Hyatt Regency Trinidad West Indies Invited Speakers

Honourable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago 

The Honourable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago entered politics in 1971 at age 24. His career has spanned some 37 years. 

As a young Representative, Mr Manning was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary in Ministries ranging from Works and Transport to Industry and Commerce, and Petroleum and Mines. He became a full-fledged Minister in 1981, holding the Industry and Commerce, and Information portfolios, followed by Energy and Natural Resources. 

The Honourable Patrick Manning was elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on October 7th, 2002 – his third time to that Office. 

In December 2003, he was awarded the Guyana Institute for Democracy “Democracy Prize” for outstanding work in upholding the principles of democracy in the Caribbean region. 

The Honourable Prime Minister is well-respected in the international community. His vision as a leader insistent on ensuring that Trinidad and Tobago achieves developed country status by year 2020 and contributions to the development of Regional States are a testimony to this. 

In December 2004, he was awarded the Caribbean – Central American Action’s “Star of the Caribbean Award, ” for his unwavering support of Caribbean neighbours in their time of distress. 

Born in San Fernando in 1946, Mr. Manning attained his primary and secondary education in South Trinidad, followed by his B.Sc. Degree (Special Honours) in Geology at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Mr. Manning has extensive experience in the Energy Industry. He is highly regarded in the local community for his integrity and his passionate commitment to the needs of the country’s social sector. 

Dr. José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo , CEO Petrobras

José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo is President of the Executive Board of Petrobras Transporte S.A. , TRANSPETRO, Petrobras Quamica S.A. , PETROQUISA and Petrobras G’s S.A.,  GASPETRO. 

During his career at Petrobras, he received the following awards: 

  • Finance Executive of 2004 from the Brazilian Institute of Finance Executives (IBEF) – O Equilibrista (The Acrobat) Award;
  • 20th Award from the National Association of Executives in Finance, Administration and Accounting (ANEFAC) for Professional of the Year 2004: For outstanding financial performance;
  • International Stevie Business Awards 2005: As Best Finance Executive in Latin America.

During the same period Petrobras received various awards, among which were:

  • The 2004 Transparency Trophy, as the most transparent company in Brazil, awarded by the National Association of Executives in Finance, Administration and Accounting (ANEFAC);
  • The Best Investor Relations Program for Individual Investors, awarded annually by the American publication Investor Relations Magazine;
  • “Respect for the Individual Investor” Award – Tradenetwork, for giving individual shareholders special treatment, awarded by Tradenetwork;
  • International Stevie Business Awards 2005 : “The Best Company in Latin America”.

Mr. Gabrielli completed a Masters Degree at the Federal University of Bahia with a dissertation on Tax Incentives and Regional Development. In 1987 he obtained a PhD in Economics from Boston University, with a dissertation on the Financing of Brazilian State Owned Companies in the period from 1975 to 1979. During the period 2000 to 2001 he was “Visiting Research Scholar” at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was Deputy-Director of Research and Post-Graduate Studies, Director of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and coordinator of the Masters Degree Course in Economics at the Federal University of Bahia, and Superintendent of the Foundation for Research and Extension Support (FAPEX). He is the author of various articles and books on productive restructuring, the labor market, macroeconomics and regional development. Currently he is a full professor on leave from the Federal University of Bahia.

David Peattie B.Sc (Hons.) M.I.M.M. C. ENG. 

David Peattie joined BP in 1979 as a petroleum engineer and, until 1987, worked in various technical jobs in the North Sea, China, Australia and Papua New Guinea. From 1987 to 1990, David worked as a commercial analyst in London for BP Exploration. 

Between 1993 and 1995 David held a number of roles across Europe including, Business Unit Leader of the Algeria/Southern Europe Gas Business and Executive Assistant to John Browne, BP’s Group Chief Executive, responsible for all aspects of running the CEO’s office. 

