EARTH EX Live is an opportunity to hear about disaster consequences from experts in different critical infrastructure sectors and to be able to ask them questions as part of the live exercise experience.

EARTH EX Live’s first offering of 2024 will bring together panels of experts from three sectors to play out their take on a Black Sky Event Scenario that is presented to them. The panels will then share their needs and concerns between the three sectors. Then, the panels will answer some questions posed by the audience.

Our Panels:
The Electric Sector is the glue that binds our modern world. A loss of power starts a string of cascading consequences in other sectors. We will learn what the electric sector impacts may be, how they will address those impacts, and how other sectors may help.

The Natural Gas Sector is a critical infrastructure component of many communities tied to the Electric Sector as a fuel supplier to power plants as well as being dependent on the power grid to keep gas flowing. Gas is also critical to industrial processes and home heating.

The Regulatory Sector drives how the other two sectors plan, prepare, respond, and recover from Black Sky Events. We will see how they can help the Electric and Gas Sectors before, during, and after a bad day happens.


Enriched with tailored video “injects,” this unique event will offer a window into the thinking of a remarkable group of experts at a time of unprecedented, civilization-scale threats.

Participating experts from different sectors will explore the unique risks and national and global resilience opportunities associated with extreme threats.

The live exercise will be hosted as a large-scale, international webinar, with viewers joining from all over the world participating by submitting real-time questions in “chat mode” which will be added to the expert’s discussion and addressed online by EIS Council’s subject matter experts.

We invite you to be better prepared. Please plan to join us for this unique and important conversation in this special event of the EARTH EX® global exercise series. 

Meet Our Speakers

Avi Schnurr, CEO - EIS Council, Israel

Avi Schnurr is CEO and President of the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council.
Mr. Schnurr has reviewed severe “Black Sky” hazards to lifeline utilities for a number of state and federal government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Security Council, Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. He has been a leader in development and coordination of protection strategies for critical national infrastructures, working with senior executives of the nation’s largest power, water, and fuel companies, with other corporate sectors, and with key government and NGO stakeholders.

Mr. Schnurr has provided invited briefings for NATO, the European Union, Parliamentary Committees, government science advisors and energy ministries. He has reviewed U.S. defense policies for the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council, the National Academy of Sciences, Congress, NATO and a variety of other venues. Until the end of 2004, Avi Schnurr worked for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector in California, where he had system responsibilities for space payloads and other advanced systems and instruments, and also managed U.S. and international defense programs. He holds a number of patents in laser and optical systems and twice received the corporate Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Avi Schnurr received his M.Sc. Degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Ranger Dorn, Exercise Coordinator - EIS Council, USA

Ranger Dorn is the Exercise Coordinator for the EIS Council and has helped with the development and delivery of EARTH EX as well as Black Sky Exercises since 2017. He is a founding member and Managing Partner with Utility Response Training Associates, LLC, providing training and exercises to utilities as well as private and public organizations throughout the US.Ranger served on Regional and National Incident Management Teams from 1997 to 2016, in the positions of Operations Section Chief, Deputy Incident Commander, and Incident Commander, responding to several incidents of national significance. Ranger is a Master Exercise Practitioner – MEP and has developed and delivered exercises from Tabletop to Full Scale nationwide, including evaluating a state response for a National Level Exercise. He has provided ICS training and course development to organizations throughout the US for FEMA, EMI, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition Inc, the US Coast Guard, several large electric, gas, and water utilities, as well as state and local government agencies.

Dr. Chris Beck as Co-Facilitator and EMP Panelist-SME, EIS Council, USA

Chris Beck is the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Policy at EIS Council, where he has worked since May 2011. He is responsible for the analysis, design, and promotion of critical infrastructure resilience for widespread, long-duration power outages initiated by Black Sky threats.

Dr. Beck is a technical and policy expert in several homeland security and national defense related areas including critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, science and technology development, WMD prevention and protection, and emerging threat identification and mitigation. Dr. Beck served as the Subcommittee Staff Director for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Science and Technology and was the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology for the House Committee on Homeland Security (CHS), US House of Representatives, where he worked from May 2005 to May 2011. Prior to CHS, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for three years, beginning as a Congressional Science Fellow and then as a legislative assistant.

Before government service, Dr. Beck was a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in physics from Tufts University (2001) and a B.S. in physics from Montana State University (1994). He served in the Marine Corps Reserve for five years (1987 – 1992).

Lihi Rotem Ganani, Director of Digital Transformation, EIS Council, Spain

Lihi joined EIS Council’s leadership team in 2020, serving as the Director of Digital Transformation. She is responsible for managing all the Council’s digital initiatives with the aim of building and growing the international online community, supporting new programs and initiatives. Lihi leads EIS projects related to marketing and branding, is in charge of social content, CRM implementation and the EIS academy.
Prior to joining the Council, Lihi conducted industry analysis and data strategy projects for FANS-LEAGUE, an Israeli mobile gaming start-up.
While living in Madrid, Spain, Lihi worked at the IE Business School, one of the world’s top business schools. With a skill for creating partnerships and focusing on innovation, she was involved in organizing yearly programs, designing the startup Lab – a startup acceleration program and the Business Impact Lab – an open innovation program. She ran “Challenge weeks”, one week Design Thinking programs with leading corporates and built a marketplace involving SMEs, corporates, and students for innovation-related consulting projects focused on growth.
In Israel, Lihi served as a judicial advisor in the Israeli circuit court and worked for boutique law firms. Lihi holds a BA in Business, an LLB in Law, a Master of Laws (LLM), and an MA in Digital Transformation and Innovation Leadership.

