Speakers

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Bob Abendschein

    Bob Abendschein

    Talos Energy Inc.
    Executive Vice President & Head of Operations

    Bio coming soon!

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Jason Bennett

    Jason Bennett

    Baker Botts
    Partner & Department Chair, Global Projects (Firmwide)

    Jason Bennett is a partner and the firmwide Department Chair for Baker Botts’ Global Projects Practice, as well as a co-head of its firmwide Energy Sector leadership. His practice is focused on the development and financing of gas/LNG, clean hydrogen/ammonia, CCUS, water and other liquids projects, joint ventures, and transactions. Jason assists clients with front-end development and structuring for projects and their ownership, the acquisition and sale of interests in assets and projects, and the financing of those projects. Jason has extensive current experience with LNG projects, including assisting clients with the structuring, development, construction and launch of greenfield liquefaction projects and related upstream developments, regasification facility projects, LNG shipping matters and the development of LNG trading platforms and investments. Jason is also actively working with clients to develop projects and to structure investments in the growing clean hydrogen/ammonia and CCUS sectors.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Sanjay Bhatia

    Sanjay Bhatia

    Evolve Collective
    Co-Founder

    Sanjay wants to live in a world where innovation can propel our economy to new heights, diversity in skills, backgrounds, and personalities can come together to make incredible things happen, and where drone flying is legal in National Parks.

    Sanjay has designed and implemented new business models throughout his career. At Booz Allen, he helped energy and service companies, and businesses in other industries, improve their competitiveness in various ways, including M&A, marketing and branding, operational improvement, and organizational design. He led FMC Technologies Corporate Development teams for nearly nine years, increasing the company's market share and share of wallet with new product launches, technology development, and service add-ons. He has consulted for a number of start-ups and privately-owned companies, focused on achieving growth.

    Sanjay enjoys having his paradigms altered by Becky. He also loves droning, investing, and hanging with his college-aged daughter. He enjoys mentoring family, friends, and colleagues, and seeks to help our millennials achieve financial security while they change the world.

  • Robert Birdsey

    Robert Birdsey

    GreenFront Energy Partners
    Managing Director

    Robert is a Managing Director and one of our Founding Partners. Prior to starting GreenFront, Robert was Head of BB&T’s Energy Investment Banking group, with oversight for 100+ corporate clients that spanned the entire Energy industry value chain. Under his leadership, BB&T participated in over 300 capital markets and advisory transactions within the Energy space. His experience ranges from Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas (upstream/midstream), and Metals & Mining, all of which complement his increased focus within the Alternative Energy arena. Before BB&T, Robert was a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Energy Investment Banking group in New York City. Early in his career, Robert worked for an environmental law firm in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    Robert earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and he holds a B.A. degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.

  • Amanda Brock Women In Energy 2020 Honoree

    Amanda Brock

    Solaris Water Midstream LLC
    President & Chief Operating Officer

    Amanda Brock is the president and chief operating officer of Solaris Midstream and has spent her career focused in the global oil and gas, power and water sectors. Before joining Solaris, Amanda was CEO of Water Standard, a water treatment company focused on desalination, produced water treatment and recycling for both the upstream and downstream energy sectors. Previously, Amanda was president of the Americas for Azurix, responsible for developing water infrastructure and services. Prior to that, she was president of Enron Joint Venture Management, managing Enron's global power assets and related partnerships.

    Amanda serves on the boards of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. and Texas Business Hall of Fame. She previously served on the board of trustees of LSU Law School and the Texas Water Commission. She has been named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle and in 2016 was both recognized as one of the top 25 leaders in water globally and as a Texas Honoree for Woman in Energy. She also facilitated a White House delegation to Abu Dhabi as part of the Administration's Moonshot for Water Initiative. In 2017, Amanda was inducted into the Houston Woman's Business Hall of Fame.

    Amanda was born in Swaziland and grew up in Zimbabwe. She completed her undergraduate degree in South Africa and earned her law degree at Louisiana State University, where she was a member of the Law Review.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Stephen Brooks

    Stephen Brooks

    American Hydrogen LLC
    Chief Commercial Officer

    Bio coming soon!

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Andrew Chen

    Andrew Chen

    CIT Group Inc.
    Managing Director

    Bio coming soon!

