Advisory Board


Ed Ahnert

Ed Ahnert

Former President, ExxonMobil Education Foundation

Edward (Ed) Ahnert is a retired ExxonMobil executive. He was President of the ExxonMobil Foundation and head of first Exxon’s and then ExxonMobil’s corporate philanthropy (1990-2005).

Vikas Bharathwaaj

Vikas Bharathwaaj

Vice President, Morgan Stanley Natural Resources Group

Vikas Bharathwaaj is a Vice President in the Natural Resources Investment Banking Group based in New York.

Dan Domeracki

Dan Domeracki

Vice President, Schlumberger

Dan Domeracki serves as the Vice President, Government and Industry Relations for Schlumberger Limited.

David Fountain

David Fountain

North Carolina President, Duke Energy

David Fountain is the North Carolina President of Duke Energy, serving approximately 3.2 million electric retail customers.

Thomas Foust

Thomas Foust

Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Bioenergy Center

Dr. Thomas Foust is the Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Bioenergy Center (NBC). 

Steve Newby

Steve Newby

CEO, Summit Midstream

Mr. Newby is the Founder, President & CEO of Summit Midstream and a member of the Board of Directors of Summit Midstream Partners, LP and Summit Midstream Partners, LLC.

Chris Ross

Chris Ross

Energy Consulting

Chris Ross began his career in 1966 with BP in London, culminating as part of a small think tank reporting to the Main Board addressing looming issues of nationalization in the Middle East and Africa.

Paula Sims

Paula Sims

Former Senior Executive, GE, Progress Energy and Duke Power

Paula Sims has 29 years of corporate experience in leading and managing in areas of mergers, business development, operations, supply chain, IT and change management. 

Sherri Steuwer

Sherri Steuwer

Vice President, ExxonMobil

Sherri Steuwer retired in 2012 after 36 years with Exxon Mobil Corporation. In her final assignments she was vice president for safety, health & environment and vice president for environmental policy & planning. 

Energy at Kenan-Flagler

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center promotes sound public policy through balanced programming, research, and career placement across the energy value chain. The Center strives to advances sound, conscientious, and innovative leadership in the energy space through comprehensive programming for UNC Kenan-Flagler students.

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