The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference to be Held April 11

February 28, 2012

Energy sector leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities in fueling a new global economy

The New York Times will host a conference for leaders in energy to convene about the future of energy in the face of new global and economic demands. The invitation-only conference will take place on Wednesday, April 11, at The TimesCenter.

With many countries holding elections this year, energy is a priority discussion across global economic agendas, and The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference will be a place for leaders to talk about the globalization of demand and debate how to finance and secure the world energy supply.

Anchoring the conference will be a keynote address by Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world-renowned authority on energy issues and policy, international politics and economics.

Speakers will include:

  • Carol Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and former assistant to President Obama and director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy;
  • Steve Nadel, executive director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE);
  • T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman, BP Capital Management, and founder of the grassroots campaign the Pickens Plan;
  • Phil Radford, executive director, Greenpeace USA.

Moderators will include: Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist; Clifford Krauss, national business correspondent; and Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist.

The Times will curate an audience of around 400 leaders in energy in the public and private sectors that will include government officials, energy companies, environmental groups and NGOs, investors and policymakers.

Conference sessions will be global in scope, and the format will be a mix of head-to-head debates, panel discussions, keynote addresses, case studies, single speaker “ignition” presentations and audience brainstorming. The event will also include online polling and surveys, and delegates will participate through their smartphones.

“This conference is a unique opportunity for thought leaders, business leaders and policymakers to come together and discuss shaping a new global economy in the face of staggering energy needs,” said Gerald Marzorati, editor for The New York Times who is responsible for creating The Times’s conferences. “We look forward to hosting some of the world’s most influential voices in the energy sector and participating in important conversations about the future of energy across the globe.”


Photo: Nils van Rooijen