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James Rogers, Guest Speaker



Jim Rogers is a journalist, lawyer, CEO, author and philanthropist. He currently is a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University. He was most recently CEO at Duke Energy and served as a CEO for almost 25 years in the electric utility industry. He led a series of mergers and acquisitions culminating in the creation of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the US. His companies also owned and/or operated assets in 17 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Central and Latin America. Jim has served on the boards of eight Fortune 500 companies. He currently is on the boards of the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, and The Nature Conservancy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, among others. In 2015, he authored “Lighting the World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity To Everyone,” in which he advocates for bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion rural poor through off-grid, primarily renewable solutions. He is a co-founder of the Global Brightlight Foundation, which delivers solar-powered lanterns capable of charging cell phones to rural communities around the world.  He is co-teaching a groundbreaking graduate seminar entitled “Renewables and the World’s Poor” at Duke University.  In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “the 50 Most Powerful People in the World.” 




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