Kenneth W. Davis Jr. Leaders in Energy Speaker Series

Shaping the future of energy innovation.

The Kenneth W. Davis Jr. Leaders in Energy Speaker Series brings energy experts to TCU to share cutting-edge research and insights, and discuss the latest industry trends in energy management, emerging technologies, innovative solutions and policies, to help deepen our understanding of the evolving energy economy.

Our speaker series is made possible through the Kenneth W. Davis Jr. Endowed Lectureship at TCU (The Davis Lectureship) and hosted by the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute at the TCU Neeley School of Business.

Past Events

TCU Global Energy Symposium: The Era of Innovation

March 21, 2024

The symposium explored the role innovation will play in ensuring energy is cleaner, more abundant and more secure in the future.Leaders from industry, academia and policy discussed the link between legacy and opportunity and cutting-edge energy research being done here at TCU. Watch highlights from the conversations, read insights on the day and explore next steps from the symposium.

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TCU Energy Summit: The Pacific Islands Energy Initiative

October 13, 2023

The 2023 summit was a collaboration by the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute and their partners in industry and academia to refine a global energy security proposal the institute presented to Admiral Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and his team in December as part of TCU’s joint partnership with the United States Department of Defense.

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TCU Global Energy Symposium: The Road to Energy Resilience

April 27, 2023

The 2023 symposium explored energy security, affordability and sustainability, taking a deep dive into the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the industry today. Thought leaders, policy makers and scholars came to the TCU campus to explore the future of energy resilience.

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Keynote Speaker

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Michael Shellenberger

Founder and President
Environmental Progress

Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the best-selling author of San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities (HarperCollins 2021) and Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (HarperCollins 2020).

He’s been called an “environmental guru,” “climate guru,” “North America’s leading public intellectual on clean energy,” and “high priest” of the pro-human environmental movement for his work, and “influential.”

Michael has broken major stories including: World Economic Forum’s conflicts-of-interests and secretive finances; San Francisco’s supervised drug consumption site; FBI misinformation about the Hunter Biden laptop; Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker; San Francisco’s cash incentives for homelessness; Amazon Forest “lungs of the world” myth; climate pseudoscience; climate anxiety; the U.S. government support for fracking; and forest management, climate change, and California’s fires.

He is a leading energy expert who testifies and advises governments worldwide, including in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

Michael has testified to the U.S. Congress about nuclear energy (January 2020); climate change and energy (July 2020); climate change and health (August 2020); climate change and agriculture (February 2021); Texas & California electrical grid failures (April 2021); and climate change and the global energy crisis (September 2022).

He is the founder and president of Environmental Progress, an independent nonprofit research organization that incubates ideas, leaders, and movements, and a cofounder of the California Peace Coalition, an alliance of parents of children killed by fentanyl, parents of homeless addicts, and recovering addicts.

He has been a climate and environmental activist for over 30 years. He has helped save nuclear reactors around the world, from Illinois and New York to South Korea and Taiwan, thereby preventing an increase in air pollution equivalent to adding over 24 million cars to the road.

In the 1990s, Michael helped save California’s last unprotected ancient redwood forest, inspired Nike to improve factory conditions, and advocated for decriminalization and harm reduction policies. In the 2000s, Michael advocated for a “new Apollo project” in clean energy, which resulted in a $150 billion public investment in clean tech between 2009 and 2015.

Michael lives in Berkeley, California and travels widely. You can follow him on Twitter or email him by clicking here.

TCU Energy Security Summit

October 14, 2022

At our energy security summit, expert panelists and thought leaders discussed the future of global energy security and sustainability, energy supply and demand, and the economic impact around the world. Together, we explored affordability, reliability and innovative solutions to power society in the future. If you missed the Energy Security Summit, you can watch our highlights video or the entire summit video for a deeper dive into this important topic.

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TCU Global Energy Symposium

March 30, 2022

Our energy symposium explored the opportunities and challenges of the global energy transition. Scholars, energy analysts, industry leaders and policy makers from around the world came to the TCU campus to discuss the future of energy innovation and the role the role the U.S. will play in this global shift.

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Keynote Speaker

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Bob McNally

Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group
Award-winning Author of "Crude Volatility"

Bob McNally is founder and president of Rapidan Energy Group, a Washington area-based energy market policy and geopolitical consulting firm. McNally has more than 30 years of government and market experience as an international energy consultant, energy advisor to President George W. Bush, and hedge fund strategist. He is the author of the award-winning and acclaimed book “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices.”

Energy and Blockchain: One Sustainable Future

October 2021

This event explored the interdisciplinary partnership of energy and blockchain. Our guest speaker and expert panel discussed how blockchain may disrupt the energy industry, allowing for new forms and parties of transacting - supporting carbon tracking, and decentralizing production and trading. Additionally, these leaders discussed the concerns around energy usage for blockchain-supported bitcoin, the degree to which we should be concerned, and what remedies may be in waiting.

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Keynote Speaker

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Geoffrey Cann

Author, Educator and Speaker
"Bits, Bytes and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas"

Geoffrey Cann is an author, educator, podcaster and inspiring professional speaker. Cann’s passion is the oil and gas industry, essential to our modern industrial society and its imperative to exploit digital innovations as we slowly transition to new fuels. He has worked around the world, including Canada, United States, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and the Caribbean over a 35-year career. Cann teaches a seminar on digital oil and gas, and produces a weekly article and podcast on digital issues in energy. His first book, “Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas,” is being translated into Russian and his next book, a study of the leading practices for digital in oil and gas, will be published in early 2022. Learn more about Cann here.

Climate Change and Effective Policy: Is Alarmism Wasting Trillions?

April 2021

In this virtual speaker event, Dr. Bjorn Lomborg discussed policy-making decisions surrounding climate change, the adverse effects of alarmism on that process, and alternative solutions to this ongoing predicament.

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Dr. Bjorn Lomborg

Copenhagen Consensus Center

Dr. Lomborg is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University and a visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and works with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates. Lomborg frequently provides expertise and insights to various media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN and the BBC. He has published several books, including “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet,” “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and “Cool It.”

A Conversation on Natural Resources in a NetZero World

November 2021

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Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes

Co-founder, President and CEO
Black Mountain Metals