Global Advisory Board

EFI’s External Advisory Board is led by Lord Browne of Madingley, the former Executive Chairman of BP who brings more than four decades of energy experience to EFI. The Advisory Board, which is still in formation, will include individuals from industry, academia, NGOs, government, think tanks, labor and the global investment community. 

Lord Browne of Madingley
Chairman of the Advisory Board

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John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley, is Executive Chairman of L1 Energy and the Chairman of Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd. Lord Browne was a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC from 2007–2015 and the Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director from 2010–2015. He was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2006–2011 and is current Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Previously, Lord Browne served as Chief Executive of BP plc from 1995–2007 and on a variety of corporate boards, including Intel, DaimlerChrysler and Goldman Sachs. He was a Trustee of the British Museum from 1995–2005, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School until June 2010, and is now Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. He is the Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Charles B. Curtis

Frances Beinecke

  Frances Beinecke  served as NRDC’s president from 2006 to 2015. Under Beinecke’s leadership, NRDC focused on finding solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, including establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.   Read full bio.

Frances Beinecke served as NRDC’s president from 2006 to 2015. Under Beinecke’s leadership, NRDC focused on finding solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, including establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.

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    Charles B. Curtis  is Nuclear Threat Initiative president emeritus, an emeritus board member and senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before his nine years of service at NTI, Curtis served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation and was a partner in Hogan & Hartson, a Washington DC based law firm with domestic and international offices.   Read full bio .

Charles B. Curtis is Nuclear Threat Initiative president emeritus, an emeritus board member and senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before his nine years of service at NTI, Curtis served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation and was a partner in Hogan & Hartson, a Washington DC based law firm with domestic and international offices.

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Byron Dorgan

John M. Deutch

    John M. Deutch  is an emeritus Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. In May 1995, he was sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence following a unanimous vote in the Senate, and served as DCI until December 1996.   Read full bio . |  List of publications

John M. Deutch is an emeritus Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. In May 1995, he was sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence following a unanimous vote in the Senate, and served as DCI until December 1996.

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  Senator Dorgan  served in the U.S. Senate for eighteen years from 1992 to 2011. He served in the Democratic Leadership from 1994 to 2011, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.   Read full bio.

Senator Dorgan served in the U.S. Senate for eighteen years from 1992 to 2011. He served in the Democratic Leadership from 1994 to 2011, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.

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Leo W. Gerard

Alain Ebobissé

  Alain Ebobissé  is head of the Africa50 Infrastructure fund. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ebobissé led the Global Fund for the development of infrastructure projects (IFC InfraVentures) of the World Bank Group. In addition to IFC InfraVentures, he was also responsible for investment in the Department of Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the branch of the World Bank Group dedicated to the private sector.   Read full bio .

Alain Ebobissé is head of the Africa50 Infrastructure fund. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ebobissé led the Global Fund for the development of infrastructure projects (IFC InfraVentures) of the World Bank Group. In addition to IFC InfraVentures, he was also responsible for investment in the Department of Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the branch of the World Bank Group dedicated to the private sector.

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  Leo W. Gerard,  United Steelworkers International President, has spent his lifetime fighting to preserve and create good, safe, union-wage jobs for USW members and their families. As leader of the largest industrial union in North America, Gerard unflinchingly takes on the fight against economic injustice and greed, even when it means standing up to powerful political interests, rich multinational corporations and trade-cheating countries like China.   Read full bio .

Leo W. Gerard, United Steelworkers International President, has spent his lifetime fighting to preserve and create good, safe, union-wage jobs for USW members and their families. As leader of the largest industrial union in North America, Gerard unflinchingly takes on the fight against economic injustice and greed, even when it means standing up to powerful political interests, rich multinational corporations and trade-cheating countries like China.

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Colette Honorable

Hal Harvey

  Hal Harvey  is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm. Since its inception in 2012, Energy Innovation has delivered high-quality research and analysis to policymakers around the world and across a range of jurisdictions to help inform their energy policy decisions.   Read full bio .

