US Chapter Conference "Energy Transition: Oil and Gas in a Shifting ESG Landscape"

Keynote Speakers

Luiz Guimarães, Senior Partner, Global Co-Lead, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change, ERM

Luis is a global citizen committed to accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy. Graduate training in environmental policy and finance. Technical, commercial and operational (P&L) experience in the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Sahara Africa. Inspired by a net zero path that includes carbon removals and reductions, underpinned by science-based carbon accounting and a just transition. Partners with clients to inform and accelerate their decarbonization journey. Track record with carbon risk management, due diligence, data disclosure readiness (from an assurance perspective), and lender-driven social and environmental impact assessment. Member of ERM’s NA Executive Leadership Team and Global Senior Leadership Team.

Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Scott works to bring industry, government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Dr. Tinker is Director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. With Director Harry Lynch, Tinker coproduced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary films Switch and Switch On, which have been screened in over 50 countries and used on thousands of campuses worldwide.

Dr. Tinker formed, and serves as Chairman of, the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance, whose materials appear from schools to board rooms globally. Tinker is the voice of EarthDate, which is featured weekly on over 425 public radio stations in all 50 United States. In his visits to some 60 countries, Scott has given nearly 1000 keynote and invited lectures. In 2022, Dr. Tinker presented a TEDx talk on The Dual Challenge: Energy and Environment. Scott is an angel investor and has helped bring companies from startup to acquisition.

His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Forbes to Scientific American. Dr. Tinker has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is an AGI Campbell Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Parker Medalist, and a Geological Society of America (GSA) Fellow.


Juan Agudelo, Head of Energy Transition, Welligence

Juan is the Head of the Energy Transition practice at Welligence Energy Analytics, where he leads the Company’s efforts on expanding the GHG emissions solutions and designing the Carbon Capture and Storage offering.

Before joining Welligence, Juan was for 7 years a Director of Consulting at Wood Mackenzie, where he led engagements with energy companies, governments, and financial institutions.

Before consulting, Juan spent 11 years at Ecopetrol where he was most recently Strategy Advisor for the Executive Vice-President of Exploration and Production.

Juan’s areas of expertise include energy transition, valuation of energy assets, energy strategy, fiscal terms advisory, and portfolio management. He holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Specialization in Finance from Andes University, and a BE in Industrial Engineering from Javeriana University

Brett Blankenship, Head of Fundamental Analytics, JERA Americas

Brett Blankenship is the Head of Fundamental Analytics at JERA Americas. He has spent nearly two decades analyzing gas, power, emissions, and renewables markets. He has a strong background in building models and leveraging large, complex datasets into digestible commercial insights. His prior experience includes Wood Mackenzie and American Electric Power. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Marcella Burke, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Marcella is an environmental lawyer and leader in her firm’s Environmental and ESG practice. She served at the EPA as Deputy General Counsel, and at the Department of Interior as Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Natural Resources, where she managed the litigation docket and regulatory portfolio of all energy and natural resource permitting and project development on federal lands, including for the federal oil and gas, renewables, carbon capture, offshore wind, and hydropower programs.

She is a board member of the Houston ESG Council. She was named by Women We Admire as The Top 50 Women Leaders of Houston 2022, the Petroleum Economist named her a global Top 100 Women of the Energy Transition 2021, and she received the National Law Journal Energy/Environmental Law Trailblazer Award 2021, named Lawdragon 500 Leading Environmental & Energy Lawyers 2021, and ranked among the Legal 500 United States top environmental practices 2021.

She is on the Executive Committee of the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the State Bar of Texas, is on the Institute for Energy Law Advisory Counsel, and is the Chair of the Environment & Natural Resources Program Committee of the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law. She graduated from Texas A&M University and the University of Houston Law Center, with her husband is raising four sons, and is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Ed Crooks, Vice‐chair, Americas, Wood Mackenzie

Ed Crooks joined Wood Mackenzie in 2019 as Vice-Chair, Americas. Based in New York, he covers the full range of commodities, technologies and sectors, with a particular focus on climate policy, economics and the energy transition. He writes Wood Mackenzie's popular Energy Pulse newsletter, analysing the latest developments in the world of energy.

