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Climate Change - Energy Transition and New Geopolitical Realities
Thursday, June 23, 2022, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM PDT
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SAIA's Quarterly Event (6/23/2022):

Climate Change - Energy Transition and New Geopolitical Realities

Dear SAIA Community,

We are excited to resume hosting our quarterly events in person. Increasingly visible climate change and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted multiple issues within the energy landscape including:

  • The need for energy independence as a security issue
  • The need to transition to renewable energy sources as quickly as possible and the significant hurdles related to building these projects
  • The need for innovation in the space given the supply constraints around materials (i.e. copper, cobalt, lithium, and other rare earth metals)
  • The necessity of natural gas as a transition resource

We have assembled a dynamic group of industry experts from infrastructure builders to macro-economic experts that can explain the evolving dynamics of energy independence and how it relates to long-term country security. 

For more details about our panel and to register, please see below. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Event Details & Registration:

Date: June 23rd, 2022
Time (Pacific Time):
Registration & Networking: 5:00PM to 6:15PM
Panel Discussion & Q&A: 6:30PM to 7:30PM 
Location: K&L Gates
925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104
SAIA Members: Free
Non Members: $75
Click Here To Register

All of this would not be possible without our members and sponsors. We are thankful for your continued support in building and fostering a premier investment community in the Pacific Northwest area!



Mike DeLucia
Vice President & Sector Lead - Climate Innovation
Wellington Management

Mike Delucia is a sector lead focused on energy, buildings, and cities in Wellington Climate Innovation. He will focus on managing the firm’s private-company investment activity in companies developing climate solutions within energy, buildings, and cities, working closely with portfolio managers, global industry analysts, and other global research resources within the firm to identify and pursue investments. As the climate innovation effort continues to grow, he will help build the team, develop investment talent, and further integrate Wellington’s research capabilities into this emerging business.

Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2021, Mike was a founding partner at Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (“SIP”, 2019 – 2021), where he led all aspects of the investment process for companies and projects in the infrastructure technology space, with a focus on investments in the energy transition and the built environment. SIP is a spin-off of Alphabet’s cities-of-the-future arm, Sidewalk Labs, where he worked (2017 – 2019) as associate director, investments. In this role, he led venture investments and incubations in the energy, water, waste, and mobility sectors. He was also previously a vice president in the Energy Markets Division of Macquarie Group (2014 – 2017), investing directly in the energy and power sectors.

Mike began financing energy companies as a project finance analyst at HSH Nordbank (2008 – 2009), then as an investment associate at Nereus Capital (2009 – 2013). He began his career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank (2007 – 2008). Mike holds a B.A. in philosophy and economics from Brown University (2007).


Olivia Wassenaar
Partner, Head of Sustainable Investing, and Co-Head of Natural Resources
Apollo Global Management

Olivia Wassenaar is a Partner, Head of Sustainable Investing and Co-Head of Natural Resources at Apollo. As Head of Apollo’s Sustainable Investing platform, Olivia leads the Firm’s multi-asset investment strategy focused on financing and investing in the energy transition and decarbonization of industry. The platform spans the Firm’s equity, hybrid and yield businesses as it targets deploying $50 billion in clean energy and climate capital over the next five years and $100 billion by 2030. Olivia’s investments at Apollo have focused on the energy transition, and she serves on the boards of several Apollo funds’ portfolio companies including FlexGen, Graanul, Takkion and Total Operations and Production Services (TOPS). Olivia also co-chairs Apollo’s DE&I Steering Group.

Prior to joining Apollo, Olivia was a Managing Director at Riverstone Holdings, where she was a member of the investment team for 10 years. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, where she largely focused on renewable energy sector coverage. Olivia started her career in the Environment Department at The World Bank Group. She received her AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, attended the Yale School of the Environment, and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.


Rob Kupchak
Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Energy (Americas)

Rob is a Senior Managing Director with Stonepeak and is Co-Head of Energy for the Americas. Before joining Stonepeak, Rob was a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Americas Infrastructure and Energy Group at Macquarie Capital, having joined Macquarie in 2001. While at Macquarie, Rob was also a member of the Macquarie Americas Management Committee and the board of Macquarie Capital (USA).

Rob received a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Economics from Penn State University and a Master of Commerce (Honours) in Economics from the University of New South Wales. 



Brent Burnett
Managing Director and Global Head of Real Assets
Hamilton Lane 

Brent is a Managing Director and Global Head of Real Assets based in the firm’s Portland office, where he is an Investment Committee member and leads the firm’s investment activities across real estate, infrastructure and natural resources. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane, Brent was a Managing Director and Principal of Real Asset Portfolio Management LLC. Brent joined Real Asset Portfolio Management LLC in 2012 to focus on energy, infrastructure, and minerals and mining, with a secondary focus on real estate investments. Brent co-led the sale of Real Asset Portfolio Management to Hamilton Lane in 2017 and continues to focus on the non-real estate sectors of real assets across primary funds, secondaries and direct equity opportunities for Hamilton Lane’s clients and managed accounts. Prior to joining RAPM, Brent worked at R.V. Kuhns & Associates. Prior to joining RVK, Brent worked in the Development and Investment group of Trammell Crow Company and as an Associate on FLAG Capital Management’s Real Assets investment funds.
Brent began his career as a management consultant for the Monitor Group. Brent graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Accounting and a BA in Economics. 

We look forward to hosting you!

SAIA Board