We are looking forward to seeing you at the 15th Annual Energy Symposium: Competing for Energy Capital. We hope to explore the best use of capital in the energy markets and how to assess both economic and environmental returns. A big shout out to all of our sponsors, speakers, and startup competition contestants! We are very excited for the event. 



Saturday, November 3, 2018
Harvard Business School

Agenda and Logistics

Add to Calendar 10/21/2017 08:00 AM 10/21/2017 6:00 PM America/New_York HBS Energy Symposium: Exploring New Horizons See http://energysymposium.org/ for details Harvard Business School (Spangler Center), 117 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163 HBS Energy & Environment Club hbsee@studentclubs.hbs.edu false MM/DD/YYYY anEdYSCaAzZmMWzFPmeF20030


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


Keynote: Meghan O'Sullivan
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Previous Special Assistant to President G.W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor

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Keynote: James Worden
Partner at Lightspeed Energy
CEO and Founder, Solectria Renewables


Keynote: Petter Skantze
Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, NextEra Energy

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


Josh Gould
Department Manager - Utility of the Future, Con Edison

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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

  • The Oil Field Revolution: Affirming oil's reach through tech and market developments

Convergence Track Panels:

  • The Dual Mandate: The energy mix to 2025

  • Innovating around Water Scarcity in the 21st Century

  • A Fireside Chat with Alex Epstein

  • Diversity & Success - A Fireside Chat

Transformation Track Panels:

  • Investing In Energy PE and Debt

  • Energy Storage and the Modern Grid

  • New Data in Energy: Blockchain, IoT, & Machine Learning


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.