27th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - September 16-19, 2007
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Peter Balash

Peter C. Balash, Ph.D., is senior economist at the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has followed energy markets, energy security, and technology issues for NETL since 2002, focusing on the interaction of upstream fuel market developments with downstream, or end-use, sectors. Current duties include studying the near and medium term economic impacts of climate change mitigation policy and assessing energy security options in a carbon-constrained world, inclusive of coal to liquids. He has also recently directed a study of scenarios to simultaneously reduce petroleum consumption and carbon emissions. These scenarios focus on linkages between the transport, electricity, and petroleum markets. Previously Mr. Balash worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Houston, Texas, engaged in multinational corporate audits and transfer pricing issues. Mr. Balash earned his doctorate in economics in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a bachelor’s in economics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, in 1987. He resides with his family in McMurray, Pennsylvania.



Jean-Pierre Benque

Jean-Pierre BENQUE is head of EDF’s American Operations. This leadership position follows almost 35 years of service with EDF. A PhD and former professor in Structural Engineering at Paris’ most renowned engineering school (Ecole National des Ponts et Chaussees) he first joined EDF in 1974 and held various positions within the French national hydraulics laboratory. In 1986 he was appointed head of the research and networks division before taking over responsibility for technical services – electricity in 1991. Two years later he was given responsibility for France’s Overseas Territories, and then became Sales Director for key accounts and then Senior Executive Vice President of EDF in charge of sales and marketing before taking on his current role. Mr. Benqué is based in Washington, D.C.



Carlo Andrea Bollino

Carlo Andrea Bollino was President of IAEE, International Association for Energy Economics for 2008, Vice President of AIEE, Italian Association for Energy Economics since 2001 and Vice President of Energy Foundation since 2005.

Mr. Bollino is Full Professor of Economics, University of Perugia since 1998, President of Economic Research Committee since 2006, Professor of Energy Economics, University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, where he has also taught Econometrics.

He is currently Chairman of GSE, – Electric Service System Operator, Italy; Member of the Directive Council of the WEC Italian Committee and Member of OME’s General Assembly, Member of the Board for the Internationalization of the Faculty of Economics of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and Professor at the High School for Public Administration and High School for Economy and Finance, Minister of Treasury of Italy.

He has been Chairman of GRTN, Italian Independent System Operator, for two years, Advisor to the President of CNEL, Consiglio Nazionale dell’Economia e del Lavoro, Member of the Board, International Management Institute of St. Petersburg, Economic Chief Economist, ENI, Member of OECD Financial Statistics Committee, Economist in the Research Department of Banca d’Italia, Research Associate, Project Link for the United Nations.

He is a graduate of University Bocconi, Milan, in Economics and holds Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1983, with Nobel Winner Prof. Lawrence Klein and a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.



Stephen P. A. Brown

Stephen Brown is a nonresident fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). He holds a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining RFF in 2009, Brown had a 27-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he retired as Director of Energy Economics and Microeconomic Public Policy. He has conducted research and published extensively on the economics of oil and natural gas markets and policy, the economic effects of energy price shocks, energy security, and public-sector economics. He is an associate editor for the journal Energy Economics, is a regular participant in meetings of the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, and is currently serving on the American Statistical Association’s advisory board for the U.S. Energy Information Administration. He also has worked on energy policy at Brookhaven National Laboratory and has taught at several universities. He was recently honored as a senior fellow by the U.S. Association for Energy Economics.



Matt Burkhart

Mr. Burkhart is Vice President, Electric & Fuel Procurement at San Diego Gas and Electric Company. In that role, Matt is responsible for all aspects of acquiring power and capacity to serve the utility’s bundled ratepayers. This includes long-term contracting for the company to reach its 20% RPS mandate, as well as procurement of conventional resources. Shorter term, the department also does economic dispatch of power plants, trading, risk control and settlements.

Prior to this, he was VP of Internal Audit at Sempra Energy, SDG&E’s parent company, and head of Planning & Development for Sempra Global (the holding company for businesses outside of the California utilities) where he handled investment analysis, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Burkhart received his BA in Economics and Russian Studies from Claremont McKenna College and his Masters in Economics from Harvard University. Before joining Sempra in 1999, Mr. Burkhart consulted to major oil and utility companies as part of the energy and chemicals practice of management consulting firm Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and worked at Unocal Corporation in a variety of commercial and finance-related positions.



