Dr. Morse is currently the Global Head of Commodities Research at Citigroup in New York. From 1969 to 1975, he taught at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. From 1979 to 1981, Morse served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy Policy. From 2006 to 2008, he was chief energy economist at Lehman Brothers, where he argued the oil price rises of 2007 and 2008 were an unsustainable bubble. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on international relations and energy topics.
Dr. Morse is Chairman of the New York Energy Forum and serves on a number of academic advisory boards, including those of the energy programs at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Oxford Energy Policy Club, as well as a member of the editorial committee of The Geopolitics of Energy and of the journal Oil. Morse is the author of a number of books and dozens of articles on energy, economics and international affairs. Dr. Morse holds a PhD from Princeton University.
Alice LeBlanc is currently the Director of Environmental and Economic Consulting. She is trained as an economist and has worked for the past 20 years to promote market mechanisms as tools for environmental protection and sustainable development.
Until recently, she headed the Office of Environment and Climate Change in the Corporate Affairs Department of American International Group (AIG), where she designed and implemented AIG’s global corporate climate change strategy. Her responsibilities included assisting business units in development of insurance, investments, financial and consulting products that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the carbon market. She directed internal and external communications; advocacy for “cap and trade” legislation; work with non-profit organizations; collaborative research on climate change risk and adaptation; and initiatives to engage employees and reduce the environmental impacts of AIG’s internal operations.
Her prior work includes:
• Senior Vice President, Chicago Climate Exchange: design, research and marketing.
• Independent consultant on climate change issues to USEPA, Government of Australia, World Bank, UNCTAD, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the US and Canadian private sectors.
• Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund where she participated in establishing regulations for the U.S. acid rain trading program, and in research and advocacy globally for greenhouse gas emissions trading.
• International (Country Risk) Economist in the banking sector and Strategic Planner in the oil and gas industry.
Ms. LeBlanc has presented extensively on topics related to climate change and emissions trading throughout the US, including Congressional testimony, and globally. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Smith College and a M.S. in Economics from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and the Board of Advisors to the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Yusuf Nahmiyas is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Airbiquity, a venture capital-backed software technology company. At Airbiquity, Mr. Nahmiyas oversees corporate strategy and M&A activity as well as playing a joint leadership role in business development. Mr. Nahmiyas has an extensive background in the identification, pursuit, and execution of strategic initiatives for emerging high-growth companies and mature large enterprises alike.
Prior to joining Airbiquity in January 2013, Mr. Nahmiyas was a 17-year investment banker with JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and UBS. His investment banking track record encompasses public company mergers and acquisitions, corporate subsidiary and private company sales, leveraged buyouts, minority buy-ins, capital market issuances, privatizations and strategic reviews advising private equity funds and corporates as well as governments. While Mr. Nahmiyas specialized primarily in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) verticals, his transaction experience includes AES’ $1.5bn sale of a 15% stake to China Investment Corp in 2009 as well as a number of other transactional dialogues amongst U.S. utilities.
As a banker, Mr. Nahmiyas advised his clients on announced transactions in excess of $100 billion in aggregate value and executed an additional $140 billion of inconclusive transaction attempts. Mr. Nahmiyas holds a BA in Economics (with Phi Beta Kappa distinction) from the University of Chicago and MBA from Harvard Business School (which included an independent field study with Michael Porter concerning a Competitive Analysis of the Leveraged Buyout Industry).
Caroline Angoorly is a senior energy and environmental industry executive with over 20 years of domestic and international experience in business-building, strategy, operations, project and asset management, investment, project finance and M&A. She knows the energy, resources and environmental sectors, especially power and fuels markets and projects across generating technologies (including renewables and fossil) and clean tech, as well as environmental instruments, markets, regulation and policy.
Caroline is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of the New York Green Bank, a $1 billion state-sponsored investment fund aimed at accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies in New York State by addressing financing market gaps and barriers in partnership with the private sector. Caroline also leads GreenTao LLC, a specialized business growth, project development, financing, strategy and execution firm providing integrated business, operations, transaction and project advice, strategies and implementation, frequently starting with a blank sheet of paper to devise market and business strategies, as well as execution plans that answer the question “So what do we do tomorrow?”
Caroline was previously Head of Environmental Markets – North America for J.P. Morgan, SVP & Head of Development, Northeast and VP, Environmental & New Business at NRG Energy, VP & General Counsel at EnelGreenPower, CFO of Line56Media, Director of Sorbent Technologies and a Partner in the Global Project Finance Group at Milbank, Tweed. Caroline is the energy advisor to The Gail Fosler Group (an international economics consultancy) and is also on the Board of Turning Earth (an organics recycling and energy company) and Third Power.(an energy efficiency and storage company). Caroline has lived and worked in Australia, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong – doing business in all these places and The Philippines, India, China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Western Europe. She started her career with Ashursts in Melbourne, Australia and holds geology, law and business degrees.
Mr. Edward Sugar, Eddie is the Founder of EAS Advisors LLC and has been its Principal since February 2008. Mr. Sugar has more than 25 years of experience in commodities and related sectors. He served as Managing Director of Jefferies & Co. from February 1998 to February 2008. He was hired to develop the Jefferies & Co’s Australia trading desk, and prior to his departure in 2008 he served as the Managing Director responsible for international equity sales and trading. Prior to Jefferies and Co., Mr. Sugar served as a Managing Director for Marc Rich & Co. in Melbourne, Australia from 1998 to 1999, where he focused on identifying investment and purchase candidates in the resources sector, as well as commodity trading opportunities. In 1992, Mr. Sugar formed E.A.S. Consulting in Melbourne, Australia, which provided consulting advisory services to the Chairman of Coles Myer, Ltd. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Sugar served as Vice President on the Asian equities sales and trading desk at Barclays de Zoete Wedd in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Sugar was employed by Potts West Trumball & Co. in Sydney, Australia as an analyst covering Australian resource companies. Mr. Sugar served as a Director of White Tiger Gold Ltd. from December 17, 2010 to April 25, 2013.
Travis Bradford is the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a full-time Professor of Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, CBS, and the Earth Institute.
Travis is also the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.
Previously, Travis has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs, and has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S. His published works include “Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry”, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on all aspects of the energy industry.
Travis earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA in 1996 from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2006, he received an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve, as a partner at various public and private equity investment firms, and as a board member of numerous publicly traded, private, and non-profit firms in the US and abroad.