In this month’s webinar, we will discuss Electricity. Gas. Finance. The 3 “Tipping Point Sectors” whose disruption could quickly tip our civilization into catastrophe.

From COVID to climate change to war, stress cracks are beginning to show up in the infrastructures and supply chains that sustain our deeply interdependent world. Unfortunately, the biggest risks are yet to come.

If we don’t prepare adequately, extreme “Black Sky” disruption in any of the three tightly interwoven tipping point sectors could send our civilization into an unrecoverable tailspin.

Where are we today? What are the critical resilience gaps yet to be filled? What are the key opportunities? And how much time do we have?

Join the discussion on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 EST.

Chat will be open for this no-charge event.

Meet Our Speakers

Sheila Hollis, Executive Director, United States Energy Association

Sheila Hollis is Acting Executive Director of the United States Energy Association. Through its membership, USEA represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms.   

In her role, Ms. Hollis represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and interacts with domestic and international leaders to advance knowledge and seek partnerships to develop and enhance energy infrastructure worldwide.

Prior to becoming Acting Executive Director, she served as the Association’s Chairman of the Board. She has served on the USEA Board of Directors for 15 years.

Sheila Hollis is also Of Counsel and Chair of the Duane Morris, LLP Washington, D.C. office, and was the office’s founding managing partner, as well as the founding leader of the firm’s Energy, Environment and Resources Practice Group. She served on the firm’s Executive Committee and Partners Board for more than a decade.

She has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards over her career. She was named one of Washington, D.C.’s Top 100 Lawyers overall and one of the Top 50 Women in Washington’s Super Lawyers. In addition, Ms. Hollis was recognized by the ABA as a “Trailblazer” for women in law, among only 100 women to be so honored for breaking barriers for women in cutting-edge areas of law. Ms. Hollis was ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the United States’ top 20 energy lawyers and has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings for over 25 years for professional excellence. She is listed as a senior Statesman in Environmental law in Chambers was named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy Worldwide, and in 2011 was the first attorney in private practice to receive Platt’s Global Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2018 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the London-based Petroleum Economist Publication. Widely published, she is a frequent commentator on environment and energy issues in media.

Laurence Marzell, Innovation lead, Serco, United Kingdom

Laurence is a Management Consultant within Serco Consulting, the operationally focussed consulting practice part of Serco Group plc, a UK based international service company that manages critical infrastructure and essential services for Governments worldwide.

Laurence jointly developed with RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) Combined Effect: A New Approach to Resilience. He leads on its strategic and operational development and implementation and is a keen advocate of its adoption to underpin research projects and organisational transformation programmes. He has a particular interest in aligning Governance and operational delivery at the intersection and boundaries between those bodies and organisations both public, private, voluntary and community, whom must come together to understand, manage and meet their shared safety, security and resilience needs. Whether these are natural hazards, man-made or malicious; recognising that these risks and threats are shared and common to all stakeholders and transcend organisational and geographic structures, boundaries and communities. He has conceived the Strategic Community Requirement, an amalgam of the entirety of this thinking and approach, the development of which is being undertaken within an EU H2020 research call.

Laurence set up and jointly managed alongside CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure), a cross-Government CONTEST funded programme to look at the dependencies and interdependencies of the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). Focussed on the International transport hub at St Pancras in London, this programme established a “System of Systems” approach to the CNI and was a forerunner to Combined Effect.

Laurence is a public speaker at security, resilience and critical infrastructure conferences and events. Is a published, contributing author into subject matter journals and books and sits on the CENTRIC advisory board representing critical infrastructure, essential services and the Governance surrounding public, private and community collaboration for Safety, Security and Resilience.

He is the founder of Whole System Approach.


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.

Dr Chris Beck - our host , Chief Scientist and Vice President for Policy EIS Council, United States

Chris Beck 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).

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