Bob Stout is a Senior Fellow with Future 500, a non-profit consultancy focused on building relationships and trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists: https://www.future500.org. He is also a Senior Fellow (non-resident) with the Duke Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and helps lead their Energy Pathways USA program: https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/project/energy-pathways-usa. Bob advises a variety of businesses and institutions on the development and implementation of effective and enduring policies to promote secure, affordable and lower emissions energy solutions, including by leveraging the ingenuity and operational expertise of the private sector. He has been actively engaged for nearly ten years in advocating for policies to drive down GHG emissions across the natural gas value chain by using advanced technologies for detection, measurement and mitigation, collaborating closely with government officials, ENGOs and industry stakeholders. He currently sits on the Coordinating Subcommittee for the National Petroleum Council’s ongoing study of GHG emissions pathways for natural gas, representing Trammell Crow and EarthX. Bob spent nearly three decades as a lawyer and executive with bp, most recently as the VP and Head of US policy and regulatory affairs in bp’s Washington office from 2013-20. Before that, he served as bp’s global Associate General Counsel for environmental, health, and safety and led bp’s environmental legal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Bob began his career as an associate and equity partner in the litigation department of Latham & Watkins, after serving as a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from Ohio University and his J.D. Order of the Coif, from Northwestern Law School.