EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment


The EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment gives Duke MBAs a unique opportunity to learn about today's most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. In this for-credit curricular offering, Fuqua students have a chance to engage in candid conversations in a small-group setting with influential leaders who have deep industry experience and knowledge. Seminars cover topics ranging from global energy market economics and finance to value chain sustainability, carbon markets, and energy technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. 

2014-15 Seminars


Fall 2014

Sept. 17
Shawn Heath, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy

Sept. 24
Matt Eggers, Vice President, Sales, Tesla Motors

Oct. 1
Brad Kitchens, CEO, ScottMadden

Oct. 8
Shu Ching Quek, Founder & CEO, Novuswave, Inc.

Oct. 29
Manuel Gomez, Vice President, Sustainability, Walmart

Nov. 5
David Cecil, Managing Director, Financial Advisory, and Head of North American Exploration & Production, Lazard


2013-14 Seminars

Fall 2013

Sept. 18 
“The Evolution of the U.S. Energy System: Geopolitical and Economic Implications”
John McNabb, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Duff & Phelps Corporation

Sept. 25 
"Energy Economics: Fundamentals Point to a Wild Ride, and a Jump in U.S. Competitiveness"
Robert Latoff, Director and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Oct. 2 
"Making Sustainability More Transformational"
Terry Yosie, PhD, President & CEO, World Environment Center

Oct. 9 
"Bringing Sustainable Technologies to Market: A Case Study in Commercializing New Technologies to Address the Asian Waste Crisis"
Randall Ledford, PhD, Senior Vice President and CTO, Emerson Electric

Nov. 6 
"Resource Nationalism, Social Fairness or Killing the Golden Goose?"
Tom Albanese, Chairman, Vedanta Resources Holdings

Nov. 13 
"From Idea to Enterprise: Growing Entrepreneurial Ventures in the Oil & Gas Sector"
Pedro Santos, Founder & CEO, OsComp Systems

Nov. 20 
“Intelligent Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Global Cities”
Ken Geisler, Vice President, Strategy, Siemens Smart Grid

Spring 2014

Feb. 5
"Strategic Investments and Partnerships: Growing a Cleantech Giant like ABB"
Allen Burchett, Region Function Manager, Strategic Initiatives, ABB North America

Feb. 26
"The Economics of Waste"
Bill Caesar, President, Recycling Services and Organic Growth, Waste Management

Mar. 19
"Building a Legacy of Good: Dell’s Adventures in Setting Sustainability Goals"
Stephen Roberts, Corporate Responsibility Brand Manager, Dell

Apr. 2
“Achieving Balance: Energy Development in the Current Environment”
Bob Gwin, Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Anadarko Petroleum

Apr. 9
"Understanding Electricity: The Market, Sustainability, and You"
Gregory Aliff, Vice Chairman, Senior Partner, Energy & Resources
Deloitte LLP