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Kyle Derham

    Kyle Derham

    Rice Acquisition Corporation
    President & Chief Financial Officer, Rice Investment Group; Chief Financial Officer

    Kyle is a Partner of Rice Investment Group. Kyle led the proxy campaign in 2019 to successfully elect a majority slate of director candidates to the board of EQT, the largest operator of natural gas production in the United States. Following the campaign, Kyle served as interim Chief Financial Officer of EQT and currently serves as a strategic advisor to the company. Kyle previously served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Finance of Rice Energy and Rice Midstream from January 2014 through November 2017. Through his various roles working alongside the Rice family, Kyle has focused on evaluating, structuring and negotiating key acquisitions and the execution of critical strategic initiatives to generate attractive risk adjusted returns for investors. Kyle also has experience as a private equity investor, working as an associate at First Reserve and as an investment banker at Barclays.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan

    Talos Energy Inc.
    Founder, President & CEO

    Tim Duncan is a founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Talos Energy. Prior to Talos Energy, Mr. Duncan was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and a founder of Phoenix Exploration Company LP, where he was responsible for Phoenix’s business development evaluations and negotiations, including the sale of the company to a group of buyers led by Apache Corporation. Prior to Phoenix, he was Manager of Reservoir Engineering and Evaluations for Gryphon Exploration Company. Mr. Duncan also worked in various reservoir engineering and portfolio evaluation functions for Amerada Hess Corporation, Zilkha Energy Company, and Pennzoil E&P Company.

    In 2013, Talos Energy was named by the Houston Chronicle as the #1 Top Workplace in the Houston area for companies under 150 employees and has maintained a position on the list of Top Workplaces for the last eight years. In June 2016, Mr. Duncan was named as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Energy & Energy Services sector in the Gulf Coast area.

    Mr. Duncan is the current Chairman, and past Chairman, of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA). He is a member of the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and of the American Cancer Society’s CEO’s Against Cancer. He also serves on various academically focused advisory boards, including the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Foundation Board at Mississippi State University. Mr. Duncan holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at the University of Houston.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Emily Easley

    Emily Easley

    NOVUS Energy Advisors
    CEO

    Building on her Texas oil & gas roots and an almost two-decade-long career in the renewable energy and power businesses, Emily founded NOVUS Energy Advisors, an independent consulting firm offering strategic services across the energy and cleantech industries, to offer a bridge between the traditional and alternative energy markets. The company’s unique combination of deep industry knowledge and extensive network across the renewable energy, oil, gas, and utility industries enables clients to seize opportunities for growth and profitability, capitalizing on the transition to a lower-carbon future.

    Previously, Emily worked with midstream and exploration & production companies at ERE Strategies, a renewable energy consulting practice. Her clients consisted of oil & gas fund managers and midstream service companies, where she spearheaded their efforts to identify growth strategies in the renewable energy space, including project acquisition, deal-flow, fundraising, and strategic counsel on new markets and partnership. Emily was then recruited as CEO by client, Foundation Energy Management, to launch NOVUS Clean Energy from the ground up to build out a clean energy investment vehicle for their Limited Partners.

    Prior to ERE Strategies, Emily spent a decade working with Washington, D.C.-based national clean energy associations, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA). She was charged with successfully driving, developing and generating membership revenue on behalf of the organizations. During her tenure, she managed seven-figure budgets, cultivated thousands of corporate relationships across the power and renewable energy industries, and increased sales to drive exponential growth. Additionally, Emily worked with organizational leadership to create membership vehicles and products, fundamental to the exponential growth of the organization.

    She has provided strategic counsel and investor services across the energy industry, leveraging her unique experience across the renewable, energy storage, oil & gas, distributed generations, and regulated and unregulated power markets. Emily graduated magna cum lade from Vanderbilt University with a focus on business and organizational leadership, and currently resides in Virginia with her family.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Joe Bob Edwards

    Joe Bob Edwards

    White Deer
    Managing Partner

    Joe Bob Edwards joined White Deer in 2011 and is a Partner of the firm. His responsibilities range from sourcing and managing new investments to sharing responsibility over the firm’s strategy and direction. He currently sits on the boards of Axios, Cust-O-Fab, Extract, Flogistix, Global Petro Storage (GPS), Midstream Texas, Quanah and TorcSill.

