Carlos Morales Torrado and João Rebelo Barbosa, Global Energy Summit co-chairsBy Lauren French
On November 4, 2016 London Business School's Energy Club will be hosting its annual flagship event, the Global Energy Summit (GES). We caught up with co-chairs Joao and Carlos, both MBA 2017, to discover the power behind it all.
1. Why do you chair the Global Energy Summit? What is your interest in energy?
Joao: Before coming to LBS we were both working in strategy in the energy industry. The GES has offered us a unique platform to combine these two attributes, as we attract the top management of both energy and consulting firms. Looking back to the last year, organising and attending was a major boost my network in London, and the rest of Europe.
Carlos: Indeed, the GES is particularly interesting as it attracts a wide variety of business leaders: senior managers from energy companies, entrepreneurs from tech, consultants and bankers. It really shows the wide variety of individuals and companies that interact within a single sector.
2. What keeps you motivated?
Carlos: I think the whole process of putting together a conference from scratch is motivating on itself. We are a big and very diverse team, of really capable and motivated people that are always coming up with interesting ideas. There are also a lot of small victories on the way, that keep us all engaged.
Joao: It is definitely exciting to see our vision coming to life, especially in these last weeks before the D-Day. Personally, I have enjoyed a lot interviewing the new students, and see how much energy and how many great ideas they bring to the team.
3. What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?
Joao: It should be the gym but in reality it is probably the Library café or the Nash.
Carlos: I really enjoy the Nash as it’s the perfect place to randomly run into friends and for meeting new people from LBS. Some of the most insightful conversations I’ve had during my time here, resulted from unplanned encounters there.
4. How do you personally define a “good life” or a “successful life”?
Carlos: For me a good life has two ingredients: an intellectually stimulating job and an enriching family and social life.
Joao: I’m with Carlos on this one.
5. What do you do for fun?
Joao: I hate being alone, so fun tends to be correlated with dining out, exploring the city, and travelling. As a card-carrying geek, I spend an embarrassing amount of time reading history books and following international politics.
Carlos: I’m also a very sociable person, so I spend a lot of time hanging out with my girlfriend, friends and family. I’m also very passionate about photography so I dedicate as much free time as I can to practice that hobby.
6. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Carlos: Michio Kaku, Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Joao: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Philip Roth, Haruki Murakami, and Hillary Clinton (couldn’t resist)
7. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Carlos: That worrying and stressing is a waste of time and energy.
Joao: I should learn that from Carlos. For me the lesson is that a great mind is useless if you don’t put it work. Real geniuses work harder than anyone else.
8. If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?
Joao: I think finding a clean, reliable and efficient source of energy would have a huge impact on many areas. Climate change, air pollution, geopolitics. I can’t fully imagine how different the world would be.
Carlos: I will go for access to basic services broadly (not only electricity but sanitation, healthcare and education). We live in a world of very unequal opportunities and solving the lack of access to basic services is a key part of the solution.
9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Joao: To learn to accept what you can’t change, and to focus on making the most with the hand you are dealt.
Carlos: Choose your next job, based on the one that will come after.
10. Tell us something surprising about you
Carlos: I was part of the team that recovered the video of SpaceX's first Falcon 9 ocean landing, during the CRS-3 mission.
Joao: How am I supposed to top that?!
Thanks both, and best of luck for the Global Energy Summit on 4 November.
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