SPECIAL ADVISORS

Peter Zandan

Peter Zandan is the vice chair of research for Hill+Knowlton Strategies where he helps direct strategic initiatives as the worldwide research practice group leader. He has been instrumental in developing the firm’s reputation management and communications research offerings. Zandan has provided assistance with international brand development for clients in the financial services, energy, technology, health care and retail industries. Before joining H+K Strategies, Zandan founded IntelliQuest and served as its chairman and CEO for 15 years. IntelliQuest was the fastest growing market research company worldwide through the 1990s as it provided new product, marketing and branding services to corporations such as Apple, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. He also founded and served as CEO of Zilliant, a leading provider of price-optimization solutions that was named one of the top 50 venture-backed companies by the Wall Street Journal.

Duncan Burns

Duncan Burns is the global energy practice director for Hill + Knowlton Strategies and a member of its Global Council. He is responsible for driving the growth of the energy practice worldwide and sharing best practice across clients and a deep network of experts. Among a range of clients, Duncan leads work with the Nuclear Energy Institute on its post-Fukushima response and on the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, a broad grass-tops coalition supporting the increased use of nuclear energy. Duncan has also worked with Statoil as it expands into new markets and been the global lead for H+K’s work with electric vehicle pioneer Better Place. Before joining H+K in London, Duncan worked for the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong as international project manager for Britain in Asia Pacific. Duncan has a Masters in US Politics and Government and a degree in American Studies, including studying at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ed Chen

Ed Chen has spent much of his career as a political journalist, mostly at the L.A. Times and, more recently, at Bloomberg News as its senior White House correspondent. For over a decade,, he worked out of 1600 Pa. Ave., covering Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as five presidential campaigns, one recount and one impeachment. In his spare time, he’s written for a variety of magazines, including the N.Y. Times, the Atlantic and even that final arbiter of popular culture, People, and authored three books. As federal communications director at the National Resources Defense Council, it’s his job to ensure that their mission and accomplishments are broadly and accurately portrayed in the 24/7 media world and to help NRDC achieve its objectives through media “strategery.”

Nick Driver

Nick Driver serves as a regional director for Hill+Knowlton Strategies research team and works primarily with clients in the energy, healthcare, financial services, and technology sectors. Nick also plays a leadership role in Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. business development efforts on the west coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle). He first joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies research team as a member of the firm’s Fellows Program. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Driver was a communications instructor at Texas State University, where he earned a master’s degree in communication studies.

Joe Fargione

Dr. Joe Fargione is Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region. Joe’s research seeks ways to balance human energy and food demands with environmental conservation. Solutions include appropriate siting of new energy development and new sources for conservation funding including compensatory mitigation payments, carbon offsets, and creating markets that value nature’s benefits. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Joe received his PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and Purdue University. Joe’s dozens of scientific publications have been cited thousands of times and have been covered by NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, and The New York Times, among others. Joe is a native of Minneapolis, MN where he resides with his wife and children.

Christian Homburg

Dr. Christian Homburg is director of the Institute for Market-Oriented Management (IMU) at the University of Mannheim. His special subjects are market-oriented management, customer relationship management and sales management. Dr. h.c. mult. Homburg has published numerous books and articles at the national as well as the international level. He is member of the editorial boards of six scientific journals in the United States and Germany. Furthermore, since April 2011 he operates as the first German area editor for the Journal of Marketing. Professor Homburg received several awards for his scientific research from the American Marketing Association, the world’s leading scientific association in the area of marketing.

Davis Masten

Davis co-chairs the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies, which includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. Also, at the National Research Council, Davis chairs the Communications Subcommittee for the Advisory Board of the Division on Earth and Life Studies. He has worked on communications for study boards like the Water Science and Technology, Ocean Studies, Life Sciences, Natural Resources, among others. At MediaX at Stanford, Davis focuses on the intersection of people and technology, specifically the soon to be future where 5 billion people have smart phones and are empowered to make different decisions. In 2007, Davis sold his company, Cheskin to WPP. Cheskin focused on driving innovation based on people, culture and change. As part of this, Cheskin was involved in polls and other social science techniques around the world.

Leigh McAlister

Dr. Leigh McAlister’s area of expertise is consumer behavior, marketing models and marketing strategy. Her research focuses on consumers’ reactions to marketing interventions and the strategic implications of those reactions. She has special interest in brand value and retail marketing. McAlister’s research, published in most of the major journals in her field, has been supported by Procter & Gamble, HEB Grocery Co., 3M, Motorola, Frito-Lay, Philip Morris, Pepsi, Miller, McLane Distributing, and the Marketing Science Institute. In 1997 she published Grocery Revolution, a book co-authored with Barbara Kahn of Wharton. McAlister won the 2003 O’Dell Award for the most impactful paper published in Journal of Marketing Research, the 2005 Davidson Prize for the best paper in Journal of Retailing and she was a finalist for the 2007 MSI/H Paul Root Award for the Journal of Marketing Paper with the most impact on practice.

Raj Raghunathan

Dr. Raj Raghunathan studies theories from psychology, behavioral sciences, decision theory and marketing to explain interrelationships between affect and consumption behavior. His work has been published in most of the top marketing journals in his field and he is cited in the New York Times and many other popular media. Raghunathan was recognized as a Marketing Science Young Scholar in 2005 for his contributions to the field of Marketing, and was recently awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Grant Award.