On completion of his role as Executive Assistant to the CEO, David spent the next 3′ years as Head of BP’s Investor Relations leading teams in London, Frankfurt and New York. 

In January 2001 David was appointed Group Vice President and Executive Committee member of BP’s Petrochemicals business. He was responsible for BP’s petrochemicals business in Asia and was Commercial Director for the segment, based in London. 

In May 2003, David was appointed Group Vice President, Group Planning, reporting to the Group Chief of Staff. 

In April 2005 he returned to Exploration and Production (E&P) as Group Vice President of E&P, and in October 2007 he became a member of the E&P Operating Committee. In this new role David is the E&P operational deputy and also has specific responsibility for driving Segment level projects and the team of Technical Vice-Presidents. From a regional perspective, he has group responsibility for Canada, Central and South America. 

David is married and has a son and a daughter.

David J. Rothkopf 

David J. Rothkopf (24 December 1955) is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing in U.S. foreign policy and economic strategy, as well as an international business consultant and professor. He served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade during the administration of Bill Clinton. After leaving Commerce, Rothkopf became managing director of Kissinger and Associates in January 1996.[1] As a Carnegie fellow, he wrote Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power, the leading volume on the National Security Council. In addition, he is chairman and CEO of The Rothkopf Group, LLC, a consulting firm, and Garten Rothkopf LLC, a firm that focuses on emerging markets. He previously was a founder and CEO of Intellibridge, a strategic analysis firm in Washington D.C., United States. A prolific writer, Rothkopf has authored more than 150 articles on international issues for a variety of publications, most recently for the Washington Post and Intellibridge’s Homeland Security Monitor. He is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has also been an invited speaker and broadcasted on radio NPR.

Thomas J. Donohue – President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Competitiveness in a New Era

Tom Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming his position in 1997, Donohue has built the Chamber into a lobbying and political force with expanded influence across the globe. 

Donohue established the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), which has won significant legal reforms in the courts, at the state and federal levels, and in elections for state attorneys general and Supreme Court judges. 

The Chamber’s lobbyists, policy experts, and communicators have helped secure many legislative victories, including major tax cuts, more sensible workplace and environmental regulations, and increased funding for transportation. The Chamber has advanced the business argument on outsourcing and the need for balance in applying new capital markets and accounting rules, among other issues. 

On the international front, the Chamber has become a leader in knocking down trade barriers, winning new free trade agreements, and fighting protectionism both at home and abroad. 

Under Donohue’s leadership, the Chamber has also emerged as a major player in election politics, helping elect congressional pro-business candidates through financial support and voter activism and turnout generated through the Chamber’s grassroots organization, 

Donohue serves on three corporate boards of directors. In addition, he is a member of the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce as well as the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. 

Donohue is president of the Center for International Private Enterprise, a program of the National Endowment for Democracy dedicated to the development of market-oriented institutions around the world. 

Born in New York City in 1938, Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Adelphi, St. John’s, and Marymount Universities.

Katharine Ann Fredriksen

Katharine Fredriksen currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Energy. Katharine was appointed to the position in June 2006. As the Principal Deputy, she supports the Assistant Secretary in her role as the primary policy advisor to the Secretary on domestic and international policy development and implementation. She represents the agency before Congress, works with other federal agencies to ensure a comprehensive energy strategy that meets the nation’s growing energy demands, and supports the international efforts of the office to secure the nation’s energy diversity. 

Prior to joining the agency, Katharine was the Principal and founder of her own consulting firm, CapitolPlus Consulting, specializing in energy and environment issues before Congress, the White House and federal regulatory agencies. She represented clients ranging from financial services to energy companies, guiding them through issues such as permitting, tax, environmental and energy legislation, as well as clean coal initiatives. 

