Alumni Networking Coffee Chats

Wednesday March 22, 2023 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Kleinman Center Forum Fisher Fine Arts Building, 4th Floor
220 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia , PA 19104

(This event is by invite only and only available to students)

These Coffee Chats will be an invaluable opportunity for students to meet and learn from high-level energy professionals and discuss how young professionals can prepare for a successful career in the energy sector. Coffee Hosts will meet with a small group of up to six pre-selected students who will have signed up to meet with specific hosts based on career interest.

Students should submit a proposed question in advance to be addressed. Please indicate your alumnus interest using this form. Elected students will receive confirmation emails with further details, with up to six students will be selected for each Coffee Chat Host. Forms will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Following these invite-only coffee chats, the alumni will be joining for an alumni career panel at 5:00, which is open to all attendees.

Alumni Panelists:

Donald Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, NiSource
Emily Duncan, Senior VP of Federal Affairs, American Electric Power
Brian Menell, Principal, Kemet Group
Sarene Marshall, Chief Sustainability Officer, Galway Sustainable Capital
Badar Khan, Director, EVgo


Donald Brown

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Donald Brown is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at NiSource. He has overall responsibility for NiSource’s finance and accounting organizations. Previously, Brown was Executive Vice President, Finance for NiSource, a role he assumed upon joining the company in 2015. Brown has more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles in the regulated utility and consulting industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Emily Duncan

Senior VP of Federal Affairs

American Electric Power

Emily Duncan is the senior vice president of federal affairs at American Electric Power, where she is responsible for managing relationships with federal government officials, members of Congress, various federal regulatory agencies, and industry trade groups. Prior to this, Duncan was vice president of government relations at National Grid, an electric and natural gas transmission and distribution utility. She has worked as the director of government affairs and counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association and was an energy attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP in Washington, D.C., where she represented various utilities and development companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Duncan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from Duke University. She is a member of the Kleinman Center Advisory Board.

Brian Menell

Chairman and CEO

TechMet Ltd

Brian Menell is Chairman and CEO of TechMet Ltd, and sits on the boards of a number of TechMet’s investee companies, including Trinity Metals, US Vanadium, Brazilian Nickel and TechMet-Mercuria. Menell is also Principal of the Kemet Group. He was educated in the UK and later graduated in Political Science & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarene Marshall

Chief Sustainability Officer

Galway Sustainable Capital

Sarene Marshall is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Galway Sustainable Capital (GSC), where she is responsible for evaluating environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) risks and impacts of Galway investments as well as measuring, reporting on, and improving sustainability performance of Galway’s portfolio. Galway is a private equity-backed specialty finance company committed to accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy via investments in growth businesses in renewable and distributed energy, green, healthy and affordable buildings, transportation, goods and services, food, land and water, and carbon and its equivalents.

Before Galway, her career involved roles at the Inter-American Development Bank, Urban Land Institute, the Nature Conservancy, Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), and World Wildlife Fund. Her focus has included climate change mitigation and resilience, corporate sustainability through emissions reductions, renewable energy, and zero-waste initiatives, as well as strategic planning, change management, and globalization. Since 2020, she has been an adjunct professor in the Masters of Sustainability and Energy program at Northwestern University.

Ms. Marshall holds an MBA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Lauder Institute and a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Having lived and worked extensively in Latin America, she is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Badar Khan

Board Director, EVgo & CRH; Senior Advisor, Global Infrastructure Partners

Badar Khan brings over 25 years of experience in the energy sector, most recently as President of National Grid USA, a utility that provides energy and clean energy solutions to over 20 million people in the northeast US.  He previously worked at Centrica plc for 14 years, including as CEO of Direct Energy, the company’s North American subsidiary. He is currently a Senior Advisor with Global Infrastructure Partners, one of the world’s largest independent infrastructure investors, and serves on the Boards of CRH plc, the largest building materials company in the world, and EVGo, Inc, the largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles in the US.  He is also an investor & board member with two early stage and growth equity venture funds.  He has a degree in engineering from Brunel University in London and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.