Carol Liffman

Carol Kazmer Liffman

Advisor to the Energy and Infrastructure Sectors

Carol examines climate change, the energy transition, and sustainability through the lens of strategic decision and risk management. She has 30+ years of experience across the energy sector, delivering technologically complex megaprojects, and supporting executive teams during transformational change initiatives.

BASE Houston and Guadalajara


Ms Kazmer Liffman’s interest in sustainability grew at Hess Corporation, where on behalf of the CRO, VP EH&S, and VP CSR, she led a cross-functional team chartered to integrate disparate environmental, social, stakeholder, and enterprise risk processes into a single corporate standard. This built on experience at BP, where she also supported a global risk management standard.

Carol held roles at Hess and BP in project management, delivering complex megaprojects both in the USA and around the world. One notable project achieved the first commercial deployment of innovative seismic technology, now ubiquitous in deepwater developments. She began her career as a geoscientist at Amoco Corporation, where she also worked in corporate planning and as an executive coach.

Carol has traveled to fifty countries and all fifty states, which contributes to her expansive world view and deep appreciation for the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion. A few examples include: conducting geological fieldwork in Pakistan and Ecuador; working with executives to shape projects in Egypt, Indonesia, China, and France; and deploying lean processes in North Dakota field operations.


  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Business strategy, planning, and performance management
  • Decision analysis and risk management
  • Systems approach to cross-sector industrial megaprojects
  • Energy and Infrastructure Sectors

Appointments, Awards, and Degrees

Board and Other Appointments

Board President, Houston Center for Photography
Program Council Chair and Houston Chapter Executive Committee, Society of Decision Professionals
International Chair for the Performance Forum, a megaproject benchmarking consortium

Certificates and Awards

Strategic Decision and Risk Management: Stanford University
Project Management: University of Manchester
International Society of Sustainability Professionals-Sustainability Associate: International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Project Management Professional and Risk Management Professional: Project Management Institute
BP Helios Award for Partnership and Harts E&P Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation: joint team awards for outstanding multi-stakeholder collaboration in the first delivery of innovative ocean-bottom seismic technology at scale.


University of Toronto, Graduate Diploma in CSR and Sustainability
University of Houston, MBA
University of Cincinnati, MSc Geology
University of Chicago, BA Geophysical Science