WINSTON CHEN

Co-President

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Prior to Wharton, Winston was a Senior Associate at Fisher Lynch Capital (FLC), a private equity firm with $2.7 billion focused exclusively on direct co-investments in leveraged buyout transactions. While at FLC, Winston helped the firm close 11 transactions, totaling more than $360 million in new and follow-on investments. Before joining FLC, Winston was a Senior Associate Consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, where he worked primarily in energy and industrials. Winston spent his summer in NYC with 3i North American Infrastructure, the infrastructure private equity platform within 3i Group plc ($17bn+ AUM).


Winston earned his B.S.F.S. in International Economics cum laude from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.

 

KHALID QUIDWAI

Co-President

Khalid earned his Bachelor's of Technology (Honors) in Manufacturing Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Prior to Wharton, Khalid has led teams in diverse roles across technology industries. As a Project and Operations Manager for ITC, Khalid led a team of engineers to set-up a 2.2 million square foot, $22 million  state-of-art automated production facility. Prior to ITC, Khalid worked as a Logging Engineer with Schlumberger, world’s largest oil and gas services firm, across Middle-East, Russia and the Indian Offshore and executed eleven exploration contracts.
 

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JULIE UFFORD KEENAHAN

Co-President

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Julie holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Wharton, Julie worked in Accenture's Federal and Utilities Retail practices. She spent her most recent years there helping clients improve their digital customer experience to drive DER participation. She also developed strategies to enable deeper analytics capabilities for her clients.

In addition to her MBA candidacy, Julie is pursuing a certificate in Energy Policy and is also a research assistant at UPenn's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. She spent her summer with LinkedIn's Sustainability team.

 

DEBORAH ASUQUO

Energy Conference Co-Chair

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Deborah holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Igbinedion University in Nigeria and a MPhil in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Prior to Wharton, Deborah worked at Transocean as a subsea engineer. 

Deborah spent her summer with Boston Consulting Group’s Energy Practice in Houston, TX.

 

ANDRE MARCARIAN

VP, Knowledge and Development

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Andre worked at Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations consulting practice, primarily working on strategy engagements across multiple industries. His projects include analyzing a Fortune 10 retailer's energy footprint to identify $60M+ in cost saving opportunities and preparing the financial model buildout to raise Series B funding for a biotech firm. He spent his summer at Marathon Capital, an investment bank focused on the renewable energy and infrastructure space.

Andre received his BA in Business Economics from UCLA and enjoys piano composing (classically trained but would like to pursue jazz), martial arts, and meditation.

 

THOMAS WITMER

VP, Knowledge and Development

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Prior to Wharton, Thomas worked for a summer at Tesla in the supply chain division. Before this, Thomas worked as a Consultant at EnSys Energy, a specialized consultancy focusing on petroleum market analysis. Throughout his time there, he worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Commodities Futures and Trading Commission, OPEC, and European Commission, as well as various supermajor oil companies.

Thomas spent his summer at Strategy& (Deals Strategy practice) in Houston, Texas. He earned degrees in industrial engineering and finance from Lehigh University.
 

 

LAURA AMELIA PETTINELLI

VP, Community

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Prior to Wharton, Laura worked at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the investor-State arbitration arm of The World Bank Group. While at ICSID, Laura covered over 55 cases concerning direct and indirect expropriation, unfair or inequitable treatment of energy, industrial, financial, and real estate investments in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Laura spent her summer with Credit Suisse's Global Industrials Group in NYC. As a dual-degree candidate, Laura was previously also a Summer Associate at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in the Office of the Corporate Secretary and the Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement group. She was also a Summer Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, working with the Project Finance and Corporate groups. 
 
Laura earned her B.A. in Latin American & Hemispheric Studies and in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. In addition to her MBA, she is also pursuing a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

 

BRYAN HOM

VP, Careers

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Prior to Wharton, Bryan was an Assistant Vice President at EIG Global Energy Partners (AUM: $18 billion), where he focused on private equity investments in the Power & Renewables sector in the U.S. and Latin America. In addition to his main work with EIG's equity funds, Bryan also helped to build out the firm's credit investment efforts. Bryan worked at EIG for almost 4 years, receiving a direct promotion from Associate.

Bryan spent his summer at CPP Investment Board as a member of their Energy & Resources direct private equity group (AUM: $9 billion), where he focused on private equity investments in the midstream sector.

Bryan earned his BBA with Distinction in Business and Economics from Emory University.

 

ISABELLE JI

VP, Careers

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Isabelle holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to Wharton, Isabelle was a Manager in Accenture's Industry X.0 practice, where she led a variety of business development and delivery efforts in North America and Asia to digitally transform clients' businesses through intelligent and connected technologies such as Energy Smart Building Solutions.

During her first year at Wharton, she worked at Repower Group, a firm providing financing and Analytics-as-a-Service for the electric vehicle ecosystem.

Isabelle spent her summer at Tesla's Energy division, leading initiatives to drive cost optimization and mitigate supply chain risks for the photovoltaic and energy storage businesses.

 

ERIC MEYER

VP, Alumni and External Affairs

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Prior to Wharton, Eric worked at an activist hedge fund, ValueAct Capital (AUM: $15 billion), where he focused on oil & gas investments as well as industrial and transportation companies. Eric started his career as a business analyst with McKinsey & Company in the Silicon Valley office. 

Eric spent his summer at private equity firm, Tinicum Incorporated ($1.6 billion fund), where he will focus on the industrial sector. Eric also spent a portion of his summer at growth equity firm Activate Capital ($250 million fund). Activate looks for high-growth companies in one of three sectors: clean energy, mobility, and intelligent industry.

Eric earned his BS in Chemistry from Yale University.

 

KARL CHAN

VP, Alumni and External Affairs

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Prior to Wharton, Karl was a management consultant at Monitor Deloitte in Hong Kong, advising clients on strategic and operational topics across industrial, consumer, logistics, and energy businesses.

Karl spent his summer in two emerging market growth equity and impact investing firms. He first worked in Washington D.C. for D. Capital (now known as Volta Capital) within the Dalberg Group, providing investment management and advisory services to clients ranging from development finance institutions, asset managers, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals.

Karl then interned in New York at Partners Group for its PG Impact Investments fund, where he led the due diligence and valuation of multiple private equity, debt, and mezzanine investments.

Karl earned his BBA in Accounting & Finance from the University of Hong Kong.

 

STEPHEN CARROLL

Treasurer and VP, Communications

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Prior to Wharton, Stephen was a private equity associate at Pine Brook Partners in New York, where he invested in North American upstream, midstream, and downstream energy businesses. Prior to Pine Brook, Stephen was an analyst in the Natural Resources Investment Banking group at Barclays.

Stephen spent his summer at Microsoft in Seattle, where he helped set performance metrics and targets for senior leadership.

Stephen earned his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.