Before Wood Mackenzie, he was an award-winning energy editor for the Financial Times, first in London and then in New York. He joined the FT in 1999 as economics editor. He previously worked as an economics correspondent for BBC News, a reporter for Investor’s Chronicle magazine, and an economic researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He also served on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Ed has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Archie Fallon, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Denis A. Fallon (Archie) is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the Firm's Power & Renewable Energy, Environmental, Social & Governance and Project Finance practice groups. Archie represents private equity funds and corporate clients in strategic transactions primarily in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. Archie has particular experience advising on platform investments, mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, recapitalizations and project development. Many of Archie's clients invest in infrastructure across the risk-return spectrum, including midstream, power, renewable, transportation and other core assets.

Chambers USA (2022) recognizes Archie nationally for his work in the area of Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional). 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.

Archie is actively involved in energy industry organizations, including serving as Chair of the Renewables Practice Committee at Institute for Energy Law (IEL). He also serves on the advisory boards for IEL, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Renewable Energy Alliance Houston (REAL Houston).

Hind Farag, Founder, Transform Business Coaching & Consulting

Hind Farag is an energy industry executive coach and leadership consultant, and the founder of Transform Business Coaching and Consulting. She supports the development of senior leaders, facilitates leadership team alignment, and provides strategy recommendations to help navigate ESG, D&I, data analytics and similar disruptions. Hind also partners with seasoned industry professionals on pivoting their careers and businesses for optimizing potential during a historic transformational juncture.

Hind has a track record in launching, developing and leading successful energy analytics, research, and consulting practice areas. She also has the reputation of developing and empowering industry executives and thought leaders.  And her subject matter expertise in power & renewables and energy transitions equips her to provide highly relevant consulting and coaching services to energy executives during a pivotal phase for the industry.

Most recently, Ms. Farag was the Head of Global Commodity Analytics at Wood Mackenzie, part of Verisk Analytics, a Fortune 500 company. She was responsible for leading a major reorganization effort involving about 200 employees in 20 teams across more than 10 global locations to prepare WoodMac for capitalizing on the opportunities presented by sustainability/energy transitions dynamics. These teams provided fundamental market analytics for the power and renewables, oil, gas, NGLs, and metals and mining sectors.

Prior to that, Hind worked with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center as the Energy Transitions Program Director. She also worked with CERA (IHS Markit), Ventyx (an ABB company), and Pace Global Energy Services (a Siemens Business). Ms. Farag and her teams provided key energy industry players with market assessments, asset valuations, regulatory compliance analyses, and fundamental supply, demand and price forecasting. Her subject matter expertise spans the areas of energy demand, industry analytics, power and renewables, energy transitions, and commodity markets.

Hind holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MBA, both from the American University in Cairo.

RoseAnne Franco, Partner, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change, ERM

RoseAnne is an expert in risk and sustainability advising companies in energy, chemicals and extractives at various stages of their ESG journey. 

She has a keen understanding of the changing business context vis-a-vis sustainability and is a respected strategic advisor helping corporates navigate dynamic commercial and risk environments. She has extensive experience in developing strategy, valuing assets and evaluating value creation while at Wood Mackenzie. At ERM, she has focused on how companies will respond to sustainability vis-à-vis climate change, with a focus on reporting and climate disclosure (e.g., TCFD). Most recently, she is advising companies on decarbonization and operationalizing their Net Zero journey.

Prior to joining ERM, RoseAnne was head of the Oil & Gas portfolio at leading global data analytics firm, Verisk Maplecroft. She is a regular speaker on trends, such as competitiveness, sustainability & climate change at international fora (e.g., IPIECA) and C-suite events.

She holds a BA in Economics and Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Claudio Galimberti, Senior Vice President & Head of Americas Analysis, Rystad Energy

Claudio Galimberti is Head of Americas Analysis at Rystad Energy, managing a team of experts in the analysis of Oil & Gas Markets, Power, Renewables, Supply Chain, Shale, Upstream, Downstream, and Energy Transition in the Americas region. An economist by training, he has worked in the oil industry for over 20 years. He started his career with Shell Trading and Supply in Europe and has held a variety of senior Strategy, Commercial and Analytics roles out of the US over the past decade. He was at Shell for more than 15 years and gave a decisive contribution to the development of Shell Energy Transition Scenarios.

