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Infrastructure & Innovation II: Growth with Globalization

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We’re back, and we’re better.

During YPE NYC’s first Infrastructure and Innovation panel, panelists Jessica, Eliot, and moderator Shruti highlighted some key differences between energy grids around the world and their complex paths to sustainability. Jessica and Eliot identified numerous technological, social, political, and economic challenges that together, are hindering the emergence of a global, low-carbon economy. They also discussed nuances unique to each community that will require thoughtful solutions in order to bring about large-scale, sustainable energy infrastructure.

This time, we’re adding one more to our conversation and diving headfirst into the challenges of the people creating, supporting, and implementing these solutions against the backdrop of rapidly changing political climates. Research is indicating nationalistic sentiment continues to grow, yet technology allows us to remain more connected than ever before. How will progressive innovation fare in an increasingly closed-off, and simultaneously interconnected world?

Join Young Professionals in Energy on January 31 at Vinson & Elkins, as we consider this and more with Jessica O. Matthews of Uncharted Power, Mike Lightman of Big Idea Ventures, Eliot Cotton of Riverstone Holdings, and Shruti Nayar of GoldenSet Capital Partners.

Registration: 6:30pm

Panel: 7pm

Networking: 8:30pm

Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning renewable power company that specializes in harnessing the energy from motion to create entire ecosystems of power for communities around the world. Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19. Her list of accolades include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Inc Magazine 30 under 30, and Harvard University Scientist of the Year.

Mike Lightman is a senior partner at Big Idea Ventures, a venture fund and accelerator focused on the future of protein. He works with plant-based meats, seafoods, dairies (and others), and aims to make both a social and environmental impact. Mike sits on the advisory boards of SXSW and the NextCorps Hardware Scaleup program. He is a strategist-in-residence at NYDesigns, a hardware accelerator in Long Island City, and an entrepreneur-in-residence at his MBA alma mater, the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Mike’s background includes the World Bank, where he focused on building startup ecosystems internationally, NYU’s Urban Future Lab, and venture capital. He spent two years in Morocco with the Peace Corps and enjoys reading sci-fi books and playing with his puppy in his free time.

Eliot Cotton is an Assistant General Counsel at Riverstone Holdings, an energy and power-focused private investment firm that has raised $38 billion of capital and holds more than 160 investments in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. At Riverstone, Eliot works on buyout and growth capital investments in the exploration & production, midstream, oilfield services, power, and renewable sectors of the energy industry. Riverstone has offices in New York, London, Houston, and Mexico City. Prior to Riverstone, Eliot worked at Vinson & Elkins LLP, representing founders, high-growth companies, and venture capital firms in areas including corporate and securities law, corporate formations, venture capital financings, intellectual property matters, and all other issues common to early-stage companies. Eliot earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

Moderator, Shruti Nayar is an Analyst at GoldenSet Capital Partners. At GoldenSet, she supports the investment team in the underwriting of new investments and the monitoring of the existing portfolio. In addition, Shruti supports GoldenSet's environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives as well as the firm's commitments as a Signatory of the Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI). Prior to joining GoldenSet, Shruti was the Director of Asset Management at Green Street Power Partners, a solar project developer and financier. Shruti acquired her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, where she dual-majored in Economics and Environmental Studies, and researched under faculty members of the University Council on Sustainability. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Energy Finance from NYU and serves on the board of NYC's Young Professionals in Energy.

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