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. 

2015-16 Seminars


Fall 2015

Sept. 23
Nils Magnussen, Director, Business Development, Chevron

Sept. 30
Rebecca Kujawa, Vice President, Business Management, NextEra Energy Resources

Oct. 7
George Baker, Publisher, Mexico Energy Intelligence and Director, Energia.com

Nov. 4
Mitch Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, FedEx

Nov. 18
Brian Bolster, Managing Director, Clean Technology & Renewables Group, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

Dec. 2
Pete Curtice, Vice President, Strategic Sales, Opower


2014-15 Seminars


Spring 2015

Feb. 4
"Free fall: Oil price volatility and its economic and geopolitical implications"
Geoff Styles, Energy industry expert and Managing Director, GSW Strategy Group

Mar. 18
"Strategies for gaining societal acceptance and support for new technologies"
Linda Fisher, Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont

Mar. 25
"Sourcing external energy innovation at GE"
Mark Wight, Managing Director, Energy Ventures, GE 

Apr. 1 
"Big bets and uncertainties in the 21st century energy industry"
Robert Gaudette, SVP Business Solutions, NRG Energy

Apr. 8 
"Investing in nature"
Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Apr. 15
"Capital-intensive disruption"
Bill Brown, Founder, 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, and CEO, NET Power


Fall 2014

Sept. 17
"Sustainability risks and opportunities for the nation’s largest electric utility"
Shawn Heath, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy

Sept. 24
"Crossing the chasm in consumer cleantech: How to bring expensive new energy technologies mainstream"
Matt Eggers, Senior Cleantech Executive

Oct. 1
"Strategic planning in the power industry"
Brad Kitchens, CEO, ScottMadden

Oct. 8
"Accelerating clean energy development: Opportunities and challenges"
Shu Ching Quek, Founder & CEO, Novuswave, Inc.

Oct. 29
"Walmart’s 2020 energy strategy: How to build a competitive advantage and lead on renewable energy"
Manuel Gomez, Vice President, Sustainability, Walmart

Nov. 5
"Ultimate recovery: Creating value in the modern American oil and gas, exploration and production industry"
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