Mario Azar

Black & Veatch

President, Global Power Business

Mario Azar is a 30-plus-year energy industry veteran. Azar leads all aspects of the Black & Veatch Power business, including strategy, business development, project execution, operations, workforce planning, and organizational capability and effectiveness. He also serves on the company’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Azar held several other diverse energy positions, including being the founder of ALP Citadel Business Management Consulting & Services, where he offered strategic guidance to companies in the global energy market. He also served as CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine, an engineered solutions and integration business unit operating globally in over 21 countries. Azar has also served in other senior level positions during his career at Siemens and previously Westinghouse. His decades of global leadership experience in the power and oil and gas markets position him to help clients adapt to the transformational shifts impacting the production, delivery and storage of electricity as he works with a team of thousands of Black & Veatch professionals to build the new, innovative and more efficient energy infrastructure of the future. Azar also serves as a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Azar became president of Black & Veatch’s Power business in December 2018.

Sessions With Mario Azar

Thursday, 4 March

  • 10:55am - 11:25am (CST) / 04/mar/2021 04:55 pm - 04/mar/2021 05:25 pm

    Plenary

    Scaling New Heights: Reimagining the energy transition for power

    Panel Power & Renewables Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Decarbonization Pathways
    While many uncertainties underlie the future path of the energy system, the role of electricity will increase significantly, driven by the push to decarbonize the global economy. At the same time, the technical infrastructure enabling a much more decentralized and electrified energy system is scaling up fast, driven by rapidly falling costs of renewable power generation, storage, and digital solutions. As a result, new power capacity additions will be dominated by solar and wind, but other sources of generation will have to be deployed along with storage and grid reinforcements to cope with demand growth, enable high renewables penetration, and ensure power systems’ resilience. What pathways could power systems take as they transition to a net-zero carbon world where as much as 60% of final energy consumption could come from electricity?