Guy F. Caruso

Guy F. Caruso is currently a senior adviser in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, having served as executive director of the CSIS Strategic Energy Initiative from 1998 to 2000. Prior to rejoining CSIS, he had served since February 2002 as administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that provides independent data, forecasts and analyses regarding energy. Mr. Caruso has over 30 years of energy experience, with particular emphasis on topics relating to energy markets, policy and security. He first joined DOE as a senior energy economist in the Office of International Affairs and soon became director of the Office of Market Analysis. Other leadership roles at DOE included director of the Office of Oil and Natural Gas Policy in the Office of Domestic and International Energy Policy and director of the Office of Energy Emergency Policy Evaluation. Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Caruso worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an international energy economist in the Office of Economic Research. In addition, before joining EIA, Mr. Caruso was also director of the National Energy Strategy (NES) project for the U.S. Energy Association (USEA). During this time, he spearheaded the USEA publication "Toward a National Energy Strategy," which was released in February 2001 and a follow-up study entitled, "National Energy Strategy Post 9/11," which was released in July 2002.

Mr. Caruso has also worked at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), first as the head of the Oil Industry Division, where he was responsible for analyzing world oil supply/demand and developments in the oil industry, and later as director of the Office of Non-member Countries, where he directed studies of energy-related developments. Mr. Caruso holds a B.S. in business administration and an M.S. in economics from the University of Connecticut. He also earned an M.P.A. from Harvard University.



Navin Chaddha

Navin Chaddha is a proven serial entrepreneur and venture investor. Navin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009, ranked on the Forbes Midas List of top 100 dealmakers as #11 in 2009, #10 in 2008 and #58 in 2007. He invests in the energytech, internet/digital media, enterprise, semiconductor, and service provider sectors in the U.S. and leads Mayfield’s investments efforts in India. Navin has made over 25 investments in the past, of which 9 have had IPOs and 6 have been acquired. His current investments include Consim Info, CPower, Gigya, Lattice Power, Mimosa Systems, Tejas Networks, WiChorus and WideOrbit.

As an entrepreneur, Navin was founder and CTO of VXtreme, a streaming media software company that was acquired by Microsoft and became Windows Media. He served in various management roles at Microsoft after that. Navin was also the co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO) and CEO and founder of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz).

Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University (received the Stanford and IBM Graduate Fellowships) and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi (received the Director’s Medal for being first in his class) and was honored with the prestigious distinguished IIT Alumni Award in 2006. He serves on the Advisory Board of Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and holds over 35 patents.



Maureen S. Crandall

Maureen Crandall is a Professor of Economics at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, in Washington, DC. She teaches economics and energy courses to senior military officers and senior US government civilians. Her energy interests date back to before the first oil cutback and embargo. She was one of the founding members of the Washington USAEE chapter, and served as its President from 2006-2007. Her book, Energy, Economics, & Politics in the Caspian Region, appeared in 2006. She has written a number of papers for USAEE/IAEE and other conferences, and has given a variety of energy talks in Washington and New York City. She taught the Energy Economics course at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2003, and served on MIT’s Energy Laboratory World Energy Project. She holds a National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from CIA, and has twice won the Industrial College’s faculty research award.

A native of Windsor, Connecticut, she holds a BS Cum Laude in Economics from Smith College and a PhD in economics from Northwestern University.



Fisoye Delano

Fisoye Delano started his career with Shell in Nigeria in 1978 and later joined Texaco, where over 20 years, he held various positions of increasing responsibilities in Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and in the US. After Texaco, he was a Senior Researcher at University of Houston Institute of Energy, Law & Enterprise providing leadership on Commercial Frameworks for LNG in North America. He joined Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 2005, as the Group General Manager responsible for Corporate Planning and Development. He was responsible for driving projects of strategic national interest like the Gas Master Plan, Structured Financing Strategy for the Upstream Joint Venture and the NNPC LNG Strategy. Subsequently he was appointed the Managing Director of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd. (NPDC), the NNPC E&P subsidiary. He joined Poten and Partners in 2008 and handles gas monetization and LNG projects worldwide.

