Machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data technologies are providing unprecedented transparency on energy markets in near realtime and are increasingly used to optimize operations and enhance analysis and predictions of the energy industry. Various companies are currently exploring or have aleady adopted such tools for added value information to help guide decision making in the industry. Please join us in this session to learn how disruptive technologies are changing the energy sector with examples from some companies pioneering in this area.


Antoine Halff

Antoine Halff is chief analyst and founding partner of Kayrros, a leader in the use of satellite imagery combined with other large data sets to create global insights. He is also adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.

Earlier, he served as chief oil analyst of the International Energy Agency in Paris, lead industry economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, head of commodities research at Newedge, and director of the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group, among others.

President Bill Clinton called his book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, "a must-read for anyone serious about creating meaningful solutions to end poverty."

Mr. Halff holds an advanced degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Masters from Université Paris VII.

Michael Recce

Michael Recce is Managing Director and Chief Data Scientist at Neuberger Berman. He joined the firm in 2017. Michael is building a new data science team that will leverage large, unstructured, novel data to evaluate the health of business. The primary, initial focus for the data science team is international equities. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Michael held a similar role at GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and at Point72 Asset Management.

Before transitioning into the investment industry, Michael was a university professor for over twenty years, and helped set up and manage two successful start-up companies. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and a BS in Physics from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Peter Hahn

Peter Hahn is Co-Founder of Bridgeton Research Group, a company that helps institutional risk-takers, risk-managers, analysts and execution traders adapt to evolving market conditions with its quantitative research, alternative data and algorithmic strategy development services.

Peter has 28 years of experience with commodity and currency portfolio management, fundamental research, cross-market trading strategy development, exotic derivatives structuring and commodity index development and marketing. He has held senior positions at Macquarie Bank, Morgan Stanley, BTG Pactual and Cargill.

At Bridgeton, Peter is responsible for quantamental strategy development, which is the combination of fundamental and quantitative research to help clients make better-formed, data-driven trading decisions, across commodity sectors and other major asset classes. In addition, Peter is responsible for business development. Bridgeton’s clients include macro funds, commodity specialist funds, family offices, corporate hedgers and commodity merchants and processors.

Peter attended HBS Executive Education and received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.


Katherine Spector

Katherine Spector is a Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and an independent consultant on energy markets and energy policy, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas. She is a longtime energy market analyst, having spent the past fifteen years producing thought-leading research at major banks. The bulk of her career was spent leading energy strategy and research for the commodity derivatives sales and trading desks at CIBC World Markets, JPMorgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank, all based in New York. Ms. Spector was responsible for the banks' energy price forecasts and market views, and she produced analysis of global energy supply-demand fundamentals, financial positioning, and market-moving geopolitics. Her work supported bank traders and originators in all major regions, and clients ranged from oil and gas companies, to institutional investors, to representatives of US and international government.

Prior to her work on Wall Street, Ms. Spector worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group and as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and held term membership at the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum, an educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge about energy issues, and serves as an advisory committee member for environmental non-profit Scenic Hudson. She has appeared regularly in print and television media on a wide range of energy issues.

Ms. Spector graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petro-states, and implications for democratization.


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