Upcoming Distinguished Leaders Series Focuses on Innovation in Energy
As energy technology continues to evolve, so must the industry. To address the innovations coming out of this technology, the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will host the president and CEO of a leading Houston energy company on Oct. 23 for a discussion on adapting to new technology and best practices in this fast-growing sector.
Direct Energy President and CEO Badar Khan will speak to students, faculty and alumni at the semester’s final installment of the Distinguished Leaders Series. Khan’s presentation, “Innovations in Energy,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Melcher Hall, Room 160.
Presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based companies, the DLS serves as an opportunity for exploring topical issues in business, with an emphasis on the energy industry.
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President and CEO
Badar Khan is the president and CEO of Direct Energy, the North American affiliate of Centrica plc, with overall responsibility for the company’s operations across residential and business energy supply, home services, midstream and power generation in North America.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in April 2013, Khan was the president, Upstream and Trading of Direct Energy. From 2007 to 2009, Khan worked in London for Direct Energy’s parent company, Centrica, as the managing director of British Gas Business. Khan joined Direct Energy in 2003 as a vice president, and was subsequently named senior vice president, responsible for the U.S. North. Prior to joining Direct Energy and Centrica, Khan was a senior officer of a private retail energy company in the U.S. He also worked as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting in Boston and KPMG London.
Khan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board, and on the Houston Advisory Council for the Tahirih Justice Center. Khan holds an engineering undergraduate degree from Brunel University in London, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Khan and his wife, Masu, live in Houston with their two daughters.
By Ann Lynd