Katharine served as the Director of Federal Affairs for Mirant Corporation. As Director she managed a small federal affairs office of registered lobbyists to develop and maintain Congressional and Administration relationships for energy and environmental issues and assist in the development of company policy on such issues. Mirant’s ownership of power plants in 26 states required that Katharine work closely with those states’ federal delegations, in addition to the members and staff of Senate and House committees whose jurisdiction covered issues of importance to the company. Under Katharine’s leadership the company was able to effectively defeat legislation during the recent debate of Energy legislation that would have stopped the development of electricity markets vital to the company’s business model. She worked to assemble a coalition of similar, independent electricity producers and grasstop advocates to strengthen the voice for the benefits of markets in electricity production and distribution. 

Prior to working with Mirant, Katharine was Director of Environmental Affairs for Koch Industries, a privately held conglomerate with oil, gas, and chemical interests. Along with Koch’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs, she helped oversee the development and implementation of an environmental management system, and worked with the business units to obtain necessary operating permits from federal agencies. She was instrumental in successfully negotiating a consent decree for new source review with the EPA and Department of Justice, the first for the refining industry. She worked with Congress to draft legislation that used a market-based approach to control environmental pollutants. 

Before joining Koch, Katharine worked for the U.S. EPA to develop regulatory policy for air and waste management for such industries as paints, and dyes and pigments. She also led a team in the development of cross-agency regulation to govern emissions and waste disposal of the pulp and paper industry. 

Katharine was Manager of Federal Affairs for the American Chemistry Council, then known as the Chemical Manufacturers Association. She managed association committees to develop industry positions, and she ensured members were kept up-to-date on federal activities for key issues. She prepared comments by the industry on proposed hazardous air and waste regulations and was responsible for the advocacy of association positions before the Administration and Congress. 

Katharine holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and an M.S. in Environmental and Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, abd. She is actively involved in the Women in Science and Engineering, and Women in Government Relations organizations.

Jeremy Harris 

Jeremy Harris is a partner with KPMG. He is a chartered engineer with 17 years experience in major international engineering project design and construction, project management and project finance. He has significant experience with both International and National Oil Companies. His sector specialties are Oil & Gas, Utilities, Transportation, and the Environment. Mr. Harris leads KPMG’s Major Projects Advisory team in the UK, specialising in large capital projects advisory services globally. He has led the development of KPMG’s global advisory relationship with BP plc for the last 7 years. He is also the lead Partner for BP Exploration & Production. In working with BP he has experience in the following areas:

  • E&P Projects including Angola, Indonesia, Russia, Gulf of Mexico
  • Oil Trading risk management
  • Financial control & accounting
  • Health, Safety & Environmental, including safety and operations reviews
  • Oil Product and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Audits and related operational reviews
  • Contract structuring & compliance
  • Lead UK Partner for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)
  • Lead Partner for British Energy
  • Before joining KPMG in 2000 Jeremy worked in Consulting Engineering on major projects in the energy, utilities, transportation and environmental sectors
  • Has worked extensively in Western, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia Pacific

Jed Bailey – Senior Director, Cambridge Energy Research (CERA).

Jed Bailey – Senior Director, Cambridge Energy Research (CERA). CERA is an IHS company and a leading advisor to international energy companies, governments, financial institutions, and technology providers. CERA delivers critical knowledge and independent analysis on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, and strategy.

Reid Buckley – Vice President, Wind, BP Alternative Energy 

Mr. Reid Buckley joined BP Alternative Energy as Vice President, Wind in December 2006 following BP’s acquisition of Orion Energy, a wind development company based in California, U.S. 

In his current role, Mr. Buckley lead’s BP’s wind development activities in the U.S. where the company is now one of the leading wind developers. BP is growing its wind business rapidly and aims to be one of the world’s leading wind project developers by 2015. Mr. Buckley is leading the development of the Fowler Ridge wind farm in Indiana which is currently the largest wind project under construction in the world. This year BP expects that more than one-in-ten of all the new wind megawatts installed in America will have been developed and built by BP Alternative Energy. 

