Robert Kelly

Robert C. Kelly

Expertise: Economics, Investing, General Business
Title: Managing Director
Education: US Military Academy (West Point), Harvard University
Location: Houston, Texas


  • Member of The Balance's Financial Review Board
  • More than three decades of experience as a corporate executive
  • Raised more than $4.5 billion in capital from investors and commercial banks
  • Has a doctorate in economics from Harvard University
  • Executive Professor at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University


Robert Kelly is managing director of XTS Energy LLC, has been an energy industry executive for over 30 years and a leader in the development of wind and solar energy technologies as well as the lead developer on numerous natural gas projects—most recently serving as chair of Mexico Pacific Limited, LLC a large scale LNG on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

He was a founding member of DKRW Energy LLC where he co-led the development of over 900 megawatts of wind energy and, while a senior executive at a major energy company in the late 1990s, founded the wind company that became GE Wind Energy. In a joint venture with Amoco, he formed a solar company that became an integral part of BP Solar.

Robert's investment experience includes being the commercial lead or co-lead on raising more than $4.5 billion in capital from private equity investors, strategic investors, and commercial banks for energy projects he developed or co-developed.

The world needs continued innovation in energy technology to meet the challenge of climate change while supporting a growing population---future technologies that enable growth while reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will emerge to meet this challenge.


  • Bachelor's in nuclear engineering from the U.S. Military Academy West Point
  • MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University

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