    Prior to White Deer, Joe Bob spent 13 years at First Reserve Corporation. He was the head of First Reserve’s oilfield service and equipment investment team, which at its peak oversaw over $4.0 billion in equity investments. In addition, Joe Bob served as the chairman of First Reserve’s development committee, with management responsibility for the firm’s junior investment staff. He began his career with Simmons & Company International.

    Joe Bob received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Boards for the University of Texas, McCombs Energy Initiative. Joe Bob is also Treasurer and board member of the Episcopal High School Dad’s Club, and has spent a number of years as volunteer coach and board member of Post Oak Little League.

  • Archie Fallon

    Archie Fallon

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Partner

    Denis A. Fallon (Archie) is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. Archie represents private equity funds and corporate clients in strategic transactions primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Archie has particular experience advising on platform investments, mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, recapitalizations and project development for complex energy infrastructure, including midstream assets and power assets. Archie regularly writes and speaks to groups regarding trends affecting private equity investments in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. Archie was named as one of Law360’s 2019 MVPs in the area of Project Finance. He has also been recognized as a Law360 Rising Star in the area of Energy and by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Peter Gardett

    Peter Gardett

    IHS Markit
    Executive Director, Climate & Clean Tech

    Bio coming soon!

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Chris Kendall

    Chris Kendall

    Denbury Inc.
    President & CEO

     

    Christian S. Kendall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Denbury Inc., and he also serves as a member of Denbury’s Board of Directors. Chris joined Denbury as Chief Operating Officer in September 2015 and was named President in October 2016. He was appointed to his current role as a Director and CEO effective July 1, 2017. Prior to joining Denbury, Chris was with Noble Energy, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Operations Services. Over the course of his fourteen-year tenure at Noble Energy, he held a wide range of international and domestic leadership positions, primarily in the Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America, and the Gulf of Mexico. Chris began his career at Mobil Oil Corporation in 1989.

    Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Civil Specialty, from the Colorado School of Mines and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and is the Chairman of the board of the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Jason Martinez

    Jason Martinez

    Tupper Lake Partners
    Partner

    Jason has had a 25+ year career across the energy industry, from upstream to power and renewables. He focuses on principal investing in energy technology and serves on a public Board of Directors for an upstream company. As an investment banker for over 18 years, Jason had experience across 10+ sectors, focused on multiple parts of the Energy value chain. His investing, Board, and banking transaction work spans 12+ countries, $250bn+ of deal volumes, and hundreds of transactions: venture and private equity investing, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures (“M&A&D”), capital raising, and arranging commercial lending capital commitment. He was a leader on 3 separate investment banking teams, taking 2 investment banking platforms from Top 10 to Top 5 and leading the grounds up buildout of 1 banking platform from scratch. Across both public and private companies, Jason is skilled in Shareholder, Board, Management advisory; all forms of capital raising, M&A&D; assessing strategic and financial strengths, weaknesses of business models; business development and complex sales processes; corporate finance; talent acquisition, cultivation, and mentorship.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Scott McNeill

    Scott McNeill

    Switchback II Corporation
    Co-CEO

    Mr. McNeill co-founded and has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of the board of directors of Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation (“Switchback I”; NYSE: SBE) since May 2019 and will continue to serve Switchback I in such capacity until the closing of its business combination with ChargePoint Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ChargePoint”). Mr. McNeill served as Chief Financial Officer of RSP Permian, Inc. (“RSP”) from April 2013 through the completion of its acquisition by Concho Resources, Inc. (“Concho”) in July 2018. Mr. McNeill also served as a member of the board of directors of RSP from December 2013 through July 2018. Mr. McNeill joined RSP prior to its initial public offering in January 2014 (“IPO”) and helped build the organization during its early growth phase while positioning it for its IPO. During Mr. McNeill’s tenure at RSP, RSP executed over $13 billion in M&A transactions and approximately $7 billion of financings. Before joining RSP, Mr. McNeill served as a managing director in the energy investment banking group of Raymond James Financial, Inc., advising companies operating in the exploration and production, midstream, and energy service and equipment segments of the energy industry. Mr. McNeill holds a B.B.A from Baylor University and an M.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant in the State of Texas.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Patti Melcher