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm. Since its inception in 2012, Energy Innovation has delivered high-quality research and analysis to policymakers around the world and across a range of jurisdictions to help inform their energy policy decisions.

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  Colette Honorable  is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group in the Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Honorable is a highly regarded policy maker in domestic and international energy sectors. She recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).   Read full bio.

Colette Honorable is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group in the Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Honorable is a highly regarded policy maker in domestic and international energy sectors. She recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Mark Little

Andy Karsner

    Andy Karsner  is Managing Partner of Emerson Collective, Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at X; and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University. He champions the values of Emerson Collective to prioritize the needs of humanity in concert with nature.   Read full bio .

Andy Karsner is Managing Partner of Emerson Collective, Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at X; and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University. He champions the values of Emerson Collective to prioritize the needs of humanity in concert with nature.

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   In his 37 year career at General Electric,  Mark Little  served in diverse senior leadership roles in operations, research, strategic planning, joint venture development, and product management. From 2005, as GE’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President/Director of GE Global Research, Mark reported to the CEO and developed fundamental technologies to help GE compete and grow in every one of its businesses: energy, oil & gas, aviation, healthcare, transportation, consumer products, and financial services.   Read full bio.

In his 37 year career at General Electric, Mark Little served in diverse senior leadership roles in operations, research, strategic planning, joint venture development, and product management. From 2005, as GE’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President/Director of GE Global Research, Mark reported to the CEO and developed fundamental technologies to help GE compete and grow in every one of its businesses: energy, oil & gas, aviation, healthcare, transportation, consumer products, and financial services.

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Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty III

Katie McGinty

    Kathleen A. “Katie” McGinty  is the Senior Vice President for the Oceans program at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she leads a global team of scientists, lawyers, and advocates working to create thriving, resilient oceans. In 2016, she was the Democratic Nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania. McGinty’s public sector career includes serving as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton, and as Secretary of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell. She is an Operating Partner with a private equity fund, and has also started her own company.   Read full bio .

Kathleen A. “Katie” McGinty is the Senior Vice President for the Oceans program at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she leads a global team of scientists, lawyers, and advocates working to create thriving, resilient oceans. In 2016, she was the Democratic Nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania. McGinty’s public sector career includes serving as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton, and as Secretary of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell. She is an Operating Partner with a private equity fund, and has also started her own company.

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  Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III  is Chairman of McLarty Associates, which he co-founded in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three US Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Mr. McLarty is also Chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business.   Read full bio.

Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III is Chairman of McLarty Associates, which he co-founded in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three US Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Mr. McLarty is also Chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business.

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J. Todd Mitchell

Richard Meserve

  Richard A. Meserve  is Senior of Counsel in the Washington, DC, office of Covington & Burling LLP. He is the President Emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science and former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Early in his career, after obtaining a PhD in applied physics from Stanford and a JD from Harvard Law School, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and as legal counsel to the President’s Science Adviser. He serves as co-chair of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board and formerly served as a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.   Read full bio.

Richard A. Meserve is Senior of Counsel in the Washington, DC, office of Covington & Burling LLP. He is the President Emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science and former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Early in his career, after obtaining a PhD in applied physics from Stanford and a JD from Harvard Law School, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and as legal counsel to the President’s Science Adviser. He serves as co-chair of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board and formerly served as a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

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  Todd Mitchell  has spent his career in the energy industry, first as a principal in three start-up companies in natural gas exploration and geophysics; and more recently as founder and President of Two Seven Ventures, a clean energy investment fund with positions in solar PV finance; building power, lighting & controls; smart domestic water heating; pumped hydropower; and battery energy storage. He was a director of Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation, and its successor, Devon Energy Corporation. Mitchell Energy and Devon Energy are credited with opening and expanding the North Texas shale gas play that revolutionized global energy supply and policy.   Read full bio.

