The Future of Energy Conference


Event Details

Thursday, May 24, 2012
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
300 Madison Avenue at 42nd Street
New York City, NY
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Event Transcripts and Video

The energy markets have been shaken by the instability of Middle East oil and the vulnerability of nuclear power. Moreover, developing countries like China are becoming bigger energy consumers, while energy producers like Russia see the opportunity to widen their influence. In this changed landscape, how will the U.S.'s energy needs affect its relations with other nations?

Remarks by His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly of the United NationsREAD TRANSCRIPT

Part I: Introductory Remarks and Award Presentation

Part II: Remarks From H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Part III: Panel Discussion


Event Speakers

    • H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser - Keynote Speaker
      President of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

      Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser was elected President of the Sixty-Sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 June 2011 and assumed the Presidency on 13 September, 2011.

      A veteran diplomat, Mr. Al-Nasser has the rank of Minister, granted by His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar.

      He has contributed to advancing the multilateral agenda in the realms of peace and security, sustainable development and South-South cooperation over a career spanning nearly four decades.

      For the past 13 years, from 1998 to 2011, Mr. Al-Nasser served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations. During this period, he played leading roles as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee (2009 to 2010) and as President of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation (2007 to 2009).  He also chaired the Group of 77 and China at the United Nations in New York (2004), guiding action that paved the way for the Second South Summit of the Group, which took place in Doha, Qatar, the following year, and led to the establishment of the South Fund for Development and Humanitarian Affairs, a financing mechanism aimed at assisting the countries of the South in addressing issues such as poverty, hunger and natural disasters.

    • H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser
    • Richard A. Navarre - Moderator
      President, Peabody Energy

      Rick Navarre was named President - Americas for Peabody Energy in March 2012. He has executive responsibility for the company’s operations in the Americas, including Peabody’s U.S. mining operations in the Midwest, Colorado, Powder River Basin and Southwest, a joint venture in Venezuela; all business development opportunities in the Americas and the areas of operational support; health and safety; sales and marketing; finance and administration; human resources; as well as oversight of the law function for the Americas.

      With nearly 30 years of diverse experience, Rick served as Peabody’s President & Chief Commercial Officer from 2008 – March 2012 and was Chief Financial Officer from 1999 through 2008. He joined the company in 1993, and has held a series of positions, including executive responsibility for departments as diverse as Sales, Marketing, Business Development, International Growth Initiatives, Business Performance, Trading, Transportation, Treasury, Tax Accounting, Strategic Planning, Legal, Information Technology, Supply Chain Management, Post-Mining Reclamation, Resource Management and Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with honors from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and completed advanced management courses at Harvard Business School and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.



    • Richard A. Navarre
    • Senator Byron Dorgan - Panelist
      Sr. Policy Advisor, Arent Fox LLP

      Senator Dorgan served in the US Senate leadership for 14 years, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. He has had a prolific career in public service at both the state and federal levels. He served as the elected State Tax Commissioner for the state of North Dakota for over 10 years. He served 12 years in the US House of Representatives and 18 years in the US Senate.

      Over the course of his career in public office, Senator Dorgan consistently promoted and defended the economic needs of rural America, advocated for renewable energy and energy independence, and for sound economic policies. He was a senior senator on the Appropriations, Energy, and Commerce Committees in the Senate and chairman of key subcommittees on aviation, energy, water, and Indian issues. He served on the Ways and Means Committee in the House. He is recognized as a leader in energy, aviation, agriculture, water, economic, and Indian issues.

    • Senator Byron Dorgan
    • Jason Grumet - Panelist
      President, Bipartisan Policy Center

      Jason Grumet is founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Throughout his career, Grumet has worked at the intersection of policy and politics. In 2007, with the leadership of former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, he founded BPC to develop and promote bipartisan solutions to the country’s most difficult public policy challenges. From 2001 to 2011 Grumet directed the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) which is now a former BPC project. Prior to leading the Energy Commission, Grumet was the Executive Director of NESCAUM (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management), a nonprofit association of air quality agencies in the Northeast.

      Grumet is a frequent witness at Congressional hearings and regularly appears in print and electronic media. Grumet received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children in Washington, D.C.

    • Jason Grumet
    • Mary R. (Nina) Henderson - Panelist
      Former Director, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

      Mary R. “Nina” Henderson is a Drexel College of Medicine trustee and Drexel University trustee, where she is academic affairs committee chair and a member of the executive and finance committees. Ms. Henderson’s public directorships have included AXA Financial, Inc., Del Monte Foods Company, Pactiv Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell, plc. Her consulting practice, Henderson Advisory, provides business evaluation to investment management firms on the consumer products and food industries. Previously, Ms. Henderson was corporate vice president of Bestfoods.

    • Mary R. (Nina) Henderson