The Energy & Environment Club of Harvard Business School welcomes you to join us for the 14th Annual Energy Symposium: Exploring New Horizons. You can be part of 500+ energy business leaders, policy makers, academics, and and students participating in a day of keynote speakers, panels, business plan pitches, and networking. Early bird tickets are on sale now and will end in October.



Saturday, October 21, 2017
Harvard Business School

Agenda and Logistics

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Jigar Shah

Keynote: Jigar Shah
President, Generate Capital
Previous Founder of Carbon War Room, Sun Edison
Green Tech Media Energy Gang Co-Host

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Keynote: Katherine Hamilton
Founder, 38 North Solutions
Green Tech Media Energy Gang Co-Host


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Maryam Golnaraghi, Ph.D.
Director of Extreme Events and Climate Risks, The Geneva Association

Hyder Kazimi
Partner, McKinsey & Company

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Claire Broido Johnson
President, CBJ Energy

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William Lese
Managing Director, Braemar Energy Ventures


Exploring New Horizons: Themes


Innovation in the energy industry continues to redefine how we think about energy’s role in the broader business context and redefines what the future holds. From new technology to creative business models to innovative financing mechanisms to new areas of entrepreneurship, these panels will explore how innovation can still thrive in the energy space.


As the business world becomes increasingly complex, the lines between industries, technologies, and organizations begin to blur. Our panelists will debates questions like: What role does energy play in building sustainable competitive advantage in any business? How do companies the industry navigate business in today’s global financial and political context? 


The current energy business environment is rapidly changing, and encumbants must transform to keep up. These panels will grapple with questions like: How do existing companies tackle the energy-related challenges of tomorrow while ensuring they meet customer’s needs today? How do incumbents position themselves relative to the host new market entrants and a changing economic landscape? 

Innovation Track Panels:

  • Starting an Energy Venture
  • Impact Investing: Finding new ways to fund energy innovation
  • New Data in Energy: Blockchain, IoT, & Machine Learning

Convergence Track Panels:

  • Bridge Fuels: What will the near future energy mix look like?
  • The Water and Energy Nexus
  • The Role of Energy in the Modern Business: A Fireside Fhat

Transformation Track Panels:

  • Investing In Energy PE and Debt
  • Energy Storage and the Modern Grid
  • The Oil Field Revolution: Affirming oil's reach through tech and market developments

Business Plan Competition

The conference will conclude with our annual business plan competition which brings together some of the field's most promising young ventures to demonstrate their new energy ventures and compete for awards and recognition. We are currently accepting applications for startups looking to participate. To learn more, please see the Business Plan Competition page below.