Advanced Carbon Utilization


Dr. Daniel Yergin
Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates

Dr. Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on international politics, economics and energy. Dr. Yergin is a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the United States Energy Award for "lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding." He is a world-recognized author and business leader, serving as Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). With 200 employees around the world, CERA is one of the world’s leading consulting and research firms in its field.

Dr. Yergin’s latest book, The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, co-written with Joseph Stanislaw, has received wide attention for its analysis and narrative of how the "world is changing its mind about markets and government." The Wall Street Journal said, "No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since Work War II." It has been translated into 13 languages. Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, which became a #1 national best seller and was made into an eight-hour PBS/BBC series seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book has been translated into 12 languages.

Dr. Yergin is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Committee on Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Board of the United States Energy Association and a Member of the National Petroleum Council. He is also a Member of the United States Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board and chaired the United States Department of Energy's Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a Director of the US-Russian Business Council, the Atlantic Partnership and the New America Foundation.

Dr. Yergin received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has taught at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

N. J. Nicholas, Jr.

N.J. Nicholas joined Time, Inc. in 1964 and held a number of executive positions during his 30-year career with the company. He was named President of Time in 1986 and served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner until February 1992. Mr. Nicholas is a director of the Boston Scientific Corporation, Xerox Corporation and Time Warner Cable. He has served as a member of the board of Turner Broadcasting, Bankers Trust Company, Priceline, the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality. Mr. Nicholas previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Environmental Defense and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Nicholas graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover, MA. He received an AB in Economics from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Kevin McMahon
Retired Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Kevin McMahon has over 40 years of experience in patent litigation, licensing, preparation and prosecution. He co-founded Weil, Gotshal and Manges’ patent litigation and counseling group, where he represented companies such as ExxonMobil, Pirelli, NMB Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Ingenix (a subsidiary of United Healthcare) and others in patent infringement litigation. At WG&M, Mr. McMahon represented clients in patent interferences and oppositions before the US and European patent offices, and in intellectual property aspects of major corporate transactions. His practice included counseling clients on patent validity, enforceability and infringement issues and on patent enforcement and licensing strategies.

Before joining WG&M, Mr. McMahon was a partner in a New York patent boutique law firm where he counseled corporate clients on patent infringement and validity issues and represented them in license negotiations and other transactions. He practiced in ex-parte and contested matters before the US and foreign patent offices.

Previously, Mr. McMahon was Chief Patent Counsel of Schlumberger Limited, where he headed a 30-lawyer Patent Department responsible for matters concerning the development, acquisition, protection, licensing, enforcement and use of technology and intellectual property rights for worldwide companies engaged in the oilfield services, semiconductor, electronic instrumentation and computer-aided design/manufacturing industries.

Following his graduation from law school, Mr. McMahon was a patent attorney at Ing. C. Olivetti & C. SpA in Italy and became Patent Counsel of its US operating company, where he initiated a successful program for licensing Italian-developed manufacturing technology to companies in the US.

Mr. McMahon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He earned his JD degree at Georgetown University.