Baringa Partners opens energy and utilities practice in New York office

06 February 2019

Management consultancy Baringa Partners has opened an energy and utilities practice in the firm’s New York office. The new practice will be led by industry veteran David Shepheard.

With more than two decades of experience in the European financial services industry, the UK-based Baringa entered the North American market in 2017 with the opening its New York office, offering the firm’s full range of capabilities, with an initial focus on risk and compliance, and process and transformation services. In addition to its New York practice, Baringa also has energy and resources practices in London, Dusseldorf, Sydney, and Abu Dhabi.

These practices have clients in sectors including power generation, clean tech, transmission operation, and retail supply, offering industry insights supported by marketing and fundamental analysis to aid in business strategy decisions.Baringa Partners opens energy & utilities practice in New York office

Shepheard was a partner and vice president of corporate development and strategy for management consultancy Structure Europe, which specialized in the energy, financial services, and utility sectors. The firm in 2009 rebranded to Baringa Partners, as part of the process of legally separating Structure Europe from its US-based former sister company and establishing itself as an independent organization. Shepheard moved on to professional services firm Accenture, respectively serving as managing director of growth and strategy, Accenture strategy, and T&D innovation in just under four years.

“Baringa is a perfect fit for me at this point in my career,” Shepheard said in a statement. “In many ways, it’s a homecoming – rejoining a firm that has grown tremendously from the seeds of a European consulting business I helped to launch nearly 20 years ago. I am excited about returning to those roots and bringing Baringa’s unique blend of capabilities and services to North America. Baringa’s deep experience in all facets of the energy transformation in Europe will be hugely valuable to clients undertaking similar journeys in North America.”

The United States’ energy and utilities consulting industry is the largest in the world. With rapid transformation toward decentralization and decarbonization well underway, there is an increased focus on renewable energy resources, the development of battery storage capabilities, as well as concern regarding grid strain resulting from changes in power generation, such as those from increasingly severe weather events and electric vehicles (EVs). There are projected to be more than 125 million EVs on the roads by 2030, according to a study by the International Energy Agency.

Further, the relatively low cost of renewable energy is projected to decrease as technologies scale and storage and grid issues are addressed. Baringa’s timing, then, comes as no surprise.

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Burns & McDonnell hires water treatment expert Karla Kinser

13 March 2019

Design and engineering consultancy Burns & McDonnell has added Karla Kinser to their water treatment team in Denver, where she will serve as a senior project manager. Kinser has nearly 30 years of engineering experience, specializing in water treatment and purification.

Kansas City, Missouri–based Burns & McDonnell has an ambitious talent expansion strategy aimed at expanding its headcount by 1,000 people annually. Part of that strategy includes doubling its Chicago employee headcount to 600 people by 2022. The employee-owned firm currently has 7,000 employees and over 50 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Burns & McDonnell delivers engineering, architecture, and construction services to a wide range of industries, including aviation, the public sector, oil & gas, and water.

The consultancy has now strengthened its water group with the addition of Karla Kinser as a senior project manager in the firm’s Denver office. In the role, she will manage multidisciplinary teams as they plan, design, and construct water treatment facilities.

Kinser will draw on nearly three decades of experience to deliver design-build, engineer-procure-construct, and other advisory services within the area of water infrastructure systems. 

Burns & McDonnell hires water treatment expert Karla Kinser

"We are thrilled to welcome Karla to our water team as we witness an increasing demand for safe and reliable water solutions," said Mark Lichtwardt, senior vice president and general manager for Burns & McDonnell Denver. "Whether it's implementing water treatment technologies or updating aging infrastructure systems, Karla's extensive knowledge and depth of experience will help take communities into the next century."

Before joining Burns & McDonnell, Kinser was a senior water treatment project manager and desalination practice lead at design and engineering firm HDR for two years, and a director of the desalination portfolio at water filtration supplier Pall Corp. for just under a year. Kinser worked at water and natural resource consultancy MWH Global (now Stantec) from 2004 to 2015, first as membrane practice leader, and then as global mine water treatment leader.

Kinser also spent time as a project engineer at Memcor, a hydrologist for the US Forest Service, and a senior project engineer at Montgomery Watson. She started her career as a process engineer at CH2M HILL.  Kinser holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana, as well as a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Commenting on her new role at Burns & McDonnell, Kinser said, "Water plays an integral role in the economic prosperity for communities and businesses alike, and I look forward to using my passion to help deliver cost-effective solutions that push the needle forward."

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