Mr. Buckley was at Orion Energy from its founding in 1999 to its sale to BP in 2006. He was a principal at Orion and led Orion’s North American development activities. Prior to joining Orion, Mr. Buckley served as Vice President of Business Development at Tomen Power Corporation, where he was responsible for Tomen’s wind energy activities in the United States. From 1992 to 1997 Mr. Buckley held several business development positions with Kenetech Windpower in the western U.S., and was responsible for the development of the 45 MW San Gorgonio project and the 44 MW West Texas project, as well as the purchase and sale of numerous wind energy projects. 

Mr. Buckley has also held positions with management consultant Bain & Company and with General Electric. 

Mr. Buckley holds a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Yale College and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management. In 1989, Mr. Buckley was selected as a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany, and spent one year studying and working in Bonn and Frankfurt. 

Dr. Ken Denman 

Ken Denman is a Senior Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), seconded to the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada, located at the University of Victoria where he is an Adjunct Professor. He is Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 7 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WG1 AR4 titled “Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry”. He was the Coordinating Lead Author of a chapter in the Second Assessment Report (1995) of IPCC WG1, titled Marine biotic responses to environmental change and feedbacks to climate”. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for its work on climate change. Dr. Denman was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1999. In 1988 he won the President’s Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for his research, in 2006 he was awarded the T.R. Parsons Medal for excellence in ocean science, and in 2007 he was awarded the Wooster Award of the North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES) for his research on the North Pacific Ocean. He recently completed 6 years as a member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme, and is a member of the new British Columbia Climate Action Team. He received a PhD in ocean physics from the University of British Columbia. 

Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2
Tel. 250 363 8230
Fax. 250 363 8247 

Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Institute of Ocean Sciences
9860 West Saanich Road
P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, British Columbia 
Canada, V8L 4B2 


B.Sc. 1968: University of Calgary (Physics, First Class Honours)
Ph.D. 1972: University of British Columbia (Physics and Oceanography) 

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, elected 1999.
President’s Prize, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 1988.
Parsons Medal for Excellence in Ocean Science, DFO/CMOS, 2006.
Wooster Award, North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES), 2007.
The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore on climate change. 

Professional Positions

  • Senior scientist, DFO, EC Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, c/o University of Victoria, 2000-present.
  • Research Scientist (RES-05) Federal Government of Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1972-1977), Institute of Ocean Sciences, Ocean Sciences and Productivity Division (1977 – 2000); Promoted to highest level, April 1990.
  • Section Head, Integration and Prediction Section, Institute of Ocean Sciences, 1995-2000; Chief, Ocean Physics Division (DFO, Sidney); 1990-95; Section Head, Ocean Ecology, (DFO, Sidney), 1987-1990.
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Science, University of Victoria, 1982-present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, 1995-2007.
  • Honorary Lecturer, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, 1973-1975.
  • Visiting Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo Fisheries University, November, 1999.

Recent International Appointments and Service

  •  Co-convener and Lead Author, Chapter 7 “Couplings between changes in the climate system and biogeochemistry”, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I: Fourth Scientific Assessment (AR4) of Climate Change.
  • Member, International Scientific Steering Committee, Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), 2001-present.
  • Member, Joint Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme, 2001-present.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Oceanography, Japan, 2001-2004
  • Convener and Lead Author, Chapter 10 “Marine biotic responses to environmental change and feedbacks to climate”, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I: 1995 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change.
  • Member, Steering Committee, IOC/WMO/ICSU/UNEP Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), 1997-2000. Member Executive Committee, 1998-2000.
  • Member, IGBP Joint Global Ocean Fluxes Study (JGOFS), North Pacific Task Team, 1996-2003.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Sea Research, 1999-2004.

Recent Canadian Appointments and Service

  • Member, Deputy Minister’s Science Management Board, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2008-
  • Member, British Columbia, Provincial Climate Action Team, 2007-2008.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), 2001-present; acting Chair, 2004.
  • Council member, Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Canada, 2000-2004.
  • Member, NEPTUNE Site Review Proponents Team, Canadian Foundation for Innovation Proposal, $30M, March, 2002; Working Group chair, pre-ORION workshop, San Francisco, October, 2003.
  • Chair, Scientific Committee, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 2002-2004.

