Day One Agenda

October 14, 2015



10:00 AM

Welcome from the Georgetown University Community

ROBERT M. GROVES, PH.D., Provost, Georgetown University


Welcome from the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group

BARBARA J. GOLDSMITH, Executive Director, Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group and President, Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company LLC

10:10 AM

Why this Symposium is Important at this Time

RICHARD DESANTI, Chief Environmental & Safety Counsel, Environmental & Safety Law Group, Chevron Corporation

10:30 AM

Keynote Address: "A View from the Global Stage – Harnessing and Leveraging Our Collective Knowledge, Tools and Ingenuity"

ANDREW STEER, PH.D., President and CEO, World Resources Institute

11:00 AM

Major Developments Changing the Playing Field at the Intersection of Natural Resources and Industrial Activities

Experts in the fields of law, science and policy will discuss ways in which Energy Needs, Climate Policy, Risk Management, and Resource Scarcity influence and will continue to influence the natural resource practice arena for industrial companies and others. Participants will learn how these major influences are changing the way industry and others are approaching and considering natural resource matters and what can be done to adapt moving forward. 

Moderator: KEITH N. COLE, Vice President, Government Relations and Environment, Health, and Safety, W.R. Grace & Co.

Among our confirmed speakers are:

VICKI A. ARROYO, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center; Assistant Dean, Centers & Institutes, Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center

JAMES H. LAMBERT, PH.D., Research Professor, Systems & Information Engineering, Research Professor, Engineering & Society, University of Virginia; President-Elect, Society for Risk Analysis

ERIK MILITO, Group Director, Upstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute

JERRY MILLER, PH.D., Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability, Policy and Global Affairs Division, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

12:30 PM

Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI)

ROBIN DILLON-MERRILL, PH.D., Co-chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Georgetown Environment Initiative; Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

12:45 PM

Luncheon Session

Keynote luncheon Address: "The Relationship Between Natural Resources and Security"

MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD ENGEL, (USAF, RET.), Former Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council

2:00 PM

Updates on Ways to Manage and Value Natural Resources

We will hear about new ways that natural resources are being valued and managed on national, regional and international stages and what this can mean for industrial companies, investors and others. Topics to be discussed will include natural capital, ecosystem services, environmental markets, and more. Participants will learn how these tools can be used in current practices. 


R. DAVID SIMPSON, PH.D.,  Director of Ecosystem Economic Studies, Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Among our confirmed speakers are:

KENNETH BAGSTAD, PH.D., Senior Environmental Specialist, Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), The World Bank

CAROL A. JONES, PH.D., Visiting Scholar, Environmental Economics and Policy, Environmental Law Institute

SARAH J. RYKER, PH.D., Deputy Associate Director for Ecosystem Services, White House Council on Environmental Quality

THEODORE D. TOMASI, PH.D., Partner, Economics and Decision Sciences, Environmental Resources Management

3:45 PM

International Approaches to Prevention, Liability and Management in the Natural Resources Arena

An opportunity to hear from those in the know about the increasing synergies in natural resource management among nations – a preview of how these issues are likely to be addressed over coming decades and the data and tools that might be shared to facilitate analysis of appropriateness of different approaches in different locations. Participants will learn about the emerging synergies of these regimes and possible effects and opportunities relative to industrial activities. 

Moderator: MICHAEL P. WALLS, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

Among our confirmed speakers are:

NICKY CARIGLIA, Technical Adviser, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

PAUL E. HAGEN, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC

FABRICE VAREILLE, Minister Counselor – Head of Transport, Energy, Environment and Nuclear Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, in cooperation with HANS LOPATTA, Policy Officer, Legal Issues, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission

STEVEN WOLFSON, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, International Law Group, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

5:30 PM

Summary of Today’s Discussion and Preview of Day 2

5:40 PM

Adjourn to Reception