Thomas J. (Tom) Galloway, President and CEO, North American Transmission Forum (NATF), USA

Thomas J. Galloway, Sr. serves as the president, CEO, and a board member director for the North American Transmission Forum (NATF). As CEO, Mr. Galloway formulates strategy, leads staff, and facilitates member activities to advance NATF’s mission: to promote excellence
in the reliable, secure, resilient, and safe operation of the electric transmission system. Under Mr. Galloway’s
direction, NATF operates rigorous programs used to confidentially share information on system challenges and associated superior practices to promote continuous
improvement. Program areas include peer reviews, assistance, training, practices, initiatives, operating experience, surveys, metrics, and RESTORE. Mr. Galloway
has promoted NATF’s increasing leadership role on key industry topics including supply chain cyber security, accurate facility ratings, risk-informed approaches to reliability and compliance, and methods to quantify and improve system resilience.
Mr. Galloway began his professional career in 1981 with Northeast Utilities, holding a variety of engineering and managerial roles of progressive responsibility. Mr. Galloway continued his career with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) for the next 10 years, gaining valuable experience and skills related to human performance, organizational effectiveness, operational excellence, and performance improvement. Mr. Galloway subsequently served as SERC Reliability Corporation’s vice president and director of compliance. In this role, Mr. Galloway was responsible for implementation of the NERC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) within the SERC region. Immediately prior to joining NATF, Mr. Galloway was NERC’s chief reliability officer and the senior vice president for the Reliability Performance organization. During Mr. Galloway’s 12 years as NATF’s CEO, the membership has grown significantly and has made increasingly positive impacts on transmission reliability, security, resilience, and safety.
Mr. Galloway continues to be driven by his passion for electrical system reliability and the recognition of the critical role electricity plays in everyday life.

Richard S. Mroz, Managing Director, Resolute Strategies, LLC, USA

Richard S. Mroz, Esq. has a long and distinguished career in law, government, business, and public service. His experiences are as a regulator, lawyer, lobbyist, banker, consultant and thought leader on issues including utility regulation, energy markets & technologies, cybersecurity, water & wastewater policy, and infrastructure development & financing in various industries. He is the Founding Member and Managing Director of Resolute Strategies and is Senior Director at Archer Public Affairs with offices in Trenton, NJ and Washington, DC. Mr. Mroz is also Senior Advisor to Protect Our Power, a national advocacy group for cybersecurity measures in the electric industry. Mr. Mroz is the immediate past President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) serving as chairman and chief administrative officer of the agency and functioned as the chief energy officer for New Jersey. He was appointed in September 2014 by Governor Christopher Christie to be President of the NJBPU from October 2014 until January 2018 and remained as a Commissioner until April 2018. Mr. Mroz has had various national and regional leadership positions in the energy and utility industries. He was Chairman of the Critical Infrastructure Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He led efforts for state regulators to analyze solutions for utility infrastructure security and resilience. He advanced efforts addressing cybersecurity, workforce development, and infrastructure improvements in the electric, gas, water and telecommunications industries.

Adam Ingram ,Manager, Business Continuity, Duquesne Light Company, USA

Adam Ingram is the Business Continuity Manager at Duquesne Light Company- overseeing business continuity, emergency management, and incident management. As well, Adam Chairs the Electric Sector Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Black Sky Steering Committee hosted by the PA PUC and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He holds a Master of Science in Disaster Medicine, is a Certified Emergency Manager, and remains an active member of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team, Ohio Task Force 1.

David Batz, Managing Director, Cyber & Infrastructure Security at Edison Electric Institute USA

David Batz works for Edison Electric Institute, with a renewed focus on cyber and infrastructure security for investor owned electric utilities.

Mr. Batz assists members with understanding and applying appropriate security solutions to address emerging threats and issues, including the Internet of Things (IoT). He has provided professional technology and security solutions and services for 30 years, with over 20 years of experience working with owners and operators within the energy sector.

In addition, David Batz leverages over a decade of energy, and regulatory compliance as well as physical and cyber security policy experience and engagement with federal agencies including Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Batz is a member of InfraGard, and serves on the SANS Advisory Board. He has served on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) and the CIPC-Executive Committee.

Batz has authored various articles and presented at numerous events on securing critical infrastructure, industrial systems and standardization topics for prominent industry associations including NIST, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, US-AID and the American Society Civil Engineers to name a few.

Mr. Batz is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and has multiple security certifications.

Gladys Brown - Dutrieuille, Former Chair/Commissioner PA PUC, USA

Practicing a fair and balanced approach to managing utility and consumer issues, Dutrieuille promotes the PUC’s work to educate consumers, enhance the safety and reliability of utility services, and explore innovations. Her efforts highlight the importance of bringing public utilities, including energy, water, communication and transportation, to underserved communities.

Prior to joining the PUC, Dutrieuille served as deputy chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic leader. In that role, Dutrieuille addressed numerous major utility issues, including deregulation bills for telecommunications, electricity and natural gas; Act 201 of 2004, which added Chapter 14 to the Public Utility Code and changed the handling of consumer terminations and reconnections; Act 129 of 2008, which addressed energy efficiency and procurement; and Act 11 of 2012, which expanded use of the distribution system improvement charge.

Before her work with the Senate, Dutrieuille served as assistant counsel for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Pennsylvania Department of State. She also was a clerk for the late Judge Paul A. Simmons, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.

A leader in her industry, Dutrieuille is president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. Within the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Dutrieuille is a member of the Board of Directors; Telecommunications and Critical Infrastructure committees; and Emergency Preparedness, Recovery and Resiliency Task Force. Recently, she was nominated to serve on NARUC’s joint Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission.

Within the PBA, Dutrieuille is a member of the Government Lawyers, Minority Bar and Statutory Law committees. In addition, she is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association, James S. Bowman American Inns of Court, Keystone Bar Association, and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Governance and Nominations committees.

Dutrieuille earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

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