Gary Rasp

Gary Rasp is Communications Director of The Energy Institute. He oversees communications and public affairs by involving all of the internal and external communications, including media relations, community outreach, branding, reputation management and online presence. He has more than 25 years experience working with corporations, government agencies, universities and not-for-profit organizations. His background includes work as a journalist, media liaison, direct mail specialist, public opinion analyst and public affairs consultant. Prior to joining the Energy Institute, Gary provided strategic counsel to a variety of public and private sector clients, with particular emphasis on energy industry issues.

David Reiner

Dr. David Reiner is a political scientist and is currently University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy and Programme Director of the MPhil in Technology Policy, a joint offering of Cambridge Judge Business School and Cambridge University Engineering Department. He has advised government, industry and non-governmental organisations on energy and environmental policy, with a particular emphasis on the politics of climate change and the social acceptability of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technologies. He is frequently interviewed in national and international media. Dr. Reiner is also a research associate of the Centre for International Business and Management at Cambridge, and of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and the Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies Program, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He sits on the Cambridge Judge Business School Research Committee, the EPRG management committee and the steering committee of the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Programme’s Social Research Network.

Garrett Sonnier

Garrett Sonnier is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His current research interests include product management, product and brand perceptions, pricing, Bayesian econometrics, and multivariate Bayesian statistics. His research has been published or accepted for publication in Quantitative Marketing and Economics and Marketing Science. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Sonnier was a strategic planning manager for a major automotive company.

David B. Spence

Dr. David Spence’s research and teaching focuses on business-government relations and the regulation of business, particularly energy and environmental regulation. Before coming to academia, he was a practicing attorney representing public utilities, energy companies and others in connection with a wide variety of environmental and energy regulatory matters. Professor Spence has taught as a visitor at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, the Vanderbilt Law School, the Cornell Law School, Harvard Law School, IMADEC University in Vienna, Austria, and the Bren School of the Environment at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

James L. Sweeney

Dr. James Sweeney is Director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment. He currently is Senior Fellow of: the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Woods Institute for the Environment; Precourt Institute for Energy. Prof. Sweeney is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, a council member and senior fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology, a member of the External Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Sheridan Titman

Dr. Sheridan Titman has a national reputation for his research on corporate finance, real estate and asset pricing issues. Having co-authored a leading advanced corporate finance textbook entitled “Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy,” he has served on the editorial boards of leading academic journals. Dr. Titman is a past director of the American Finance Association and a current director of both the Asia Pacific Finance Association and the Western Finance Association. He has served on the faculties of UCLA, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Boston College. He has also worked in Washington D.C. as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and currently blogs on energy policy from a financial economist’s perspective.

Michael E. Webber

Dr. Michael Webber is the Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education at the intersection of engineering, policy, and commercialization. He has authored more than 150 scientific articles, columns, books and book chapter. A highly sought public speaker, he has given more than 175 lectures, speeches, and invited talks in the last few years, including testimony for hearings of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, keynotes for scientific conferences, lectures at the United Nations, and briefings for executives at some of the nation’s leading companies. Michael is on the board of advisors for Scientific American, holds four patents, and is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project, which is a $30 million public-private partnership for smart grid innovation and deployment.

C. John Wilder

C. John Wilder is executive chairman of Bluescape Resources Company LLC. He is the former chairman, president and CEO of TXU Corp. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and CFO of Entergy Corporation, positions he held since joining the company in 1998. He also served as a director or officer for 65 Entergy-related companies. Prior to Entergy, Wilder spent almost two decades with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, most recently as CEO of Shell Capital in London. He served as a director or officer for more than 75 Shell-related companies. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Edison Electric Institute and the United Methodist Church. He is also on the advisory bodies of The Global Entergy Management Institute at the University of Houston and the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Elizabeth Henke Yant

Elizabeth Henke Yant retired in June, 2010 from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Houston. As a partner with PwC, Liz had 32 years of experience in international and domestic taxation of multinational companies and managing several tax consulting practices. She was the lead engagement tax partner for several of PwC’s largest energy industry clients. From 1994 to 1996, she managed the Price Waterhouse Tax and Legal Practices for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Liz was a tax partner in the Houston office from 1989 to 1993 developing a middle market practice in technology in the Houston area and was a member of the team that opened the Price Waterhouse office in Austin in 1984. Liz is a member of the McCombs School of Business Department of Accounting Advisory Council. She was inducted to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2009, and was honored with the Texas Star Award by the McCombs Department of Accounting in 2007. Liz is a member of the Steering Committee of The Greater Houston Partnership Executive Women’s Partnership.

The Energy Poll was developed by Dr. Wayne Hoyer, Chair of the Marketing Department at the McCombs School of Business, and Dr. Peter Zandan, Global Vice Chairman at Hill & Knowlton and Advisor to the McCombs School of Business.

Dr. Hoyer and Dr. Zandan collaborated with an academic advisory panel and stakeholders across the energy spectrum to develop the instrument. Advisors came from six academic institutions and research institutions, three firms with polling expertise, two non-governmental organizations, three energy producers (one oil and gas, two renewable), two consulting firms, one financial institution and one large energy user. Special thanks to everyone who contributed for their time and insight.

 

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