He was the 2004-05 President of the Houston Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).

Mr. Delano is a qualified Petroleum Engineer, member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers with a BSc from University of Ibadan and MSc from the University of Houston and an MBA.



Joseph M. Dukert

Joseph M. Dukert, who is President-Elect and a Senior Fellow of USAEE, is an independent energy analyst with special expertise in North America’s energy situation. His latest book, entitled simply Energy, is scheduled for release shortly in the business and economics series of Greenwood Publishers. It deals with the problems of reconciling the potentially conflicting policy goals of adequacy, affordability, reliability, environmental acceptability, and time-deadlines in an increasingly interdependent world.

Dr. Dukert is a Senior Associate (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and he wrote the chapter on North America in the 2007 CSIS book, Energy Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere: Benefits and Impediments. Over many years he has been involved in the development of critical U.S. government documents and reports, including the national energy policies published under a succession of Presidents.

He has been a senior advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a consultant to the International Energy Agency. He has lectured at a number of universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude); and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.



Georg Erdmann

Prof Dr. Georg Erdmann is Professor for Energy Systems at the Berlin University of Technology since 1995. Before, he was Assistant Professor at the Center for Economic Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, and Delegate at the Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen. He is trained in Mathematics and Economics, and received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Münster / Germany, in 1981. His research fields cover energy economics including price forecasting, investment strategies, risk management and innovations. He has also research experience in the field of evolutionary economics. He is author of several books and scientific articles. His last book publication is an energy economics textbook (Energieökonomik – Theorie und Anwendungen, with Prof. Dr. Peter Zweifel; which will be soon be available also in English. He is founder of the company Prognoseforum GmbH which is quite successful in economic forecasting and energy consulting. Among many other mandates he chairs the Gesellschaft für Energiewissenschaft und Energiepolitik, German affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and he is President of the IAEE in 2009.



Frits Eulderink

Frits began his career with Shell in 1990. He spent a portion of his initial assignment working in the United States on Coal Gasification at the Westhollow Research Center and the Deer Park facility in Houston, Texas. In his current role as Vice President of the Unconventional Oil organization, Frits is focused on developing and leveraging in-situ conversion / upgrading technologies on a commercial scale to produce light oil and gas from deep oil shale and heavy oil deposits in an effort to meet growing future energy demands in an environmentally responsible and socially acceptable manner. Frits and his team bridge the full spectrum from research and appraisal through development and production of Unconventional Oil assets in North America and worldwide.

Frits’ previous role was as the General Manager of Bapetco, Egypt, Exploration & Production. In his career with Shell, he has held various technical and management roles in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Frits was born in Leiden, Netherlands. He has Masters degrees in Astrophysics and Mathematics from Leiden University. While obtaining his Leiden Ph.D. in Astrophysics, he worked with the faculty of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.



Mark Finley

Mark Finley is General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics at BP. He is responsible for BP's long- and short-term analysis of global energy markets. He also manages the annual production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy--a well-known resource on global energy data now in its 58th year. He regularly presents BP’s views on global energy markets to external audiences. Mark currently serves as IAEE VP of Corporate and Government Affairs, and as a presidential adviser for the USAEE. Mark chairs the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Economics and Statistics and is an elected member of the US Conference of Business Economists. Mark has more than 20 years of private- and public-sector experience as an energy economist; he joined BP in 2001 and has lived in Washington DC and London. He holds graduate degrees in Economics and Finance. Mark and his wife Leigh Ann live in Arlington, VA with their two very cute little girls.



Brian P. Flannery

Dr. Brian P. Flannery is Science and Policy Manager in the Environmental Policy and Planning Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation. Dr. Flannery received degrees in astrophysics from Princeton (AB) and University of California Santa Cruz (Ph.D.). He pursued postdoctoral research in astrophysics at The Institute for Advanced Study, and later as a professor at Harvard University. After joining Exxon in 1980 he spent eighteen years at Corporate Research in research and management involving theoretical science, mathematical modeling and the environment. Flan¬nery is co-author of the widely used reference Numerical Recipes: the Art of Sci¬entific Com¬puting.