Prior to joining Rystad, he was with S&P Global Platts as Global Head of Demand, Refining, Agriculture & Risk in the Analytics organization, and subsequently as Senior Director of Platts Analytics Content Transformation. He was also at Trafigura as Global Head of Product Analysis. Claudio holds a Laurea Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and a Master of Finance from Tulane University.

Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, NextDecade

Vera de Gyarfas joined NextDecade as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in July 2021 and is responsible for all legal and contractual matters affecting NextDecade. De Gyarfas is a skilled corporate attorney with more than 28 years of experience in the areas of energy and natural resources, LNG, general corporate law, contract negotiations, negotiations with host governments, and mergers & acquisitions . Prior to joining NextDecade, de Gyarfas was a partner in Mayer Brown’s Houston office and a member of the Oil & Gas industry group. Previously, she was a partner at King & Spalding and worked with the firm for a total of eight years in the global transactions practice group. De Gyarfas was also a partner at Travieso, Evans, Arria, Rengel & Paz, a large Venezuelan law firm with a strong focus in general corporate, tax, labor, litigation, administrative, regulatory, alternative dispute resolution, and environmental areas. De Gyarfas was recognized as a 2016 Women in Energy Honoree by Texas Lawyer, is ranked in the Legal 500 2019 Power list as an expert in Mexico’s energy sector, and is ranked in Chambers Global 2020 for Energy and Natural Resources as an expert in the US for Venezuela. She was also recommended in Legal 500 Latin America 2018, and listed as a leading practitioner in the International Who’s Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers 2018. De Gyarfas holds a JD from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela), and a Master of Laws, from University of Houston.  She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is a frequent author and speaker on energy topics.

Robert Hebner, Director, Center for Electromechanics, The University of Texas at Austin

Bob Hebner is the Director of the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin.  The Center develops power and energy technology, and teams with companies to get emerging technology into the market.  Important current projects involve transportation electrification, growth of hydrogen in transportation and electric power, nanodielectrics, and grid resiliency.

Before joining the University of Texas, he spent many years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), culminating his time there acting as Director.  Throughout his career, Dr. Hebner has been active technically having authored or coauthored more than two hundred technical papers and reports.  He is a life fellow of the IEEE.   

Miranda Jones, VP HSE&C Mobility & Convenience, Gas & Low Carbon Energy, Regions Cities & Solutions, BP

Miranda is married to her college sweetheart with whom she has three children ages 32, 26, and 19.  Her love of family and community serve as a catalyst to her enduring commitment to disrupt generational poverty and provide all people access to safe and affordable energy.  

Over the last 28 years Miranda has worked in various leadership roles across the energy value chain in HSSE and Operations, championing leadership tenents that improve performance and support a culture of care for both people and the environment. Miranda was an early influencer in the adoption of operating management systems, human performance principles, and social and environmental policies.  She continues to challenge industry norms in the spirit of advancing the development of diverse energy streams that provide cleaner, safer, affordable energy to communities around the world.

Miranda currently serves as Vice President Health, Safety, Environment, and Carbon for bp. In her role she supports bp’s broader distributed businesses across Customers & Products, Gas & Low Carbon, & Regions Corporates & Solutions. These businesses include traditional energy portfolios as well as new lower carbon growth markets.

Miranda holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health and Environmental Management Systems. When she is not in the stands watching sports, she is reading or planning their next travel adventure.   

Moji Karimi, Co‐Founder and CEO, CEMVITA Factory

Moji is a carbon-negative entrepreneur, and a technology futurist. His mission is to create a sustainable future where humans have applied technology to balance the rate of climate change. A future where humans live in harmony with nature. As an operator, he has a track record of taking a range of multidisciplinary ideas to market. The fruits of this experience became Cemvita Factory, a company that Moji started with his sister Tara. In his role, Moji serves a team of passionate scientists and engineers on a mission to reimagine the heavy industries for a net-zero economy. This is done by genetic engineering of microbes that enable carbon-negative solutions across oil and gas, chemical, and mining industries.

Carey King, Assistant Director, Research Scientist, UT Energy Institute

Dr. Carey W King performs interdisciplinary research related to how energy systems interact within the economy and environment as well as how our policy and social systems can make decisions and tradeoffs among these often competing factors.  Carey’s research goals center on rigorous interpretations of the past to determine the most probable future energy pathways. He reaches these goals by bridging the gaps between economic and biophysical (or ecological) worldviews of economic growth and structural change.

