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OU Energy Institute web chat planned, Laredo Petroleum replaces board member as it strives to boost its technology

Investment talk set

Investment banker Steve Trauber of Houston will discuss the availability of capital for energy investments on the Aug. 26 episode of the University of Oklahoma Energy Institute’s webcast, officials announced.

Trauber’s talk comes as investments opportunities in the energy space are challenged by fluctuating commodity prices, climate change concerns and global energy demand declines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the newest episode, which will launch at noon on Aug. 26, Trauber, vice chairman and global head of energy at Citi, will speak with moderators Mike Stice and Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes.

Stice is dean of OU’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy and a member of the Energy Institute’s board of advisers.

Zumwalt-Forbes, an OU graduate, is president and chief operating officer of Black Mountain, a private operating company with natural gas and battery metals assets in the United States and Australia.

The institute launched its “Future of Energy” webcast series in June. Past episodes are available online at


Laredo replaces board member

Laredo Petroleum recently announced it appointed Lisa Lambert to its board of directors as an independent member of the organization.

She succeeds Peter Kagan, a managing director at Warbug Pincus who resigned from his position on Laredo’s board after serving for 14 years.

Officials said that Lambert, whose background is in technology, innovation efforts and global investment initiatives, brings a unique perspective to Laredo’s board as the company embarks on a digital transformation to drive efficiencies and cost savings.

"The addition of Lisa to the Board demonstrates our commitment to employing technology to improve our company and our willingness to embrace diverse opinions to drive our transformation," said Jason Pigott, Laredo’s CEO.

Lambert currently is the chief technology and innovation officer at National Grid and the founder and president of National Grid Partners. She also has served on boards for various companies and is the founder, chairman and CEO of UPWARD, a non-profit global network of executive women.

Lambert holds a bachelor’s of science from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from Harvard.

Staff reports