• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024
  • About

Bill Brown

8 Rivers

Founder, Executive Chairperson & CTO

Bill Brown is an American entrepreneur, banker, lawyer, educator, and the co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC and NET Power, LLC. He is the Executive Chair and CTO of 8 Rivers, which develops and deploys sustainable, infrastructure-scale solutions to achieve net-zero emissions. He is also Strategic Adviser to the United States Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he helps build large-scale partnerships to transform energy economies across the globe. Previously, he was professor and senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law; a leader in the sales and trading areas of Morgan Stanley, AIG International, and Goldman Sachs; and a law partner at Sidley Austin. He serves on the Sustainable Markets Initiative of the Prince of Wales, Duke University School of Law Board of Visitors, and the President's Council for Resources for the Future. Brown earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Juris Doctor from Duke Law School, where he sat on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal.  

Sessions With Bill Brown

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 05:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 06:15 pm

    8 Rivers | Learning from Today’s Tech Winner’s to Predict Tomorrow’s Net Zero Winners

    Warren Buffet, in his 2021 Shareholders’ Meeting, pointed out that none of the top 20 companies from 30 years ago were in the top 20 today. Join OGCI’s Bob Dudley and 8 Rivers’ Bill Brown as they try to answer Buffett’s follow-on challenge to identify the top 20 companies of 2050, with special focus on the Net Zero winners. In this discussion-style session, Bill and Bob will draw examples from the most successful tech and energy companies of today and history to reveal the strategies for predicting those winners. By attending, you'll gain critical insights into the factors that will shape the future of the energy industry, and how to position your organization for long-term success. 
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 08:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 09:00 pm

    Hydrogen Technology: What is the cutting edge?

    Hydrogen technology is more than electrolyzers and methane reformers. A rainbow of production methods exists beyond green and blue, as well as a variety of end uses. From creating hydrogen using LEDs to powering engines with the lightest element, this panel maps out the frontier of cutting-edge hydrogen technologies.