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Rice Global E&C Forum
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rice University MS 318
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
Email: globalforum@rice.edu

Past Forums

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015


Forum 2015 Speakers and Topics

Alan English, Chairman, Board of Directors
Rice Global E&C Forum
Welcoming Address
Michele McNichol, CEO, Wood Group Mustang Keynote Speaker
“Transforming the Business with Courage”
Tom Anderson, President Lutech Resources & SVP Staffing and Recruiting, CB&I “Obtaining & Retaining Personnel in a Volatile Market”
Jeff Reilly, Group President  – Strategy & Business Development, Amec Foster Wheeler “Strategic Options Available in a Continuously Volatile Market”
Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal “Oil Market Turmoil: Mysteries of the Marginal Barrel”
Staff Sergeant Joey Jones, Team Never Quit Guest Luncheon Speaker
Moderator – Richard Westney, Founder/Director, Westney Consulting Group
Moderator – Jerry Kavalieratos, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting
Luc Messier, Senior Vice President Projects, ConocoPhillips (retired)
Dean Ragsdale, Consultant, Ragsdale Group
Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal
Michele McNichol, CEO, Wood Group Mustang
“Crossfire: Winners and Losers in a Low-Price World” Panel Discussion
Martin Houston, Chairman, Parallax Energy Banquet Speaker
“Oil has Hit $__ per barrel! Now What? – Protecting Market Share in a Volatile Market”


Forum 2014 Speakers and Topics

Tom Anderson, Chairman, Board of Directors
Rice Global E&C Forum
Welcoming Address
Edwin “Ned” Thomas, Dean of Engineering,
George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
Opening Remarks
Takashi Kubota, Executive Chairman, Chiyoda Corporation Keynote Speaker
“Impact of the North American Energy Boom on the Global Engineering and Construction Industry – How We, Chiyoda, Will Meet the Challenge”
Ignacio Quesada, Managing Director, Mexico City Office, Alvarez & Marsal “Mexican Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges Regarding Secondary Laws”
Martin Humphreys, Vice President Engineering, SNC Lavalin Engineers & Constructors “LNG From the North: Not Quite the Same”
Jorge Leis, Managing Director, Bain & Company “Perspectives on the Impact of Shale Gas and Tight Oil Production on the Global E&C Industry…and Vice Versa”
Chris Bronk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Systems, University of Houston Guest Luncheon Speaker
“Engineering a Secure Internet of Things”
Moderator – Richard Westney, Founder/Director, Westney Consulting Group
Moderator – Jerry Kavalieratos, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting
Chuck McConnell, Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Initiative, Rice University
Greg Sills, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President, Cobalt International Energy
Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal
Curt Watson, President, Process Plants & Industrial Business Unit, Wood Group Mustang
“Crossfire: Competing Views of the Future” Panel Discussion
Lee Tillman, President & CEO, Marathon Oil Corporation Banquet Speaker
“US Resource Plays: Transforming America’s and the World’s Energy Future”


Forum 2013 Speakers and Topics

Tom Anderson, Chairman, Board of Directors
Rice Global E&C Forum
Welcoming Address
Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of Engineering,
George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
Opening Remarks
Bob Deason, Chairman of the Board, UniversalPegasus International (UPI) Keynote Speaker
“Adapting Past Lessons to Future Changes”
Raoul LeBlanc, Partner and Head of Global Gas, PFC Energy “The Accelerating Pace of Change in the Energy Industry – How Far Can We Take This?”
Patrick Mullen, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, CB&I “Business Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Curve”
CJ Coolidge, Motivational and Executive Coach Guest Luncheon Speaker
“Closing the Generational Communication Gap”
Moderator – Richard Westney, Founder/Director, Westney Consulting Group
Keith Clauss, President & CEO, SK E&C
Mark Mallett, Vice President, Operations and Engineering, Freeport LNG
Keith Manning, Executive Vice President, Zachry Holdings, Inc.
Mike McAtee, Senior Vice President, BASF
“The Changing Face of North American E&C” Panel Discussion
Al Hirshberg, Executive Vice President, Technology and Projects, ConocoPhillips Banquet Speaker
“An Operator’s View of Future Developments”