Selected Recent Invited Lectures

  •  Invited Keynote Lecture, ‘The North Pacific, human activity, and climate change’, North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) 16th Annual Meeting, Victoria, October, 2007.
  • Invited talk, ‘A short story from climate change’, Common Energy Network ‘Going Beyond Climate-Neutral Conference’, University of Victoria, October, 2007.
  • Invited talk, ‘Climate change and marine ecosystems: feedbacks and impacts’, University of Washington Program on Climate Change Annual Summer Institute, Friday Harbor Laboratories WA, September 2007.
  • Invited talk, ‘Feedbacks between the global carbon cycle, the ocean, and climate: Key issues arising from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4)’, Second International Conference on Earth System Modelling, Hamburg, August 2007.
  • Invited talk, ‘The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change (AR4): A view from the inside’, DFO ADM-Science Lecture, Ottawa, April, 2007.
  • Invited lecture, ‘Climate Change: How is it affecting the ocean?’, Class in Resource Management, Malaspina University College, Nanaimo, February, 2007.
  • Invited Plenary talk: “Modelling marine ecosystems: Why do we need models and where are we going?”, American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland USA, January, 2004.
  • Invited President’s Plenary talk: ‘Ocean processes and the global carbon cycle’, Canadian Geophysical Union Annual Conference, Banff AB, May, 2002.

Trevor Boopsingh – Energy Consultant 

Mr. Trevor Michael Boopsingh is the Chairman of the Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists Limited (ACES). An MSc graduate in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from the University of London, he has received many accolades during his distinguished career for outstanding service to the local and regional energy sector. In 2000 he became a Distinguished Member of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers and he was awarded the prestigious Chaconia Medal (Gold) in the 2002 Trinidad and Tobago National Awards. 

From 1981-1987, he held the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and before that he was a Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Economics and Management at the University of the West Indies. He has also served as Chairman of Trintopec and the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin) 

Mr. Boopsingh has presented several papers at major international conferences, including Regional Energy Security (2004), Energy Modernization (1996), From Oil to Gas in Trinidad and Tobago (1995) and Downstream Possibilities in CSME (2005). He has co-authored three publication on energy issues in the Caribbean and he wrote the internationally acclaimed book “Oil, Gas and Development – A View from the South” 

He has also served as a consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat (1993), the IADB (1996) and the World Bank (1998). 

Mr. Boopsingh is currently the Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline Company Limited and a Director of Neal and Massy Holdings.

Dave A. McIntosh, Ph.D – Environmental Management Authority

Dave McIntosh is the Managing Director/CEO of the Environmental Management Authority of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr McIntosh joined the EMA in January 1996 and heads the Management Team, whose primary responsibility is to establish a new environmental management regime for Trinidad and Tobago. 

Before joining the EMA, Dr McIntosh was a Senior Manager in the Environmental and Health Sciences Business Unit of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. Dr McIntosh joined the Institute in 1985 and served as the lead in developing research in the areas of subsurface contaminant transport, solid waste disposal and water resources management. 

Dr McIntosh spent seven years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He began in 1978 as a Civil Engineer, Research and Testing and in 1980 became Programme Manager for Energy Technology Development. He was the Supervisor of the Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Section from 1982 until 1984. His final position with TVA was as Engineer in the Engineering Laboratory, where he served as a technical specialist in environmental fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and water resources. 

While serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Michigan State University (1975-1978), Dr McIntosh was a Consultant on Flood Plain Insurance Studies for the Snell Environmental Group (Lansing, MI) and on a Water Distribution System Analysis Project for Rowe Engineering (Flushing, MI). 

