
  • Bold and innovative health care policy reform solutions
  • Religious liberty and personal, inspiring stories around his own spiritual journey from Hinduism to Christianity

Andy Karsner (Exclusively WSB)

The world is burgeoning with new ideas, innovation and inventions that will transform our understanding of energy as a scarce, exhaustible resource. Which global market holds the greatest competitive advantage? What is the next major “game changer” for those seeking to be at the forefront of the future? How does all this rapid change offer you advantages in your household, in the markets, and on the global stage? During this candid presentation, Andy Karsner explores the political and business landscape to share with audiences an outlook of energy innovation that holds boundless opportunity for the bold. Having developed and funded energy projects on every continent—including oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, biomass—Karsner shares his experience and unmatched understanding of the potential for energy to become the catalyst for the next wave of economic transformation.

(Note:  Because of Karsner’s breadth and range of experience, this topic can be customized for audiences to do a deep dive into the elements of their priority and concern, such as:  current finance, investment, trade, policy and regulatory issues, as well as business segments and sectors, including power generation, oil and  gas, efficiency, technology, industry, and manufacturing.)

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