Robert M. Cutler
Robert joined CERI in October 2016. He holds two Bachelor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. (Political Science) from The University of Michigan. He did graduate and postdoctoral work in France, Russia and Switzerland. His professional experience in over 30 countries concentrates mainly in Europe and Asia.
After a dozen years in universities during which he focussed on Soviet foreign and domestic affairs, he decided, in the post-Soviet era, to expand beyond Russia and beyond strictly political issues. He is now best known for consulting and policy analysis as an Energy Security and Geo-economics Specialist. From this standpoint, he has studied oil and gas investment and pipeline projects in Central Asia, Turkey and the Caucasus, and written on European energy policies as well as on global commodity markets.
He consults to international institutions, think tanks, governments and the private sector; participates in political and project risk analysis, organizational design and the construction of negotiation strategies; and, based in Montreal and Brussels, also maintains a research appointment at Carleton University.
Ganesh Doluweera has a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering, economics, and public policy. His primary research interests are in energy system modeling and analysis to inform energy and environment decisions. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Energy and Environmental Systems from the University of Calgary in 2011. His research work to date has focused on electric power system planning, large scale wind power integration, carbon management of electric power systems, energy for rural development, life cycle assessments of energy systems, investments on energy infrastructure under uncertainty, emerging technology assessment, and energy infrastructure siting decisions.
Before joining CERI in June 2015, Ganesh has worked at the University of Calgary as a graduate research assistant and a postdoctoral research fellow. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in energy and environmental systems at the University of Calgary. He has also worked with Light Up The World where he designed and developed solid state home lighting systems and coordinated projects that installed over 3000 rural home lighting systems in Sir Lanka.
Hossein Hosseini holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran and a master's degree in economics from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. Hossein is currently a PhD candidate at the department of economics, University of Calgary. His fields of interest are energy economics, natural resources and international trade.
Prior to joining CERI, Hossein was a graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Calgary. As part of his research, he has had two theoretical papers on economic growth effects of the intellectual property rights and the up/downstream biased technological change in natural resources sector. Hossein has also empirical works such as the macroeconomic impacts of removing energy subsidies using the input-output tables and estimating the rate of investment-specific technological change at Iranian industries.
Peter Howard is past President and CEO of CERI from 2010 until 2015.
Mr. Howard has over 40 years of experience specializing in engineering and technical applications in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CERI, Peter held several positions, including senior associate with J.R. Lacey International, president of Arundel Information Systems, partner with LOGIS Data Systems Ltd., and vice president with Computer Research Associates Ltd. Mr. Howard is a co-author of the Gas Energy Management Model, the LOGIS data retrieval system and has acted in a consulting role for numerous companies with regard to computer modeling, data mining and computer application development.
Mr. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.
Laura Johnson has been with CERI since September 2015. She has an interdisciplinary background, with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the University of Waterloo and a master's degree in Public Policy with the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. Laura has experience in the lab setting, manufacturing sector, intellectual property and instrumentation for Alberta's energy sector. Her graduate degree focused on energy policy with her Capstone Project assessing Canadian regulation of the nuclear energy industry.
Before joining CERI, Laura was a student at the School of Public Policy and was employed as a research assistant where she examined the use and misuse of the phrase "social license", particularly as applied to Canadian Energy projects. Most recently she was employed with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy as a graduate intern.
Larry Kaufmann is a Senior Advisor to Pacific Economics Group and Navigant Consulting and a Fellow with CERI. He has advised utilities and regulators on energy and regulatory issues for over 20 years, particularly (but not exclusively) on developing performance-based regulation plans for energy utilities, performance benchmarking, and competitive market reforms. He has participated in more than 200 consulting projects and provided expert witness testimony on his work 48 times.
Dr. Kaufmann also has extensive energy and regulatory experience in Canada. Since 2007, he has been the main advisor on a number of issues to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). He has advised the OEB on issues including the development of incentive regulation plans for electricity and gas distributors, the measurement and regulation of service reliability, cost and performance benchmarking, conservation and demand management programs, and rate mitigation strategies.
In addition to his work in North America, Dr. Kaufmann has been active in energy regulation overseas. He has worked in 14 different countries during his career in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Australia – New Zealand. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Karen Mascarenhas joined CERI in April 2015 as an Economist/Researcher. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University, Texas, and a Master's degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. At SFU, she worked as a Research Associate in the Energy Material's Research Group. Karen previously worked in electricity trading, risk analysis and finance sectors in Houston, Texas for several years before moving to Vancouver for graduate school.
Prior to joining CERI, Karen worked as an Economist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Vancouver. She possesses a strong interdisciplinary background, and experience which includes business, economics, sustainability and public policy. Last year, she completed a project on Carbon Capture and Storage technology as a climate mitigation measure for Alberta, for the Carbon Management Canada Institute in Calgary.
Faezeh Mosallat holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering-Thermofluids. Since 2011, she has been working as a research assistant at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba through which she has developed knowledge of concentrated solar trough technology in Canadian off-grid communities. She also has several years of industrial experience as a Mechanical Engineer in energy consulting and power industry sector.
