• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Brendon Steele

Future 500


Brendon is a natural bridge builder. Growing up with one foot in the progressive San Francisco Bay Area and the other in a conservative oil family, he’s been finding common ground in uncommon places his entire life. An interdisciplinary guru, he can speak the language of a variety of disciplines and translate between them. Brendon is Future 500’s resident expert on all things energy and climate. He’s also known as the office’s Human Wikipedia, quick with the facts on everything from military history to skincare. His favorite thing about working for Future 500 is being exposed to the inner workings of vastly different organizations. From Fortune 500 boardrooms to the front lines of advocacy campaigns, he loves peeling back the layers and observing how people from different perspectives see the world and make decisions. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University. His home base is San Francisco, where you can find him enjoying good food, Civil War documentaries, and Star Trek – lots of Star Trek.

Sessions With Brendon Steele

Monday, 6 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:00pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 09:30 pm - 06/mar/2023 10:00 pm

    Climate Advocates and the Energy Industry: Constructive dialogue on solutions amid polarization

    Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    With the energy industry and climate advocates seeming to be increasingly at odds over the environment and climate priorities, is there still room for constructive engagement? What makes the “other side” tick, and why do they approach problems “that way?” Leading influencers from across the NGO, ESG investor and energy industry spectrum will share their approach to the energy transition, and explore questions, including what do climate advocates, leaders and investors really want? Can we bridge the gap between the priorities of executives, donors and investors? How can stakeholders engage constructively to align on an orderly energy transition?