Oct. 23 - Hydrogen - University of Houston
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Friday, October 23rd
10:00 AM


*Active on October 23rd


Global decarbonization momentum has elevated the focus on the unique and many roles of hydrogen (H2) in a low-carbon future energy system. The greater Houston area has the world's leading hydrogen system, and the opportunity to bring substantial volumes of clean blue hydrogen to market quickly. Regional trucking and export markets appear promising. Unique power market (e.g., rapidly growing renewable power) and storage features offer advantages to initiating green hydrogen and hydrogen storage projects as well. To activate H2 expansion, select policy and funding support in CCUS and H2 infrastructure and in the power system is required. Amidst cost and technology uncertainties, adoption of long-term policies and funding mechanisms will also be required for the Houston area to reach its full potential as a global H2 hub.


Symposium Moderator

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Andy Steinhubl

Retired Partner, KPMG

Andy Steinhubl recently retired with over 35 years of energy experience, having launched and led KPMG’s U.S. Energy and Chemicals strategy group. Prior to joining KPMG, he worked for Booz and Company where he served as the Houston office managing partner and in a variety of North America and global energy sector leadership roles. He began his career at ExxonMobil. Andy has led projects for both corporate and private equity clients across the oil and gas, midstream, power and utilities, and chemicals segments of the energy industry – both for US and international players. Increasingly his client work has gravitated to sustainability and renewable energy issues. Andy has written and been quoted on multiple energy topics, including new mobility and retail energy paradigms. He has hosted panels at the Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows, the KPMG Global Energy Conference and other forums on these and other topics. Andy led KPMG’s pro-bono project for the Center for Houston’s Future on Houston’s economic vitality, and is collaborating with the Center on a variety of projects regarding Houston’s role in the Energy Transition, including the role of hydrogen in the decarbonization of Houston’s energy system. He is a Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Center for Houston’s Future. Andy earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Symposium Speakers

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Randy Bell

Managing Director, Atlantic Council

Randolph Bell is the director of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and Richard Morningstar chair for global energy security. He oversees the center’s research and programs in Washington and elsewhere, including the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi. He joined the Global Energy Center in 2017 as Director of Business Strategies. From 2014–2016, Mr. Bell led the launch of the Center as the Atlantic Council’s Director of Business Development and New Ventures. From 2011–2014, Mr. Bell was managing director at the International Institute for Strategic Studies–US, where he managed operations and programming of the IISS’s Washington, DC office and published extensively on African, South Asian, and cyber security issues. From 2010–2011, he was manager of national security at the Markle Foundation, where he worked on cyber security, intelligence community information sharing, and technology policy.

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Thomas Koch Blank

Senior Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Thomas Koch Blank is an engineer by education, trained in operations and drilled in business acumen at McKinsey & Company before moving to RMI where he is now a Senior Vice Principal. While at McKinsey & Company he built the very first ‘McKinsey Marginal Abatement Cost Curve’ in 2005 and built what would become a full-scale Practice around Sustainability and Resource Productivity. He has broad cross-sector insight in Energy and Climate related opportunities and extensive experience from on-site work with industrial facilities to improve productivity of energy, carbon and other resources, through 100+ site visits globally.

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Allyson Anderson Book

VP, Energy Transition, Baker Hughes

Allyson Anderson Book is vice president of energy transition for Baker Hughes. In this role she oversees Baker Hughes’ energy-transition strategy and works to develop new energy products and services that help lower carbon emissions while meeting the world’s growing energy needs. Before joining Baker Hughes she served as the executive director of the American Geosciences Institute, which represents more than 250,000 geoscientists and focuses on increasing public awareness of the role geosciences play in society’s use of resources. Prior to that, she held a number of academic, policy and senior government positions, including teaching at Georgetown University, working for the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serving as the associate director of strategic engagement of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She began her career as a geoscientist for ExxonMobil. She holds bachelor’s degrees in geology and music from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master’s degree in geology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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Maria João Duarte

Representative to the EU Institutions, Brussels Liaison Office, Mitsubishi Power Europe GmbH

Maria João Duarte is Representative to the EU institutions in Brussels for MHI Group company Mitsubishi Power Europe. She has over 10 years' experience in public affairs, specialising in energy and climate policies. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Power Europe, Maria João worked for different EU trade associations representing the interests of key industry players in the power generation and energy storage businesses. Maria João represents the company in a number of EU-level initiatives and European & Global associations, including the Hydrogen Council. She studied International Relations at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Italian.

Student Presenters

  • Zujajah Fatima, Masters of Science in Finance
  • Matt Hoffman, Masters of Business Administration
  • Katherine Nguyen, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance – Global Energy Management Program