Faezeh has experience in concentrated solar trough facility installation, commissioning, and performance assessment, concentrated solar CHP for Canadian off-grid communities, steam power plants repowering, heat exchanger design, and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) design. She has recently completed a project on economic assessment of combined heat and power generation using concentrated photovoltaic for Manitoba remote communities.
Experience Nduagu, PhD.
Experience Nduagu has over 8 years’ experience in developing energy and climate solutions, and assessing process energy, economic and life cycle environmental performance of the oil and gas, power and mineral processing industries. Contributions of his work include a process that accelerates CO2 sequestration in mineral rocks via closed-loop process and natural gas decarbonisation applied to bitumen extraction from oil sands – a system that generates hydrogen, steam or electricity without CO2 emissions. Experience has a strong multidisciplinary background in experimentation, process engineering, performance and economic assessment, energy/environmental sustainability analysis and policy analysis.
Before joining CERI, Experience worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, a sessional instructor and a visiting PhD student at the University of Calgary. He also worked with Carbon Engineering Limited as a Research Engineer-in-Training and as an intern at Port Harcourt Refinery Limited, Nigeria. Between 2005 and 2007, Experience worked as a program officer at the Pan African Development Education and Advocacy Program, Nigeria where he was recognized by the United Nations Millennium Campaign for mobilizing more than 16000 people to Stand Up Against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals in a single event.
Experience holds a B.Eng. from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria, and an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Åbo Akademi University, Finland, all in chemical engineering.
Andrew joined CERI in September 2016. Andrew has extensive experience in the oil & gas industry with international joint projects, where he held senior management positions. He has also worked as a management consultant in various industries and as a deputy managing director for an NGO working in leadership development.
He possesses a strong interdisciplinary background which includes energy, business, strategy, economics and sustainable development. In parallel with leading projects, he has been involved in economics and technology research on business and country level including works in regional energy development, project economic modelling, technology gap analysis and economic growth models.
Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Institute of Sustainable Development, Russia, a program focused at management, economics and politics. He is also a graduate of Petroleum Engineering Program with Gubkin State University of Oil & Gas, Russia and Executive Leadership Program with Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Alpha Sow joined CERI in April 2016. He holds a BSc. in Business Management from Montpellier University in France and MSc. in International Economic and Finance from the University of Bordeaux. Alpha has developed a multidisciplinary experience, having worked as an Investment Analyst in fixed income and as an Innovation Market Analyst for a startup incubator, focusing on economic analysis, finance and risk assessment of product and services in various industries.
Prior to joining CERI, Alpha worked as a contractor for Innovate Calgary where he developed detailed cost structure models for oil production in Alberta’s reservoirs (Athabasca, Peace River, Cold Lake) and assessed the sensitivity of supply cost to the most promising emerging technologies in the market. As part of the market analyst team, He performed a market analysis of Alberta’s new energy technology companies, their economic profile and major challenges.
Evar Umeozor joined CERI in March 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Lagos and a master’s degree in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London. He has a process engineering experience in the oil & gas industry and application engineering experience in the development of tools for computer-aided decision making in various industries.
Evar is currently a full time PhD student with interdisciplinary specialization in Energy and Environment Engineering at the University of Calgary, and works as a part time researcher with CERI. He has a strong background in the application of systems-level thinking for tackling complex industrial problems.
Anjali Varma has been working with CERI since May 2016. She brings more than 20 years of practical experience in fundraising, promoting and marketing, and stakeholder relations. She founded Sustainable Ventures Inc and has been responsible for attracting over $300M into cleantech, environmental and energy companies/non-profits.
Anjali has demonstrated abilities as evidenced by her solid track record, in assessing gaps in business plans, applying best practices, developing action plans and measurement/tracking progress for clients. She carries skills and experience from all aspects of sustainability including assessing markets, cutting edge technology evaluation, economic viability, policy development, strategic communication, change management, public interest issues management, capacity building, partnerships, engagement and collaboration, tracking and measurement of results/ impacts, and developing cost effective tracking systems.
Anjali holds an MSc. (DIC) in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College, University of London. She also obtained a BSc. in Environmental Sciences as a Canada scholar from Carleton University.
Anna Vypovska has over 10 years of extensive research and industry experience in environmental science, biology, environmental chemistry and environmental impact analysis. She holds a BSc. degree in Chemistry and Biology, and MSc. in Biology from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, along with PhD (equivalent) in Biological Sciences. Anna is a registered Professional Biologist (P.Biol.), full member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists.
Prior to joining CERI in August 2016, Anna worked as an Environmental Scientist at TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M HILL Energy Canada. She acted as a principal writer for key portions of environmental impact assessments on provincially regulated natural gas pipeline and powerline projects for Alberta and British Columbia. Anna has advanced knowledge of federal and provincial (Alberta and British Columbia) environmental legislation with a focus on regulatory processes for the resource development and energy sectors.