    Patti Melcher

    EIV Capital
    Managing Partner & Co-Founder

    Patti Melcher co-founded EIV Capital in 2009 and serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. In this role, she leads the strategic direction of the firm and directs its investment programs.  Prior to co-founding EIV, Patti founded Allegro Capital Management, Inc. in 1997, an energy private equity firm that not only made equity investments in energy companies but also provided consulting services. During her tenure there, she served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Petrocom Energy, Ltd. Prior to that, Patti worked with Sandefer Capital Partners helping develop the investment strategy for a $500 million fund. Prior to Sandefer, Patti joined newly formed SCF partners, a private equity fund focused on the oilfield services industry.  She has more than 29 years of experience and began her career as an investment banker for Simmons & Company International.

    Patti is active in the non-profit community.  In 1997, she co-founded and then served as President and Board Chair (currently Trustee Emeritus) of The Joy School, a non-profit K-8 school focused on meeting the educational needs of children with learning differences.  She currently serves as a Trustee of the University of Virginia School of Engineering.

    She received her BS degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard University.

  • Kellie Metcalf EnCap Investments Women in Energy Honoree

    Kellie Metcalf

    EnCap Investments LP
    Managing Partner, EnCap Energy Transition

    Before joining EnCap, Ms. Metcalf was a Senior Director at Pattern Development, a renewable energy and transmission development firm, from 2010 through 2019. While at Pattern, she was responsible for the company’s power marketing, origination and A&D efforts. During her tenure at Pattern Development, the management team successfully developed over 4000MW of wind and solar assets across a global footprint and raised over $8 billion in capital.

    Prior to her position at Pattern Development, Ms. Metcalf held senior roles at Barclays Bank and Fortis Bank where she was responsible for power marketing and origination efforts for the banks. She held those roles from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Metcalf was a senior originator for Florida Power & Light’s unregulated business, where she was responsible for U.S. power market transactions. From 2002 to 2003, Ms. Metcalf was a founding member of Zilkha Renewable Energy which subsequently became Horizon Wind. Ms. Metcalf began her career in 1995 at Enron North America where she held various roles in power trading, power marketing and finance. Ms. Metcalf served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army from 1988 to 1991. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jupiter Power and Triple Oak Power and a member of the board at Broad Reach Power, Catalyze, and Solar Proponent.

    Ms. Metcalf earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Ms. Metcalf is also a CFA Charterholder.

  • Hart Energy Conference speaker Pavel Molchanov

    Pavel Molchanov

    Raymond James
    Senior Vice President & Energy Analyst

    Pavel Molchanov is Senior Vice President and Energy Analyst for Raymond James & Associates, Inc. He joined the firm in 2003 and has been part of the energy research team ever since. He became an analyst in 2006, the year he initiated coverage on the renewable energy/clean technology sector. In this role, he covers all aspects of sustainability-themed technologies, including solar, wind, biofuels, electric vehicles, hydrogen, power storage, grid modernization, water technology, and more. Within the energy research team, he also writes about the broader topics of geopolitical and regulatory issues, climate change, and ESG investing. He has been recognized in the StarMine Top Analyst survey, the Forbes Blue Chip Analyst survey, and The Wall Street Journal Best on the Street survey. He graduated cum laude from Duke University in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in economics, with high distinction.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Jim Mutrie

    Jim Mutrie

    Switchback II Corporation
    Co-CEO

    Mr. Mutrie co-founded and has served as Chief Commercial Officer, General Counsel, Secretary and Director of the board of directors of Switchback I since May 2019 and will continue to serve Switchback I in such capacity until the closing of its business combination with ChargePoint. Mr. Mutrie also served as RSP’s Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from June 2014 through the completion of the acquisition of RSP by Concho in July 2018. During his tenure, Mr. Mutrie led the negotiation and execution of approximately $13 billion of energy-related transactions and over $6 billion of financings and oversaw Legal, Information Technology, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Government Affairs at RSP. Prior to RSP, Mr. Mutrie served as General Counsel and Compliance Officer at United Surgical Partners International (NASDAQ: USPI). From October 2003 to January 2007, Mr. Mutrie practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., representing public and private companies in M&A transactions and capital market offerings. Mr. Mutrie holds a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University and a Certificate in Financial Skills from SMU Cox School of Business, Executive Education.

