The Future of Energy

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The Future of Energy
Sep 23, 2010

About the Speakers

Jason Pontin

MODERATOR: JASON PONTIN Editor in Chief and Publisher of Technology Review

As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction of the award-winning magazine Technology Review and Pontin took on the role of publisher in September 2005, overseeing all aspects of the company's growth strategy, which includes a rapidly expanding website, specialty e-newsletters, an aggressive international expansion, and signature events, such as the annual Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.

From 1996 to 2002, Pontin the was the editor of the technology business magazine Red Herring. Most recently, he was editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for many national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Wired, and The Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, including ABC News, CNN, and National Public Radio.

Nazeer Bhore


Nazeer Bhore is the Senior Technology Advisor in Corporate Planning at Exxon Mobil Corporation, Irving, Texas. He has more than 20 years experience at ExxonMobil and its affiliates in various refining and chemical functions such as research, engineering, planning, technical services, and technology licensing. He holds a B.E. from Bombay University and a Ph.D. from University of Delaware, both in Chemical Engineering. Nazeer is a graduate of the Wharton Management Program, Philadelphia and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware.

Jose Bravo


Jose Bravo's role within Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc. is primarily business development activity in the USA, Canada and Latin America. However, Bravo was appointed to one of eight chief scientist positions within the Shell Group in his specialty areas of physics and physical separations.

The role of chief scientist was created to reinforce the Shell commitment to science, technology and innovation. Each chief scientist has internationally recognized expertise in individual fields. They deliver innovative technology that has a strong impact on wider business development.

Chemical engineering has always intrigued Bravo, in particular separation technology, and he worked briefly as a consultant chemical engineer before becoming a lecturer at the University of Texas, USA. At the university, he put together and ran a research program into separation technology for chemical plants and refineries. The program's close links with industry demonstrated Bravo's focus on application.

In the last five years, Shell Global Solutions has been particularly successful in translating its energetic separation R&D program into licensable technology. Bravo, who joined Shell Global Solutions in 1996, was instrumental in stimulating this profitable work and he sees it as one of his career highlights.

Bravo is a world-renowned expert in separation technology and his work was recognized in 2003 at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) annual meeting.

John Reilly

JOHN REILLY Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

John Reilly is a Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program and an energy, environmental, and agricultural economist. His research is focused on understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on society and the economy. A key element of his work is the integration of economic models of the global economy as it represents human activity with models of biophysical systems including the ocean, atmosphere, and terrestrial vegetation. By understanding the complex interactions of human society with our planet, the goal is to aid in the design of policies that can effectively limit the contribution of human activity to environmental change, to facilitate adaptation to unavoidable change, and to understand the consequences of the deployment of large scale energy systems that will be needed to meet growing energy needs.