To best view Citi Private Bank's site and for a better overall experience, please update your browser to a newer version using the links below.
Ramez Naam, Co-Chair of Energy, Singularity University
Edward L. Morse, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Citi Research
Phil Watson, Head of Global Investment Lab & Chief Innovation Officer, Citi Private Bank
Harlin Singh, Head of Sustainable Investing, Citi Investment Management
The conversation will be moderated by Jeff Rogers, Principal, Learning & Facilitation, be radical
The world is bumping up against multiple environmental and natural resource hurdles - climate change, peak oil, fresh water shortages, raising prices for food, minerals, and commodities of all sorts. At the same time, a growing population and a surge in the wealth of the developing world is increasing consumption. Can innovation keep pace? What are the true limits to growth? How do we overcome the challenges that face us? The session will provide an overview of the key natural resource and environmental challenges that face us, the on-the-horizon innovations that hold the promise to overcome them, and the policies that would best encourage innovation in those critical fields. The true limits to economic and natural resource growth on Planet Earth will be presented and discussed.
Ramez Naam is the Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University at NASA Ames. He speaks around the world on innovation, exponential technology, and disruptive energy technologies.
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, startup investor, advisor to numerous Fortune 50 energy and transportation companies, and the award-winning author of five books, including the Nexus trilogy of science fiction novels.
Ramez was one of the first to forecast the incredible price decline in clean energy. His seminal 2011 Scientific American article, “Smaller, Cheaper, Faster” observed that the price of solar power was dropping exponentially and would eventually be lower than that of any other energy source. He’s since detailed the exponential trends in wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles and their disruptive impact on the energy and transportation sectors. Ramez is an investor in numerous startups in the fields of energy, mobility, sustainability, and artificial intelligence. He leads syndicates where others can invest with him.
Ed Morse is Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research at Citi, and held similar positions at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as the Council on Foreign Relations, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly", he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company.
Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and consulting for the UN Security Council on the design and negotiation of the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq. Morse frequently writes guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often is a commentator for Bloomberg TV and CNBC. He serves on advisory boards at Columbia and Princeton Universities and the business school at the University of Colorado. He is a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and in 2018 was named by Petroleum Economist in its inaugural “Global Energy Elite” issue as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy banking and finance.
Philip is the Head of the Global Investment Lab and Chief Innovation Officer for Citi Private Bank.
He has approximately 20 years financial experience mostly at Citi where he has held diverse roles across the Institutional client group. For the last 15 years he has been at the Private Bank.
The Global Investment Lab provide expert advice to ultra-high net worth individuals and their family offices on portfolio construction, risk management and investment strategy. Each investment solution is tailored to meet each clients' unique goals and objectives.
The Innovation office supports clients by sharing insights and perspectives on key trends and emerging technologies - connecting our clients to helpful resources from across Citi's innovation network. Phil chairs the Growth Board, participates on accelerator programs and other initiatives designed to improve the client experience.
Harlin Singh Urofsky is Head of Sustainable Investing and a registered representative of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. In her role, she is responsible for advising clients on values-aligned solutions across the investments platform. Harlin has over 15 years of experience advising both institutional and private clients across a broad spectrum of investment solutions.
Prior to joining Citi, Harlin served as Associate Director of Innovative Finance at the Milken Institute, where she was responsible for bringing together private and public sector leaders to design and recommend investment structures that address funding gaps in the social sector.
Jeffrey is a multi-modal educator and a top-rated moderator of immersive executive education programs and international summits for Singularity University since 2017. He has also been featured as a guest lecturer and workshop leader at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, and the Empowerment Summit (at ECAL in Lausanne), and Brand Minds 2019 in Bucharest. Previously, Jeffrey spent a decade building learning and development solutions, consulting on a couple of e-learning startups, and designing and delivering experiential youth leadership programs. He’s a social scientist by training (UC Berkeley, UT Austin) and a future-focused educator--with abiding interests in leadership, human ecology & complexity--by calling. He believes the future is too important to be left to the futurists, and he wants to get you involved.