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U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Energy Economist Daniel Yergin Will Speak at The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference

At The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference on April 11, global leaders in energy and economics will gather to discuss the critical question of how to meet the world’s staggering energy needs. Through a wide-ranging scope of debates, panel discussions, keynote addresses, case studies and brainstorming sessions, leaders in energy will weigh the principal challenges and opportunities in fueling the global future.

“This conference will bring together thought leaders from around the world to talk about the future of global energy and its supply,” said Gerald Marzorati, editor for The New York Times who is responsible for creating The Times’s conferences. “The incredible response we’ve seen to this event underscores the importance of having these very necessary conversations.”

GE is founding sponsor of The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference.

Key conference events will include:

  • Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated energy economist, will explore what the energy landscape might look like in 2030 during the Opening Keynote.
  • Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997), will join New York Times Op-Ed columnist Thomas Friedman in a special Columnist Conversation.
  • José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, chief planning officer of the state government of Bahia, Brazil, and former C.E.O of Petrobras, will deliver the afternoon’s Keynote Address.

Other renowned speakers at the conference will include:

Lester R. Brown, founder and president of Earth Policy Institute;

Carol Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress;

Lee Edwards, president and chief executive of Virent, Inc.;

Marvin Fertel, president and chief executive of the Nuclear Energy Institute;

Jochen Flasbarth, president of the German Federal Environment Agency;

Robert A. Hefner III, founder and owner of the GHK Company;

Amy Myers Jaffe, director of the Energy Forum at the Baker Institute;

John Krenicki Jr., vice chairman of GE, and president and chief executive of GE Energy;

Michael Levi, Senior Fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and director of the CFR program on energy security and climate change;

Dave McCurdy, president and chief executive of the American Gas Association;

Steve Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy;

T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management;

Jim Prendergast, executive director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Phil Radford, executive director of Greenpeace;

Jim Rogers, chairman, president and chief executive of Duke Energy; and

Manuel Camacho Solis, Mexico's former secretary of Urban Development and the Environment, and former mayor of Mexico City.

New York Times moderators will include:

Richard L. Berke, assistant managing editor;

Helene Cooper, White House correspondent;

Thomas Friedman, Op-Ed columnist;

Clifford Krauss, energy correspondent;

Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist;

Ashley Parker, Metro reporter; and

Jeff Zeleny, national political correspondent.

The conference, which is in collaboration with Richard Attias and Associates, will kick off at The TimesCenter on Wednesday, April 11, with a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. ET and conclude with a reception at 5:30 p.m. ET. The TimesCenter is located at 242 W. 41st St. Admission to the conference is by invitation only.

To submit a request for invitation and to learn more about the conference, including the speakers and agenda, visit

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