Lord John Browne of Madingley

Chairman, BeyondNetZero

Managing Director, General Atlantic

Lord Browne is Chairman of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity fund established in partnership with General Atlantic. He served as Group Chief Executive of international energy company BP from 1995 to 2007, having joined the company in 1966 as a university apprentice. He led BP through a period of significant growth and transformation, including a merger with Amoco in 1998. His landmark speech at Stanford University in 1997 established BP as a global leader in the way it thought about and sought to address climate change. In 2007, Lord Browne joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. Lord Browne is independent co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chiarman of the Francis Crick Institute, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Sessions With Lord John Browne of Madingley

Monday, 6 March

  • 04:50pm - 05:20pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 10:50 pm - 06/mar/2023 11:20 pm
  • 07:30pm - 09:00pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 01:30 am - 07/mar/2023 03:00 am

    Capitalizing the Energy Transition

    Traditional investing frameworks position venture capital investors at the opposite end of the risk capital spectrum from large, established industrial firms. But with the venture capital sector maturing and climate venture capital increasingly taking industrial-scale deployment risk, industrial firms with decades or even centuries of experience serving energy markets find themselves facing a new breed of disruptive competitors. Leaders at industrial firms have responded to a disruptive era with an innovative capital mindset, betting their firms’ futures on new technologies and new markets in ways that echo traditional venture capital. In this newly dynamic moment for energy transition capital, groundbreaking capital allocators discuss remaking a “steel in the ground” industry at a digital pace.