Keynote Speakers


Former Director of National Intelligence

James_R._ClapperJames (Jim) Clapper is one of the finest intelligence minds of the 21st century. From 2010 until 2017, he served as the fourth-ever Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the nation’s top intelligence official, and the principal intelligence advisor to the US President. He provided the President’s daily morning brief and held one of the broadest portfolios in the entire government, overseeing 200,000 intelligence employees internationally, a $52 billion budget, and high-profile organizations like the CIA, NSA, and FBI. Called one of America’s “most experienced and most respected intelligence officials” by President Barack Obama, Director
Clapper is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General who served two tours in Southeast Asia.

He brings 50 plus years of military and intelligence experience to discussions regarding the unprecedented breadth of challenges facing the U.S. today — including transnational threats like terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber attacks, as well as the domestic threats posed by nation states like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. He is currently a national security analyst for CNN and author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.”


Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin

TinkerScott Tinker works to bring industry, government, academia and NGOs together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Dr. Tinker is director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of K-12 and college campuses. Dr. Tinker formed the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance and is working on two new films addressing global energy poverty and the energy transition. He is the voice of EarthDate, a two-minute weekly program produced by the Bureau of Economic Geology, that focuses on remarkable stories of Earth, and is featured on over 350 NPR stations in all 50 states.

He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Dr. Tinker is an AGI Campbell Medalist, AAPG Halbouty Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In his visits to some 60 countries, he has given over 750 keynote and invited lectures.

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