Forum 2012 Speakers and Topics

Mike Coffey, Chairman, Board of Directors
Rice Global E&C Forum
Welcoming Address
Edwin “Ned” Thomas, Dean of Engineering,
George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
Opening Remarks
John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company and Founder,Citizens for Affordable Energy Keynote Speaker
“Prosperity Wanting to Happen”
Dr. Daslav Brkic, Vice President, E&C Business Development, Saipem S.p.A. “The Challenge of Laying Giant Pipelines: The Execution of the Nord Stream Project”
Raoul LeBlanc, Senior Director, Onshore, North American Practice, PFC Energy “North American Shale: And Now for the Hard Part?”
Jan Hargrave, Body Language Expert Guest Luncheon Speaker
“Strictly Business Body Language”
Moderator – Richard Westney, Founder/Director, Westney Consulting Group
Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, The Baker Institute
Don Jacobsen, Senior VP of Industry & Government Affairs, Noble Corporation
Dr. Ernest Moniz, Director, MIT Energy Initiative and former Undersecretary of Energy
Ed Verona, President & CEO, US – Russia Business Council
“The Politics and Geopolitics of Energy” Panel Discussion
Neil Duffin, President, ExxonMobil Development Company Banquet Speaker
“Aligned for Success – The Value of Long-Term Relationships”


Forum 2011 Speakers and Topics

Mike Coffey, Chairman, Board of Directors
Rice Global E&C Forum
Welcoming Address
Edwin “Ned” Thomas, Dean of Engineering,
George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
Opening Remarks
James Bernhard, CEO, Shaw Group Morning Keynote Speaker
“Powering Our Future”
Dr. Thevarak Rochanapruk, Vice President and Project Director, PTT Phenol Company Ltd. “2011: The challenge of doing an EPC project in Thailand”
John Rogers, Consultant, D.A. Davidson & Co. “Wall Street’s Perspective on E&C Stocks…Short Attention Span Owners in a Cyclical Volatile Industry”
Loic des Deserts, CEO, DORIS Engineering Presentation
Alan Armstrong, CEO, Williams Companies Afternoon Keynote Speaker
“Deconstructing Project Risks: The New Reality of Risk-Sharing to Create Competitive Advantage”
Daniel Ju, President, SK E&C “A Perspective of the World E&C Stage”
Jim Peters, Head of Americas Downstream Consulting, Wood Mackenzie “The Future of Downstream and What it Means for E&C”
Thomas Zarges, Chairman, URS Energy & Construction “Tomorrow’s Workforce: Overcoming the Gap Between the Generations”
C. Michael (Mike) Illanne, President and General Manager of Chevron’s Project Resources Company Banquet Speaker
“Ensuring Competitive Project Delivery in a Megaproject World”


Forum 2010 Speakers and Topics

Sidney Burrus, Interim Dean of Engineering,
George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
Opening Remarks
Dr. David Leebron, President, Rice University Welcoming Address
William “Bill” Utt, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, KBR, Inc. Keynote Speaker
“A Walk on the Wild Side: A Perspective of an International Engineering & Construction Contractor”
Dr. Michael J. Economides, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston “Natural Gas Flare-Ups: Present & Future”
Mark Williams, Boston College, Boston University School of Management, Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, Finance and Economics Department “Finance and Risk Management: Lehman Brothers – a Case Study”
Bruce Crager, Director, Endeavor Management “Mobile Offshore Production Systems for Offshore Oil and Gas Fields”
Sei Tange, Executive Vice President, JGC Corporation “Investing in Our Future – A Program for Continued Growth”
Jim Scotti, Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Office, Fluor Corporation “Procurement and Supply-Chain Hurdles in a Global Upturn”
Terrance Ivers, President, AMEC Americas Oil & Gas “Angola – Business Unusual: a New Paradigm for Success in the Global Oil and Gas Industry”
Joseph Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, James A. Baker Institute of Public Policy Banquet Speaker
“U.S. Energy (Non) Policy: The Failure of Significant Energy Legislation”
Majid Alghaslan, Manager of Technical Services, Aramco Services Company Banquet Speaker
“Economic Trends and Capital Projects in the GCC Countries”


