BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Institute is served by a diverse Board of Directors, who represent disciplines ranging from physics, corporate finance, investment management and public policy. All share a deep commitment to protecting our environment and supporting human society through careful stewardship of our precious natural resources.

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Jan-Pieter Oosterom

President of the Board & Co-chairman of the Advisory Board

Jan-Pieter (JP) Oosterom is a board level advisor for energy companies on corporate transformations. He has 18 years of experience at Royal Dutch Shell plc in executive roles across its businesses in Europe, Asia and North America. Most recently as co-head of Downstream transformation, driving thousands of structural efficiency improvement tactics from across Shell’s $300bln Downstream business to implementation. JP is driven by finding ways to sustainably transform large corporations a lot faster and also enhancing investment decision making to better navigate the energy transition.

JP has extensive experience in corporate transformations and corporate investment decision making through roles as finance director on executive leadership teams, transformation leader, head of planning and reporting and as senior manager Mergers & Acquisitions. He is a Fellow with CPA Australia and holds an MSc in Accounting & Finance, studying at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the London School of Economics.

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Patrick Kent

Director of the Board

Patrick is the lead portfolio manager for the US Opportunistic Equity strategies and head of the Small Mid Cap Equity Research team.

Most recently, Patrick was a portfolio manager at Wellington where he co-managed the firm’s global all-cap impact investing strategy, which paired top-down thematic research with bottom-up stock selection and focused on positive social and environmental impact. Prior to Wellington, Patrick worked as an equity analyst with Alydar Capital, CR Intrinsic Investors and Schroders. He also spent four years with The Boston Company, a predecessor firm of Mellon, on the Opportunistic Value team.

Patrick earned an MBA from Babson College – Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. He holds the CFA® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Boston. He also holds the Chartered Market Technician designation and is a member of the CMT Association.

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Phil Metz

Vice President of the Board

As Vice President of the BioPhysical Economics Institute, Phil Metz is focused on developing and applying scientifically-grounded tools for advancing sustainability and mitigating climate change.  Phil is an expert across a range of energy markets including building energy systems, photovoltaics, and other renewables, energy storage, and electric utility / grid-scale energy systems. Phil’s professional experience includes VP-level marketing and sales leadership roles with revenue and P/L responsibility, Director-level management consulting on technological innovation and business strategy, and a stint as a Project Drawdown Research Fellow. Phil holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and MBA in marketing.  He is an avid road biker. 

What BPEI’s work means to me

BPEI’s mission statement says it all: “Bringing the natural sciences into economic analysis and decision-making.” I am deeply committed to advancing environmental sustainability.  Unchecked, our “business-as-usual” fossil-fueled economy will lead to ecological disaster.  But not any “green” solutions will change this outcome. We need the right economic models and tools to make the right decisions. Unfortunately, “mainstream” neoclassical economics, which as practiced today violates established laws of biology and physics, cannot provide these tools. And without them we are blind. So, to me, no challenge is more important than accomplishing BPEI’s mission of incorporating the natural sciences into the practice of economic analysis and decision-making for businesses, for governments, and throughout our society. 

PHIL METZ
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Prof. Steven Keen

Director of the Board & Co-chairman of the Advisory Board

Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security at University College London (https://www.isrs.org.uk/).

Specialist in complex systems modelling in economics, especially of Hyman Minsky’s Financial Instability Hypothesis. Publications on nonequilibrium macroeconomics, environmental economics, the role of energy in production, critiques of Neoclassical and Marxian economics, monetary dynamics, empirical data on causes of financial crises,  and economic methodology (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hbcdga0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra).

Crowdfunded via Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ProfSteveKeen.

Author of Debunking Economics (https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/debunking-economics/) and Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? (https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Can+We+Avoid+Another+Financial+Crisis%3F-p-9781509513727).

Developer of the Open Source system dynamics program Minsky (https://sourceforge.net/projects/minsky/).

Winner of the Revere Award (https://rwer.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/keen-roubini-and-baker-win-revere-award-for-economics-2/) from the Real World Economics Review (https://rwer.wordpress.com/) for being the economist “who first and most clearly anticipated and gave public warning of the Global Financial Collapse and whose work is most likely to prevent another GFC in the future.”

Previously Professor of Economics at Kingston University London UK (2014-2018) and University of Western Sydney, Australia (2007-2013).

PROF. STEVEN KEEN
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Karen Parker Feld

Treasurer of the Board

Karen Parker Feld is the founder and Chief Executive of Paladin Advisors, a registered investment advisor based in Kensington, New Hampshire. Previously, Karen served as a portfolio manager at the Harvard University endowment and held senior investment positions at Wellington Management, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Chase Manhattan Bank. She was a president of the Boston Economic Club and staff member of the International Monetary Fund.