Todd Mitchell has spent his career in the energy industry, first as a principal in three start-up companies in natural gas exploration and geophysics; and more recently as founder and President of Two Seven Ventures, a clean energy investment fund with positions in solar PV finance; building power, lighting & controls; smart domestic water heating; pumped hydropower; and battery energy storage. He was a director of Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation, and its successor, Devon Energy Corporation. Mitchell Energy and Devon Energy are credited with opening and expanding the North Texas shale gas play that revolutionized global energy supply and policy.

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Ana Palacio

Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Jr

  Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr.  served as Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy, December 2014 - January 2017. He was director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford from its establishment in 2009 to 2013. He served as director of the Global Climate and Energy Project, 2002-2008. Orr was the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, 1994-2002. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1985 and holds the Keleen and Carlton Beal Chair of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, and was a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy.   Read full bio.

Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr. served as Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy, December 2014 - January 2017. He was director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford from its establishment in 2009 to 2013. He served as director of the Global Climate and Energy Project, 2002-2008. Orr was the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, 1994-2002. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1985 and holds the Keleen and Carlton Beal Chair of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, and was a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy.

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  Ana Palacio    is a former Member of the Council of State for the Spanish government and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain. Ms. Palacio is also the Founding Partner of Palacio y Asociados, a Madrid-based consulting and law firm that advises clients on business in Brussels and the European Union. Ms. Palacio was the first woman to serve as Foreign Minister of Spain, from 2002-2004. Previously she was a Member of the European Parliament (1994 - 2002) where she chaired the Conference of Committee Chairs and, from 2004 to 2006, she was member of the Spanish Parliament, chairing the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Affairs. In 2006, she became Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group as well as Secretary General of ICSID.    Read full bio  .

Ana Palacio is a former Member of the Council of State for the Spanish government and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain. Ms. Palacio is also the Founding Partner of Palacio y Asociados, a Madrid-based consulting and law firm that advises clients on business in Brussels and the European Union. Ms. Palacio was the first woman to serve as Foreign Minister of Spain, from 2002-2004. Previously she was a Member of the European Parliament (1994 - 2002) where she chaired the Conference of Committee Chairs and, from 2004 to 2006, she was member of the Spanish Parliament, chairing the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Affairs. In 2006, she became Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group as well as Secretary General of ICSID.


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Brent Scowcroft

Maxine Savitz

  Maxine L. Savitz  is a retired general manager, Technology/Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc., formerly Allied Signal. She is a member and served two terms as vice president of the National Academy of Engineering (2006-2014). Dr. Savitz was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology in 2009 and served until January 2017; she served as vice co-chair 2010-2017. Dr. Savitz was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. Dr. Savitz serves on the advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate.   Read full bio.

Maxine L. Savitz is a retired general manager, Technology/Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc., formerly Allied Signal. She is a member and served two terms as vice president of the National Academy of Engineering (2006-2014). Dr. Savitz was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology in 2009 and served until January 2017; she served as vice co-chair 2010-2017. Dr. Savitz was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. Dr. Savitz serves on the advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate.

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   As President of The Scowcroft Group and one of the country's leading experts on international policy,  Brent Scowcroft  provides clients with unparalleled strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena. Mr. Scowcroft served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, the only individual in U.S. history appointed to the position under two different Presidents. From 1982 to 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. In this capacity, he advised and assisted a wide range of U.S. and foreign corporate leaders on global joint venture opportunities, strategic planning, and risk assessment.   Read full bio .

As President of The Scowcroft Group and one of the country's leading experts on international policy, Brent Scowcroft provides clients with unparalleled strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena. Mr. Scowcroft served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, the only individual in U.S. history appointed to the position under two different Presidents. From 1982 to 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. In this capacity, he advised and assisted a wide range of U.S. and foreign corporate leaders on global joint venture opportunities, strategic planning, and risk assessment.

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Laurence Tubiana

    Laurence Tubiana  is CEO of the European Climate Foundation. She is also the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD) and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining the ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for climate action.   Read full bio.

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation. She is also the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD) and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining the ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for climate action.

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