Dr McIntosh received his B.S.C.E. (1969) and M.Sc. (1971) degrees from New York University. He received his Ph.D from Stanford University in 1976. Dr McIntosh was a Research Assistant at both New York University and Stanford. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honour Society) and Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society). He has written numerous papers for scientific publications and wrote a chapter on Hydrogeochemical modeling to predict subsurface transport  for the book entitled CONTAMINATION OF GROUNDWATERS. 

Dr McIntosh serves on the Management Committee of Asa Wright, a Member of the Committee of the Land Settlement Agency, as well as a Board Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority. 

Dr. Jeff Salz

Dr. Jeff Salz – cultural anthropologist, explorer, and journalist has made a life out of adventure. He has traversed most of the remaining blank spots on the map, living with the Turkestani Khazaks of Central Asia, riding with the Gauchos of Argentina and nomads of Mongolia, and searching for Shangri-La among the lost valleys of the Himalayas. For three months, he led the Chinese army on a merry chase while traveling in disguise with the Khampa nomads of Tibet. Traveling the Andes on horseback, skis, and foot, he traversed the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, scaled its unclimbed summits, and followed in the footsteps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He has explored lost cities along the Amazon. And, sailing in a traditional reed boat, he became the first person to sail around Lago Titicaca, the sacred lake of the ancient Incas and the world’s highest navigable waterway. 

Jeff has successfully translated his lifetime of explorations into motivational presentations. As one of the nation’s foremost authorities on bringing the spirit of adventure into daily life, he is founder and president of Salz & Associates, a management consulting organization dedicated to innovative approaches to personal and organizational change. A partial list of his clients includes Aetna, Motorola, GTE, Pacific Bell, Hewlett Packard, and The Walt Disney Company. 

He takes his audiences on a lively exploration of the adventure perspective as a strategy for increasing effectiveness on the job and in daily life. Sharing thought-provoking insights gained from his worldwide expeditions, he skillfully guides audience members through the uncertainties of a changing world, inspiring them to chart their own course, achieve their goals and turn each day into a peak experience. His humorous style and profound sense of humanity make each presentation a memorable event, and audiences come away with a new sense of enthusiasm for their lives and careers. Combining breathtaking photography and epic storytelling, Jeff has wrapped 30 years of expedition leadership and exploration into keynote experiences that will move your people not only to tears and laughter, but also to action! 

Lorraine Bolsinger – Vice President, Ecomagination GE Energy

Lorraine Bolsinger leads ecomagination, GE’s company-wide initiative to address global environmental challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water. Ms. Bolsinger manages the entire program across GE, uniting marketing, sales, and environment, health and safety leaders to meet the goals of the initiative, and of the company. 

“Lorraine Bolsinger brings a perfect background to GE’s ecomagination initiative, as a 25-year veteran of GE, a former head of marketing, sales and product management, for one of our most important businesses, and a corporate officer who understands how research, innovation, and meeting global customer demand are key to GE’s future growth,” says GE Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt. 

Ms. Bolsinger extends relationships with strategic customers by expanding partnership programs focused on new technology, enterprise selling, and promotion; works with GE’s expansive Global Research organization to assess advanced technology projects for commercialization opportunities; coordinates with the company’s network of senior country executives to develop Ecomagination platforms tailored to meet their country’s unique needs; and liaises with government officials and non-governmental organizations around the world to address the interests of the company and the communities where it operates. 

Ms. Bolsinger joined the company in 1981, serving at GE Energy, GE Aerospace and GE Aviation for more than 20 years with experience in the power generation, oil and gas, defense, marine, and aviation transport industries. In 1999 she was named a GE Officer. Ms. Bolsinger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering. 

Bill McKibben Environmentalist and Author on Global Warming 

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. McKibben is active in the Methodist Church, and his writing sometimes has a spiritual bent. 

Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. 

Bill has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He has honorary degrees from Green Mountain College, Unity College, Lebanon Valley College and Sterling College. 

Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie, who was born in 1993, in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College.