Karen holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and an A.B. in economics and public policy, summa cum laude, from Princeton University. She integrated BioPhysical Economics into her thinking several years ago, when she realized that the neoclassical paradigm is utterly incapable of addressing the most urgent challenges of our times.

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Linda Guild

Administrative Director of the Board

Linda Guild serves as the Administrative Director for BPEI. She, along with the team at The Guild Associates, Inc. handle all the day to day activities of the Institute.

Linda Guild
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Dr. Charles Hall

Director of the Board and Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board

Charles Hall received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina from the great systems ecologist Howard Odum. He has been a research scientist at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories and at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and professor at Cornell University, University of Montana, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He is the author of 14 books and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, many in our “best” journals. In his mid-career, he turned his main interests from systems analysis and modeling of the energetics of natural ecosystems to increasingly, human-dominated “economic” systems. He is especially well known within the scientific community for initiating and developing (with colleagues) the concepts of EROI (Energy Return on Investment) and BioPhysical Economics. He is the recipient of many academic awards including the Hubbert Award from the American Society for the Study of Peak Oil and the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society of BioPhysical Economics. 

DR. CHARLES HALL

ADVISORY BOARD

BPEI’s Advisory board is comprised of experts in science & engineering, economics, corporate finance, accounting & audit, investment management, ESG, and public policy. They guide the Institute’s research agenda, curriculum development and community outreach activities.

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Jan-Pieter Oosterom

President of the Board & Co-chairman of the Advisory Board

Jan-Pieter (JP) Oosterom is a board level advisor for energy companies on corporate transformations. He has 18 years of experience at Royal Dutch Shell plc in executive roles across its businesses in Europe, Asia and North America. Most recently as co-head of Downstream transformation, driving thousands of structural efficiency improvement tactics from across Shell’s $300bln Downstream business to implementation. JP is driven by finding ways to sustainably transform large corporations a lot faster and also enhancing investment decision making to better navigate the energy transition.

JP has extensive experience in corporate transformations and corporate investment decision making through roles as finance director on executive leadership teams, transformation leader, head of planning and reporting and as senior manager Mergers & Acquisitions. He is a Fellow with CPA Australia and holds an MSc in Accounting & Finance, studying at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the London School of Economics.

JAN-PIETER OOSTEROM
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Dr. Charles Hall

Director of the Board and Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board

Charles Hall received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina from the great systems ecologist Howard Odum. He has been a research scientist at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories and at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and professor at Cornell University, University of Montana, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He is the author of 14 books and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, many in our “best” journals. In his mid-career, he turned his main interests from systems analysis and modeling of the energetics of natural ecosystems to increasingly, human-dominated “economic” systems. He is especially well known within the scientific community for initiating and developing (with colleagues) the concepts of EROI (Energy Return on Investment) and BioPhysical Economics. He is the recipient of many academic awards including the Hubbert Award from the American Society for the Study of Peak Oil and the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society of BioPhysical Economics. 

DR. CHARLES HALL
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Prof. Steven Keen

Director of the Board & Co-chairman of the Advisory Board

Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security at University College London (https://www.isrs.org.uk/).

Specialist in complex systems modelling in economics, especially of Hyman Minsky’s Financial Instability Hypothesis. Publications on nonequilibrium macroeconomics, environmental economics, the role of energy in production, critiques of Neoclassical and Marxian economics, monetary dynamics, empirical data on causes of financial crises,  and economic methodology (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hbcdga0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra).

Crowdfunded via Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ProfSteveKeen.

Author of Debunking Economics (https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/debunking-economics/) and Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? (https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Can+We+Avoid+Another+Financial+Crisis%3F-p-9781509513727).

Developer of the Open Source system dynamics program Minsky (https://sourceforge.net/projects/minsky/).

Winner of the Revere Award (https://rwer.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/keen-roubini-and-baker-win-revere-award-for-economics-2/) from the Real World Economics Review (https://rwer.wordpress.com/) for being the economist “who first and most clearly anticipated and gave public warning of the Global Financial Collapse and whose work is most likely to prevent another GFC in the future.”

Previously Professor of Economics at Kingston University London UK (2014-2018) and University of Western Sydney, Australia (2007-2013).

DR. STEVE KEEN
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Jed Dorsheimer

Co-chairman of the Advisory Board

Jonathan (Jed) Dorsheimer is Global Head of Sustainability Research for Canaccord Genuity. His focus on systems analysis, combined with applying the Laws of Natural Science has resulted in a truly differentiated and often contrarian view of value creation on Wall Street. This unique approach has led to identification of several secular trends including smartphones and LEDs. Jed is driven by the application of science to decipher between what is sustainable investing strategies and just “green washing,” as a way to improve resource allocation. Jed has advised the United States Department of Energy, under the 44th President, Barack Hussein Obama, and held Executive Leadership roles in at Acuity Brands, a fortune 500 Company.

Jed Dorsheimer

Invested in the Nature of Energy.