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Pierre Conner - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Pierre Conner Pierre Conner

Executive Director of the Tulane Energy Institute | Tulane University


With more than 40 years experience in the energy industry, Pierre Conner is an expert in energy markets, renewable energy and oil and gas.





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Pierre Conner: Tulane Master of Management in Energy


Pivoting away from oil and gas



Pierre Conner is the Executive Director of the Tulane Energy Institute and Professor of Practice, Management Science. He teaches Energy Markets, Economics and Policy to Undergraduates and Energy Projects to Masters of Management in Energy students. He also guides the strategic direction and operations of the Tulane Energy Institute, which oversees energy-related academic programs for careers in the energy industry and related banking, consulting, financial, technology and trading firms. He replaces James W. McFarland, who led the institute from its founding in 2003 until his retirement in July 2018

Conner brings nearly 40 years of experience in energy operations and finance to the Freeman School. Prior to joining Freeman, Conner was the President of Capital One Securities, an energy equity boutique investment banking subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation. Conner joined then Southcoast Capital as an energy analyst, and rose through the organization to Head of Equity Sales Research and Trading researching and analyzing hundreds of energy companies along the way and guiding the organization through multiple acquisitions and expanding capital markets services.

Prior to his move to capital markets, Conner was Engineering Manager for Exxon’s Domestic Drilling Organization. He was engaged in operations from the Gulf of Mexico to offshore California to the North Slope of Alaska and worked on the Exxon Mobil merger.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Choice Foundation, a local Charter Management Organization and a past board chair of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Areas of Expertise (7)


Energy - Power and Utilities

Renewable Energy Industry

Sustainable Energy

Oil and Gas

Solar and Wind Energy

Energy - Oil and Gas

Education (2)

Tulane University: Master of Engineering, Petroleum Engineering 1988

Tulane University: MBA, Finance Concentration 1999

Media Appearances (3)

Why the first big U.S. ocean wind farm is a big deal

Mashable  online


The approval of this first major offshore project may trigger other green lights soon enough, like a similar wind farm off the windy Maryland coast. "It does signal relatively quick approval of the many projects in planning," said Pierre Conner, an energy markets expert and executive director of the Tulane Energy Institute. "It also reduces the uncertainty of approval to accelerate more offshore projects."

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Oil refineries recovering from Ida; power outages led to so-called “stranded fuel”

WVUE FOX 8  tv


Professor Pierre Conner is Executive Director of Tulane University’s Energy Institute. “I would say that we weathered pretty well. Most of those nine Louisiana refineries that were shut down are back up and running and the refineries are getting back up actually sooner than production out in the Gulf of Mexico, kind of a reversal to what had happened during Katrina,” Conner said.

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Louisiana: Ready to Thrive in Transition to Clean Energy

North American Clean Energy  online


Pierre Conner from the Tulane Energy Institute explains how Louisiana has been preparing for the transition to clean energy and how the shift away from oil and gas could benefit the state in the long run.

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