Forum 2009 Speakers and Topics

Sallie Keller-McNulty, Dean of Engineering,
George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
Opening Remarks
Dr. David Leebron, President, Rice University Welcoming Address
Steve Knowles, President, Mustang Engineering, L.L.P. Morning Keynote Speaker
“E&C Market and Opportunities; Past, Present & Future”
Dr. Michael J. Economides
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Houston
“Energy Geopolitics: How Misguided Policies Interfere with Global Markets and Undermine Future Supplies”
Todd E. Alexander, Chadbourne & Parke LLP “Recent Energy and Finance Developments in the EPC Market”
Robert M. Finley, Director of Engineering, Aramco Services Company “Saudi Aramco Mega Projects – Overview and Outlook”
Luc J. Messier, Senior Vice President, Project Development and Procurement, ConocoPhillips Afternoon Keynote Speaker
“Managing Owner-Supplier Relationships Through the Economic Cycles”
Thomas L. Griffiths, Executive Vice President Risk Mgt & Business Development, Black & Veatch Corporation “Planning & Uncertainty”
Mark Embree, Professor Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University “Educating Engineering Leaders at Rice University”
Dr. David (Dave) Adkins, PMP, PE, Senior Partner & Director Technology, Business Management Consultants “Managing Troubled Projects”
Andre Dufour, Senior Vice President, SNC – Lavalin Investment Banquet Speaker
“E&C Investment in Capital Projects”
Forum 2008 Speakers and Topics
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Dr. Ahmad J. Durrani, Professor of Civil & Environmental
Engineering
, Rice University and Founding Director of the
Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum
Welcome & Reflections on Tens Years of Forum
Sallie Keller-McNulty, Dean of Engineering, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University Opening Address
Martinus Brandal, President & CEO, Aker Kvaerner ASA An Active Industry Approach to Global Climate Challenge
Michael Feigin, Managing Director, Global Construction Industry Practice, Marsh USA, Inc. The New Reality of Risk: The Shrinking World
Dr. Katherine B. Ensor,Professor & Chair of Statistics, Rice University School of Engineering Enterprise Risk Management in Complex Systems
Paul Hamilton, President, Shell Global Solutions (USA), Inc. Shell: Security & Sustainability
Dr. Daslav Brkic, Vice President, Onshore Business and Technology Development, Snamprogetti S.p.A. Optimizing Risk By Adopting New Convertible Contracts
Claire Lawrie, Accenture The Role of National Oil Companies – NOC’s
Jerry Oliver, Senior Vice President, Project Development for the FutureGen Industrial Alliance FutureGen: The Right Project at the Right Time
Dr. Charles H. Thornton, ACE Mentor Program Banquet: ACE Mentor Program – A Blueprint for the Future
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Dr. Ahmad J. Durrani- Professor of Civil & Environmental
Engineering
, Rice University
Welcome
Morning Theme: “Strategies for a Turbulent, Resource Constrained World”
The E&C Contracting world wrestles now with more demands than it can meet and deploying resources to most effectively serve owners’ needs, outsourcing overseas and using multiple project offices. Two Keynote speakers address the same morning theme, each from his particular perspective.
Neil Bruce, COO, AMEC plc- Natural Resources Keynote: Challenges of Delivering on Tomorrow’s Contracts
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University Keynote: Conflict & Diplomacy in The Middle East: Impact on Business
Peter Okundaye, President, Phil H. Nugent Nigeria Ltd. Significance of Events & Policy Shifts in Nigeria
Mariano Gurfinkel, Associate Head, University of Texas Center for Energy Economics Shifts in Energy Policy and Opportunities in North America
Afternoon Theme: “Delivering on Tomorrow’s Contracts” The final step: We choose where to work, choose how to best marshal our resources to meet the needs of our customers, but what about building for the future with the most valuable resource of all, in shorter supply today than for decades – PEOPLE?
Sallie Keller-McNulty, Dean of George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University Introduction
Dr. Leebron, President, Rice University We Reach Out, Adapt for Tomorrow’s Needs
Claire Markwardt, Partner, Accenture Energy Practice Drive for Local Content in Developing Nations
Gordon Quan, Managing Partner of Quan, Burdette & Perez Immigration Challenges in Addressing Personnel Needs
C. Skip Alvarado, Vice President, Upstream Energy & Chemicals, Fluor Corporation Energy Industry’s People Resource Issue: Attracting, Developing and Retaining People in Today’s Market
Ken Arnold, Senior Executive Vice President, AMEC Paragon and Stephen L. Klineberg, Professor of Sociology, Rice University No Longer Are We All Young White Guys: E&C Personnel Availability in the Twenty-First Century
Arnold’s Presentation
Klineberg Presentation
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Forum 2005 Speakers and Topics

