Please note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field
I am a Director of Research & Advisory at Energy Intelligence and a Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University, where I teach an energy course. I’ve been working in the energy field for over 15 years, across a range of sectors – civil society, international development finance, consulting and academia.
Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?
Over the past year, I’ve led the development of Energy Intelligence’s Energy Transition practice, building on over a decade of work on the issue across our company. The energy transition has long been a passion of mine, so this has been a gratifying experience.
In your opinion, what are important issues facing the energy industry today?
The energy transition – driven by growing climate risks – is the single biggest challenge actors across the energy industry are confronting today and will continue to face for decades to come. Many other key issues, such as ESG pressures, emerging technologies and the shifting policy landscape, link back to this overarching, potentially existential threat. I have been heartened to see climate action rise up the industry agenda in the past year despite the pandemic, and greatly enjoy advising a range of different clients on the issue.
How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?
I’ve been a member for roughly five years, but only started to play a more active role in mid-2019, when I joined the NCAC Council. Some of my best memories were with Rita Beale and the rest of the team that worked hard to put on the 2020 Annual Conference. Although we ultimately had to cancel the conference because of COVID-19, it was rewarding to get to know my fellow NCAC members as well as the top-notch speakers that welcomed the opportunity to participate. It’s a testament to NCAC’s strong reputation and standing in a vibrant Washington, DC energy community.