Carey is author of the book The Economic Superorganism: Beyond the Competing Narratives on Energy, Growth, and Policy.  He has also authored dozens of journal articles and reports spanning topics of electricity and the electric grid, life cycle assessment, water and energy systems, and economics.  Carey is a Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin and Assistant Director at the Energy Institute.

Greg Matlock, Americas Energy Transition and Renewable Energy Leader, EY

Greg has significant experience regarding the energy transition for traditional natural resource-based businesses, including carbon capture use and sequestration (and Section 45Q), waste-to-energy, hydrogen (blue, green, and other variants), biomass and biofuels, geothermal, and certain other energy efficient sources.Greg also has significant experience in wind, solar, and energy storage, including structuring investments, tax equity structures, and analyzing after-tax returns.

He has extensive experience in U.S. federal income tax planning and structuring for transactions involving partnerships and corporations, with particular emphasis on energy-related investments and transactions throughout the energy spectrum.  He also has material structuring and planning engagements for energy transactions and capital market transactions and capital raise experience throughout the Americas and Globally, including energy structures and investments. 

Mr. Matlock is the former Chair of the Houston Bar Association Tax Section, and, prior to re-joining EY, Greg was a Partner at Mayer Brown LLP, where he led the firm’s Energy Transition practice. Greg will be teaching at Energy Taxation and Energy Transition at the University of Houston Law School in the Fall of 2022. He serves as the Chair of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee for the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, as well as Vice Chair of the Leadership Academy.

Greg is a frequent speaker (and writer) on energy and energy tax issues, and he has been published, appeared, or has spoken in the following: P3, Power Magazine, Reuters, Practising Law Institute, Tax Equity Times, Oil & Gas Investor Magazine, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Oil & Gas Investor Capital Formation Supplement, Houston Chronicle, Financial Times, Houston Business Journal, BNA, Inc. Daily Tax Real Time, Natural Gas Intelligence – The Weekly Gas Market Report, SNL Energy, SNL Energy – Gas Utility Week, Bloomberg BNA MLP, Louisiana Energy Conference, Tax Executives Institute, Capital Link Annual MLP Forum, American Petroleum Institute’s Federal Tax Forum, Energy M&A and Financing Forum, Texas CEO Magazine, Oil and Gas Eurasia, FuelFix, Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Journal, Midstream Business, American Oil & Gas Journal, IPAA and the IPAA Private Capital Conference, and others.

Josh Loftus, Director, Energy Markets, EY

Josh Loftus is a Director in the EY Energy Markets group, based in Houston Texas.  Josh leads account strategy across EY services for Oil & Gas clients and commercialization of EY’s Energy Transition solutions.  Josh has more than 20 years infrastructure experience, including product development, gas-to-power, distributed energy networks, financing and capital structuring as well as global oil & gas project development.  This broad experience across the infrastructure landscape provides a versatile foundation to help shape the future of the energy industry.

Prior to re-joining EY, Josh was President and Chief Development Officer at Mexico Pacific Limited (MPL), a private equity backed LNG developer.  Before MPL, Josh spent nearly 12 years at General Electric, including global leader for Gas Processing and Distributed Gas Solutions at GE Oil & Gas and managing director of Energy financing at GE Capital.  Josh started his career in product and infrastructure development at Sprint.  Josh holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Business Management from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Katie Mehnert, CEO and Founder, ALLY Energy 

The modern architect of the energy workforce, Katie Mehnert is the Founder and CEO of ALLY Energy™ the community accelerating connections, jobs, and skills to drive an equitable energy transition.  ALLY Energy is an inaugural member of Greentown Labs Houston, the top climate tech incubator in North America.

Ms. Mehnert has held global leadership roles with BP and Shell in safety and environment during periods of financial crisis, spills, divestment, and globalization. Her early career included assignments with Duke Energy, Entergy, and Enron. Her corporate path drove her to entrepreneurship to help energy companies prepare for the looming talent shortage and workforce diversity needs to address energy poverty and climate change.

She was appointed Ambassador to the United States Department of Energy in 2020 during the Trump Administration and has testified before Congress on the clean energy workforce of the future.  She was most recently appointed by the Biden Administration to the National Petroleum Council.  She’s also an Energy Institute Fellow and an advisor to Clean Energy for America.  

