Meet our team of advisors

The Honorable Charles D. McConnell

Mr. McConnell is the Executive Director of the University of Houston’s Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability Program where he coordinates all disciplines of research in science, engineering, business economics, law and policy while collaborating with UH energy industry partners in oil and gas, petrochemicals, and the electric power markets.

Prior to joining UH Energy, McConnell was the executive director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University.

McConnell served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy in the US Department of Energy from 2011-13 and was responsible for the Office of Fossil Energy’s strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the department's coal, oil and gas, and advanced technologies programs, as well as for the operations and management of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the National Energy Technologies Laboratories.

Prior to the DOE McConnell served as Vice President of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio and his first 32 years in the industry were with Praxair, Inc. serving in a variety of operations, sales and global business and technology roles including hydrogen, gasification and energy as the Global VP of Energy and Hydrogen. Assignments also included an ex-pat posting in Singapore for Asia business.

McConnell is currently a board member of the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation in North Dakota, is a member of the National Coal Council, has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineers and National Petroleum Council subcommittees, and has held a number of board positions including chairmanships of the Gasification & Syngas Technologies Council and the Clean Carbon Technology Foundation of Texas.

E. Morgan Massey

Mr. Massey has been a Director of Inter-American Coal since 1995. He has been actively involved in the coal and energy industry for over 60 years, from working in underground coal mines in Appalachia to pioneering the development of open pit mining in Venezuela and modern, safe, underground mining in Colombia and China. Prior to retirement from A.T. Massey Coal Company in December 1991, Mr. Massey had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for 19 years, having first started working for the Company in 1947. He is the grandson of Antonio T. Massey who founded the Company in 1916. Mr. Massey has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Asian American Coal, Inc. (1997-2008), Owens & Minor, Inc. (1989-2001), Fluor Corporation (1987-1994), and St. Joe Minerals Corporation (1972-1981).

Dr. Stanley C. Suboleski

Dr. Suboleski has been a Director of Inter-American Coal since 2011. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Massey Energy Company and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of OKD Coal, a Czech Republic company. Prior to his retirement in 2003, he previously was employed in a number of positions by Massey Energy, including Interim Chief Operating Officer and President of its United Coal Company subsidiary. Dr. Suboleski has also been Department Head of Mining and Mineral Engineering at Virginia Tech and Chairman of Mining Engineering at Penn State University. He has also served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Safety and Health Review Commission. Dr. Suboleski is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

Dr. Michael Karmis

Dr. Michael Karmis is the Stonie Barker Professor of the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering and the Director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech. His broad research interests are in mine planning and design, ground control and the sustainable development of energy and natural resources. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers, reports, Proceedings volumes and textbooks and has directed numerous research projects funded by government agencies and the private sector. A Professional Engineer in the U.S.A. and a Licensed Engineer (Eur Ing) in Europe, Dr. Karmis has been active in consulting with the minerals industry, consulting companies, government organizations and legal firms. He served as the 2002 President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the 2002/03 President of the Society of Mining Professors. He is a Distinguished Member of the SME, a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has received numerous recognitions and awards by major scientific, professional and industrial organizations.

W. Harrison Wellford

Mr. Wellford has spent 25 years in the alternative energy and political arenas as a Presidential advisor, policy analyst and advocate, senior executive of clean tech companies, entrepreneur and regulatory and project finance lawyer. Mr. Wellford has advised Democratic President elects, Presidential nominees and Senate Committees on Presidential transition planning for over 20 years.He served as Chairman of Latham & Watkins energy practice where he helped establish the firm’s Clean Technology Group. 
Mr. Wellford holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School. He was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University and Valedictorian of his graduating class at Davidson College.

Dr. Timothy R. Carr

Tim Carr is the first Marshal Miller Energy Professor at the West Virginia University. Prior to coming to West Virginia, Carr worked for the Kansas Geological Survey as chief of the Energy Research Section and as senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He was also co-director of the Energy Research Center and courtesy professor in the University of Kansas, Department of Geology. His experience also includes 13 years with Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), where he worked in a number of research, operations and management positions. At ARCO, Carr was involved in both exploration and development projects in locations including Alaska, the North Sea, East Greenland, California and Kansas. Carr has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in geology from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin.

Milton Catelin

Mr. Catelin has led the World Coal Association as Chief Executive (2005-2014), worked within the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was a lead negotiator for Australia on both climate change and ozone protection.  He has been directly engaged in other international treaties on mercury and hazardous wastes.  He is a Member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Coal Industry Advisory Board, the Board Selection Panel of the Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute, the Governing Board of the Gasification Technologies & Research Council of India, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Carbonising Energy (and previously on Energy Security), and the Advisory Committee to the SaskPower CCS Global Consortium (Canada).

Prior to his international work, Mr. Catelin worked for the Australian Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Department of Finance & Administration, and Department of Environment & Heritage.  Mr. Catelin holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy (ANU 1990) and has received awards for his work in energy and environment including from Australia (2001), the USA (2003), the United Nations (2007), and Poland (2013). In 2014 he received an ADVANCE Global Australian Award for the Mining and Resources Sector.

Roderick Macdonald MBE

Roderick Macdonald has 16 years of experience in the electrical cables business including transmission, distribution and submarine cables. He retired from General Cable Corporation (a US based Fortune 500 company) in 2013. As Executive Vice President of General Cable he was responsible for global sales and market development; this included acquisition and startup of General Cable’s submarine power cable business, NSW, in Northern Germany. He was President of Alflex Corporation and a Senior Vice President for Commonwealth Aluminum, one time a subsidiary of CRA an Australian mining company. Prior to this he spent 25 years as a commissioned officer in the British Army, Royal Engineers, serving in parachute and commando units. He completed multiple combat tours including leading commando engineers in the Falkland’s War. He retired from the British Army in 1993 in the rank of Brigadier. He is a Licensed Engineer (Eur Ing) in Europe, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers as well as a graduate of the Harvard Business School AMP and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Science. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1984. He has extensive experience working in the Middle East and Pakistan where he remains a Board Director for Pakistan Cables. He lives in Napa California.


Usman Aminuddin

Mr. Aminuddin served as Chief Executive of Attock Refinery, Chief Executive of Pakistan Oil Fields. After retirement in 1996, he was appointed as chairman of oil and gas development company, a Public Sector Enterprise of 12000 employees and the premium producers of oil and gas in Pakistan.He was selected in 1999 and appointed as Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Petroleum and natural resources. He also served as principle adviser to Shell and premium oil companies after retirement. School: Aitchison College Lahore, Millfield School Somerset England. Graduated from Christ College Cambridge, 1956. 

Kamal Chinoy

Mr. Chinoy is currently a Director and CEO of Pakistan Cables Ltd., International Industries Ltd., International Steels Ltd., Pakistan Security Printing Corp. Ltd. NBP Fullerton Asset Management Limited, and Atlas Battery Ltd. He is the President of the Management Association of Pakistan, Vice President of the Sind Club, Executive committee member of International Chamber of Commerce, Pakistan and Admissions Committee of Aga Khan University. He is also the Honorary Consul General of Republic of Cyprus. Previously, he has served as the Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan. Mr. Chinoy is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania USA and speaks four languages including French.

*Advisors listed above have no direct financial interest in TharPak and are not to be deemed responsible for any statements or claims made on this website.

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