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    Vidisha Prasad

    Adya Partners
    Managing Partner

    Bio coming soon...

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Alex Rozenfeld

    Alex Rozenfeld

    Climate Impact Capital
    Founder and Managing Director

    Alex founded Climate Impact Capital to help fill the market gap for early stage companies and investors seeking to make an impact on climate change. With 20 years of energy and innovation experience, Alex has worked extensively internationally as an entrepreneur, angel investor, and venture capitalist for Fortune 500 companies. His main focus has been on bringing corporations and entrepreneurs together to impact one of the world’s largest challenges – sustainable and plentiful energy access. He has been investing in energy technologies since 2001, including hydrogen, fuel cells, and energy storage. Notable roles have included involvement in the earliest H2 vehicle station in California, an international energy GameChanger, and the founding member and President at Shell Technology Ventures, LLC.

    Mr. Rozenfeld has been an active supporter of the Texas energy entrepreneurship community as an energy co-chair of the Houston Angel Network, chair of the Energy Initiative at The Center for Houston’s Future, Advisory Board member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and an active adviser to many Texas energy companies. His international roles include the Advisory Board to the Energy Innovation Initiative at World Economic Forum (WEF). Mr. Rozenfeld holds a BSE magna cum laude from Princeton University and MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Chad Singleton

    Chad Singleton

    IHS Markit
    Associate Director, Gas & Power

    Bio coming soon!

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Jen Snyder

    Jen Snyder

    Enverus
    Managing Director

    Bio coming soon!

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker S. Wil VanLoh Jr.

    S. Wil VanLoh Jr.

    Quantum Energy Partners
    Founder & CEO

    Wil founded Quantum in 1998 and serves as CEO of the firm and as Chairman of Quantum’s Executive and Investment Committees.  In these capacities he leads the firm’s investment strategy and capital allocation process, working closely with the investment team to ensure its successful implementation and execution.

    Prior to co-founding Quantum, Wil co-founded Windrock Capital, Ltd., an energy investment banking firm specializing in raising private equity for and providing merger, acquisition and divestiture advice to private energy companies. Prior to Windrock, Wil worked in the energy investment banking groups of Kidder, Peabody & Co. and NationsBank. Wil has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Houston Producer’s Forum and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (“IPAA”). He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Christian University.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker James Wallis

    James Wallis

    NGP Energy Capital
    Partner

    Mr. Wallis joined NGP in 2017 and serves as a Partner in the Houston office, where he concentrates on NGP’s transaction sourcing and execution as well as the monitoring of active portfolio companies. 

    Previously, Mr. Wallis was a Managing Director with Lime Rock Partners, which he joined in 2007. His primary focus was on North American E&P and oilfield service opportunities. Prior to joining Lime Rock, Mr. Wallis worked in the energy investing banking groups of Merrill Lynch and Petrie Parkman & Co. 

    Mr. Wallis received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Business Honors Program.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Nik Wood

    Nik Wood

    Denbury Inc.
    Senior Vice President, CCU/S

    Nikulas J. Wood, Senior Vice President – CCUS, joined Denbury in 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to being named Senior Vice President in April 2021, Mr. Wood served as Vice President – Rocky Mountain Region. During his tenure at Denbury, Mr. Wood has served in progressive roles across the organization, including leadership positions in Operations, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Corporate Planning, and most recently in Development Design. Mr. Wood earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

  • Nick Woodruff

    Nick Woodruff

    RBC Capital Markets LLC
    Managing Director

    Nick Woodruff joined RBC Richardson Barr in 2013 and has more than 10 years of investment banking and industry experience devoted exclusively to the energy industry. Mr. Woodruff’s primary focus at RBC is leading asset divestitures, corporate level acquisitions, and strategic advisory assignments for clients in the upstream sector. Prior to RBC, Mr. Woodruff started his career with ExxonMobil serving in a variety of engineering, planning and gas marketing roles in the U.S. Mr. Woodruff earned a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Rice University. Mr. Woodruff has led 14 transactions in the SCOOP / STACK / MERGE since 2016 totaling over $3 billion.