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GBF 2011: Global Energy - Sufficiency & Sustainability

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Global Energy: Sufficiency & Sustainability

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During March 20-31, 2011, the McBride Center for International Business at Baylor University hosted its 5th Global Business Forum on the theme, "Global Energy: Sufficiency & Sustainability."

The International Energy Agency has stated it officially: we are living in an time of unprecedented uncertainty. Strained by the global financial crisis, climate change, environmental disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere, political instability in energy-producing countries, political polarization in consuming countries, the rise of China and a wave of new technologies, the outlook for global energy supply and demand is, indeed, uncertain.

During the next 20 years, how will we satisfy the growing appetites of advanced, emerging, and developing economies for secure and sustainable sources of energy?

What will be the evolving mix of fossil fuels, nuclear, wind, marine, geothermal, biomass and other sources of power?

What contributions can we expect from new developments in nanotechnology, fuel cells, storage batteries, photovoltaics, insulating and thermoelectric materials, and nuclear fusion?

In the wake of the financial crisis, are capital markets, public entities, and micro-lending institutions prepared to support the investments that are needed to secure our energy future?

How can we broaden the scope of global energy cooperation and reduce the danger of international conflict?

For our 5th Global Business Forum, we assembled specialists from the academic, business, and public policy communities to explore these and other questions related to the sufficiency and sustainability of global energy resources.

Students and faculty from Baylor and other universities, energy and sustainability professionals, business executives and public officials attended. The District Export Councils of Texas were among our special guests.

View the Speakers for March 2011

March 21, 2011
Time/Location Event
Cashion 5th Floor


  • "The Big Energy Gamble"
March 22, 2011
Time/Location Event
Cashion 5th Floor

Sustainable Energy in the Developing World

  • Moderator: Smith Getterman, Sustainability Coordinator, Baylor University
  • Richard Hansen, Founder and CEO, Soluz Inc.
  • Brian Thomas, Senior Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Baylor University
  • Megan Rapp, U.N. Consultant and Graduate Student, Columbia University
March 23, 2011
Time/Location Event
Banquet Room

Opening Dinner - Energy Security: Myths and Realities

  • Charles Ebinger, Director, Energy Security Initiative, The Brookings Institution
March 24, 2011
Time/Location Event
Cashion 5th Floor

Energy in Economic Development

  • Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal
  • Gurcan Gulen, Senior Energy Economist, Center for Energy Economics, BEG, UT Austin
Cashion 5th Floor

The Outlook for Renewable Energy

  • Tod Perry, Senior Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Paul Clegg, Executive Director, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
Banquet Room

Luncheon Keynote - The New Geopolitics of Oil

  • Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, Baker Institute, Rice University
Cashion 5th Floor

Energy Sufficiency and Sustainability: The Outlook from Industry

  • Mark McCollum, Executive Vice President and CFO, Haliburton
  • John E. Lowe, Assistant to the CEO, ConocoPhillips
March 25, 2011
Time/Location Event
Cashion 5th Floor

Revolutions in the Middle East and the Global Energy Market

  • Panel Discussion - Baylor Middle Eastern Studies Faculty, William G. Baker, Randall Brown, Mark Long, William A. Mitchell, and Lynn Tatum
March 30, 2011
Time/Location Event
Waco Hall

On Topic: A Casual Conversation About Issues Facing Our Nation

  • Ken Starr, President, Baylor University
  • T. Boone Pickens, Chairman, BP Capital Management
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