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Rice Energy Finance Summit

The Rice Energy Finance Summit (REFS) is an annual student-led conference promoting forward-looking discussions on the most relevant energy finance, investment and strategy topics affecting the global energy industry. 

The Rice Energy Finance Summit (REFS) serves as a distinguished platform for senior executives, investors, advisors and policymakers to share their perspectives with over 400 fellow energy industry professionals and Rice University students, alumni, faculty and staff.


Friday, November 12, 2021

Time Description
7:00 - 8:00 am Registration
8:00 - 8:15 am Welcome Remarks
8:15 - 9:00 am

Morning Keynote: Honorary Bill Arnold Address

9:00 - 9:15 am Break
9:15 - 10:00 am

Panel 1 - Energy CFO Roundtable

  • Andrea Wüttke, Chief Financial Officer, Energy Vault, Inc.
  • Kevin Mitchell, Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Phillips 66
  • Maryann Mannen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • W. L. (Bill) Bullock, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ConocoPhillips
  • ModeratorSean Wheeler, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:30 - 11:15 am

Panel 2 - Financing Future Growth

  • Osmar Abib, Chairman of Global Energy (Retired), Credit Suisse
  • Scott Warrender, Head of Energy & Power CIB, Wells Fargo
  • Arash Nazhad, Director, Citi
  • Kevin Bonebrake, Managing Director, Lazard
  • ModeratorPearce Hammond, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, Piper Sandler & Co.
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:35 - 1:20 pm

Afternoon Keynote

1:20 - 1:30 pm Break
1:30 - 2:15 pm

Panel 3 - Energy ESG Investing

  • Allyson Anderson Book, Vice President of Energy Transition, Baker Hughes
  • Kassia Yanosek, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Ahmad Atwan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VC Fuel
  • Roy Lamoreaux, Vice President, Investor Relations, Communications and Government Relations, Plains All American Pipeline
  • ModeratorKunal Sachdeva, Assistant Professor of Finance, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
2:15 - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 - 3:15 pm

Panel 4 - Private Equity Perspective

  • Gabriel Alonso Imaz, Chief Executive Officer and President, 547 Energy
  • Meg Murphy, Vice President, EnCap Investments L.P. Energy Transition Fund
  • Tuan Tran, Managing Director, Ara Partners
  • Eric Danziger, Managing Director – Energy Transition, Riverbend Energy Group
  • Moderator: James Garrett, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
3:15 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 4:15 pm

Panel 5 - Energy Technology and Policy

  • Alexandra Wilde, Associate, Jones Day
  • Eduardo Manzur, Vice President, Energy Technology Sector Captain, Goldman Sachs
  • Sacha Abinader, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Barbara Burger, President, Technology Ventures, Vice President, Innovation, Chevron
  • Moderator: Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University
4:15 - 4:30 pm Closing Remarks
4:30 - 7:00 pm Networking Reception



Latham and Watkins
Kirkland and Ellis
Plains All American Pipeline
Vinson & Elkins
Ara Partners
Assured Flow Solutions
Wells Fargo
Career Development Center
Consulting Association
Finance Association
Energy Association


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