Dr. Ahmad J. Durrani, Professor of Civil & Environmental
Engineering
, Rice University
Welcome
Dr. David W. Leebron, President, Rice University Opening Address
Ms. Amy Myers Jaffe, Baker Institute, Rice University Mid East Democracy & $100/bbl Oil
Mr. Alessandro Lanza, Chief Economist, ENI Oil Pricing Outlook
Mr. J.P. Chevriere, President, Transmar Consulting Building An LNG Future: The Issue of Technical Resources
Mr. Ben Ball, President, Ball & Associates Uncertainty, Risk & “Expected” Profits or “What Can I Really Expect?”
Mr. Pierre Dufour, Executive Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee; Air Liquide Group, and President/CEO American Air Liquide Growing Demands of the Industrial Gas Industry
Mr. William N. (Bill) Dudley, Director & Executive Vice President, Bechtel Corporation; President, Bechtel’s Petroleum & Chemical Global Business Unit; President, Bechtel’s Pipeline Global Business Unit; President, Oil, Gas and Chemicals Global Business Unit Keynote: E&C Industry Can Meet the Growing Demands
Mr. Ed Cloutier, President, American Executive Management State of the E&C Industry
Mr. Mark Stevens, Group Executive – Project Risk, Fluor Maintaining E&C Risks & Rewards in Balance: a Primer on How to Support Our Clients over the Long Haul
Mr. Dan Godfrey, Shell Fellow Factors Influencing Contracting Relationships
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Forum 2004 Speakers and Topics

Dr. Ahmad J. Durrani- Professor of Civil & Environmental
Engineering
, Rice University
Welcome
Dr. David W. Leebron- President, Rice University Opening Address
Mr. Daniel Valot- Chairman of the Board & CEO, Technip Oil and Gas Projects: Contracting and Common Sense
Mr. Alfred V. Neffgen- Chief Operating Officer Government Operations, Americas Region, KBR The E&C Evolution
Mr. Jim Wicklund- Managing Director, Banc of America Securities Future of the Gas Market
Dr. Nada Dutta- Chief Geo-Scientist, Schlumberger Gas Hydrates – Potential for Development
Mr. Larry Fisher- Sr. Vice President, Legal Fluor Taking a Corporate Stand against Public Corruption
Ms. Maria Antonietta Solinas- Manager of Strategic Planning & Control, ENI/Snamprogetti Current State of Owner/Contractor Relations
Dr. Peter Hartley- Chair, Dept of Economics, Rice University A Global Economic Model of the Gas Market
Terry Wood- Director of Engineering & Tech, BP Chemicals Owner’s view of the Current State of the E & C Industry

 

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Forum 2003 Speakers and Topics

Dr. Ahmad J. Durrani- Professor of Civil & Environmental
Engineering
, Rice University
Welcome
Dr. David W. Leebron- President, Rice University Opening Address
Randy Harl CEO, Kellogg, Brown & Root The Future of the E & C Business
Don Cruver Managing Partner, Cruver & Associates Risk & Reward in E & C Contracting
Keiji Fukumoto Chief Representative, JBIC Finance and Role of Japanese Credit Agency
Jim O’Sullivan Senior Vice President, Marketing, Technip Offshore, Inc. LNG Importation into the US – View Toward 2010
Vineet Majmudar S&B Engineers Industry Outlook – A Survey of Industry Executives
Dr. Malcolm Gillis President, Rice University and Environmental Issues Global Warming
Matt Simmons President, Simmons Company International E & C Industry Future
Stephen Klineberg Professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University Demographic Trends
Tsuyoshi Okada Chief Technology Officer, JGC Corporation Technical Impact on Future E/C Works
J. P. Chevriere President, Transmar Consulting E & C Industry at the Crossroads