Ms. Mehnert is a speaker, author, and trusted source in the energy industry.  She has been published in Scientific American, Forbes, The Hill, CNBC, CNN.  Her first book, Grow with the Flow, was published in 2020.  She most recently co-authored Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy, a children’s book focused on energy careers.  Mrs. Mehnert also has appeared in Hot Money, a documentary produced by Academy Award winning actor, Jeff Bridges and Retired NATO General Wesley Clark on the financial complexities of climate change and finance. 

Katie is a four-time World Major marathoner having completed London, Chicago, New York and Berlin. Her husband is Vice President of Legal with Baker Hughes. They live with their 11-year-old daughter, Ally, in Houston.

Michael Mott, Senior Vice President, Carbon Solutions, NextDecade

Michael R. Mott was appointed Senior Vice President, Carbon Solutions in February 2022. He joined the company as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy in June 9, 2021. Prior to joining NextDecade, his previous roles included leadership positions working in start-up, scaled growth, and mature stage businesses in both domestic and international marketplaces. Most recently, Mott worked as Chief Financial Officer of LNG Limited from 2014 to 2020. Prior to his position at LNG Limited, he was employed by BG Group where he held a number of senior strategy, finance and operations roles leading business execution in BG’s Global LNG business in upstream, midstream and downstream businesses in the American hemisphere, and as Senior Vice President – Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) with responsibility for BG Group’s global workforce. From 1995 to 2003, Mott held progressively senior risk management and accounting roles for Dynegy Inc., becoming Senior Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer and Controller from 2001 to 2003. He spent thirteen years with Price Waterhouse LLP before joining Dynegy with a focus on multi-national energy majors as well as North American upstream independents. Mott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Mott is a certified public accountant in the State of Texas. 

Dan Romito, Consulting Partner, Pickering Energy Partners

Dan Romito is a Consulting Partner at Pickering Energy Partners (PEP). His career has predominantly focused on capital markets technology solutions, investor analytics, and ESG implementation. He has advised several hundred private and public companies spanning across regions, market caps, and sectors on how to optimize and implement ESG-related directives within their respective corporate strategies. He has substantial experience helping companies in the Energy, Industrial, Materials, and Utility spaces navigate ESG-focused data providers, frameworks, disclosures, and the corresponding investor landscapes.

His experience and research on the capital markets, particularly ESG, Index/ETF Ownership, and Shareholder Activism, have been featured in a variety of global periodicals, including Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Bloomberg, Global Investor Magazine, and IR Magazine.

He is a Board Member of the Energy ESG Council and is an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University, where he teaches ESG implementation, strategy, and certification.

He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.

Alex Rozenfeld, Managing Director and Founder, Climate Impact Capital 

Alex Rozenfeld founded Climate Impact Capital, LLC in 2016, filling the market gap for early-stage ClimateTech companies and strategic investors. With 25 years of energy and innovation experience, he has been a leading voice for deep corporate partnerships with start-ups to accelerate climate change solutions.

Alex has been investing since 2001, including hydrogen, fuel cells, Agtech, EV infrastructure, and grid resiliency.

Alex is an active supporter of the energy entrepreneurship community through The Center for Houston’s Future, Advisory Board of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Advisory Council for the Houston Advanced Research Center. Notable past roles include President at Shell Technology Ventures, LLC. His work also includes international roles, such as the Advisory Board to the Energy Innovation Initiative at World Economic Forum (WEF).  

Under Alex’s leadership, Climate Impact Capital launched  Texas Innovates in 2019, a non-profit hardtech incubator working on energy and water challenges, where Alex is President of the BoD.

Alex also co-founded CIC Energy Holdings in 2021 to bring solar microgrids and resiliency to underrepresented communities.   

Alex holds BSE magna cum laude and an International Policy certificate from Princeton University, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Rafael Segovia, CCUS Commercial Manager, Americas, Shell 

Rafael Segovia is an Industrial Engineer with specialization and master studies in Energy and an MBA from Kellogg Business School. He has extensive knowledge in the development of energy projects from inception, in the new energy solutions space. In the last years he has been focused on ways to decarbonize economies, and he currently works as the CCUS Commercial Manager-Americas for Shell, based in Houston, where he helps to shape the commercial value chains and the integration of different business lines.

Before working in CCS, Rafael was the Commercial Manager for Shell Peru, where Shell is a partner in PERU LNG. During this tenure, he developed the downstream LNG business in country allowing natural gas to reach remote areas of the country where gas infrastructure lacked. He also helped to shape the new Electric Vehicle (EV) market leading the installation of the first fast EV charger in Peru, supporting the government in its sustainable goals and opening new markets for other industries like the automobile. Before joining Shell, Rafael worked as a Shipping Coordinator during the first years of PERU LNG Project operations and as a Project Engineer during its construction.

Rafael is also a key promoter of STEM careers and youth’s interest in the energy sector. He led Peru´s first participation in the Shell Eco Marathon, a worldwide event involving university students featuring student design and construction of futuristic vehicles to tackle the challenges of sustainable transportation.  Rafael is also author of several articles and publications related to LNG, cleaner fuels and electric mobility.

Jeanne‐Mey Sun, Vice President, Sustainability, NRG

Jeanne-Mey Sun serves as Vice President, Sustainability, at NRG Energy, Inc., where she leads the company’s sustainability strategy. Key priorities include working to achieve NRG’s target of having a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 and advancing sustainability solutions and standards for new and existing NRG customers.

Prior to joining NRG, Jeanne-Mey was Executive, Energy Transition and Clean Energy Solutions at Baker Hughes Company, the global energy technology company. At Baker Hughes, she led the development and operationalization of the company’s energy transition strategy which included writing the company’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, building a portfolio of low carbon solutions, and working with key customers on joint carbon footprint reduction efforts. Other leadership roles at Baker Hughes included leading strategic growth initiatives and corporate strategy. Prior to Baker Hughes, Jeanne-Mey was Vice President, Strategy at Sysco Corporation, the global foodservice marketer, distributor, and supply chain company, and Principal at global management consultancy A.T. Kearney, where she served clients in multiple industries including consumer products, retail, and automotive.

Dr. Sun earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Toronto.

Jeanne-Mey is active in the Houston, innovation, and clean-tech ecosystem communities. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and its Energy Advisory and Executive Women’s Partnership committees. She has consulted for the Center for Houston’s Future and is active in its low carbon energy initiatives. She is a member of the Carbon Leadership Council of the Carbon-to-Value Initiative, serves on the Rice University Carbon Hub Advisory Panel and the Rice University Clean Energy Accelerator Advisory Board, is a member of the Rice University Baker Institute working group on carbon capture and hydrogen in the Texas industrial sector, has served as an advisor on the Rice Alliance Energy Advisory Board, has mentored energy-focused start-ups at Rice’s OwlSpark start-up accelerator, and serves as a judge in the annual Rice Business Plan Competition. She has been recognized as a “Climate and Sustainability Champion”, by ALLY Energy and as a “Trailblazer” by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce for industry, career, and community leadership.

Melany Vargas, Head of Hydrogen Consulting, Wood Mackenzie

Melany leads the Global Hydrogen Consulting Practice at Wood Mackenzie. She has supported a number of established energy companies and new developers as they grow their footprint in or enter low-carbon H2 markets, including developing market entry strategies, screening for regions and opportunities, developing analysis and reports for policy and regulatory advocacy, and performing commercial due diligence and capital raise efforts across the hydrogen value chain. She has also supported the development of Wood Mackenzie’s proprietary hydrogen modelling capabilities across low-carbon hydrogen supply, demand and technoeconomic analysis.

Melany has extensive experience solving strategic problems for clients across the energy value chain, including oilfield service companies, E&Ps, IOCs, gas and NGL infrastructure and logistics, chemicals, utilities and mining. Since 2015, she has focused her career on applying her deep expertise in fossil fuel value chains to solving Energy Transition issues, and supporting clients as they evaluate the technologies needed to achieve decarbonization targets.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Melany worked in Accenture’s Energy Strategy practice in Houston. In 2016, she was selected to serve as the project manager and lead author for the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios 2060 (published in 2016), a process that involved engagement with senior executives and policy stakeholders across all regions and parts of the energy value chain and evaluated a broad spectrum of potentially disruptive technologies. She is also currently working on a hydrogen study for the DOE on behalf of the National Petroleum Council, leading the Task Group on Integrative Economics and partnering with MIT on the modeling efforts required for all chapters of the study.

Melany holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a specialty in Energy Management and Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Maryland.