Since joining ExxonMobil, he has conducted and sponsored research and organized international workshops and symposia dealing with scientific, technical, economic, and policy related aspects of global climate change. Dr. Flannery has served on numerous editorial boards and scientific and governmental advisory panels, and has been involved on behalf of business and industry in national and international forums that address global climate change. He serves as lead author with Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Vice Chair of the Environment and Energy Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce, and Co-chair of the International Energy Committee of the United States Council for International Business.

Dr. Flannery played a leadership role in the creation of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the School of Engineering at Stanford.



David Fridley

Mr. Fridley has 29 years of experience working and living in China. Prior to 1993, Mr. Fridley led the China Energy Project at the East-West Center in Hawaii primarily in the area of petroleum supply and demand, refinery analysis and modeling, international oil trade and energy policy, and concurrently was a petroleum industry consultant with Fesharaki Associates, now FACTS Global Energy. From 1993 to 1995, he was Business Development Manager in refining and marketing for Caltex China. Since 1995, Mr. Fridley has been a staff scientist and deputy of the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, where his work involves extensive collaboration with the Chinese on end-use energy efficiency, end-use energy modeling, industrial energy use, government energy management programs, data compilation and analysis, medium and long term energy policy research. He is a Mandarin speaker.



Jeffrey H. Harris

Dr. Jeffrey H. Harris is currently the Chief Economist at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Dr. Harris joined the CFTC from the University of Delaware where was Professor of Finance in the Lerner College of Business and Economics. Prior to teaching investments and derivatives at Delaware, he held faculty appointments at the University of Notre Dame and The Ohio State University. He has previously served as Visiting Academic Fellow at the Nasdaq Stock Market and as Visiting Academic Scholar at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. His extensive research on financial market microstructure has appeared in Financial Management, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Investment Management and the Journal of Financial Economics.

Raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Iowa in 1986, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Finance from The Ohio State University in 1995.



Mark K. Jaccard

Mark has been professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, since 1986 – interrupted from 1992-97 while he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. Internationally, Mark is known for his work since the 1990s on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Nobel Peace Prize in 2007), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (currently co-chair of task force for sustainable coal use), and the Global Energy Assessment (convening lead author for sustainable energy policy). He is a member of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and a research fellow at the CD Howe Institute. He has over 90 academic publications. His 2005 book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for best policy book in Canada.



Paul L. Joskow

Joskow became President of the Alfred P Sloan Foundation on January 1, 2008. He is also the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics and Management at MIT (on leave). He has served on the MIT faculty since 1972. From 1994 through 1998, he was Head of the MIT Department of Economics. From 1999 through 2007, he was the Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.

In his research and teaching, Joskow focuses on industrial organization, government regulation of industry, competition policy, and energy and environmental economics.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joskow was raised in Queens and attended Francis Lewis High School. He received a BA from Cornell University in 1968 and a PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1972. Joskow was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paris - Dauphine in 2007.

Joskow has published 6 books and over 125 articles in numerous journals and books, including:

  • American Economic Review
  • Bell Journal of Economics
  • Energy Journal
  • Electricity Journal
  • Foreign Affairs
  • International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Journal of Law and Economics
  • Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
  • Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy
  • Yale Law Journal

Joskow is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a Director of Exelon Corporation and TransCanada Corporation, as well as a Trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. He previously served as a Director of the New England Electric System, State Farm Indemnity Company, National Grid plc, and the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research. Joskow is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Industrial Organization Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He became a trustee to the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University, on July 1, 2008.



Frederick L. Joutz

Fred Joutz is a professor of economics, director of the Research Program on Forecasting and member of the Elliot School's Institute for International Economic Policy at the George Washington University. His research focuses on macroeconomic and energy econometric modeling and forecasting. He has served as an economic consultant and technical expert to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the IMF, Nordpool, American Gas Association, and other federal agencies and private corporations. He has taught energy econometric modeling and forecasting training courses in North America and Europe. He contributes quarterly macroeconomic forecasts to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Survey of Professional Forecasters (formerly the ASA/NBER Quarterly Outlook) and the Economic Survey International ESI by the CES/Ifo Institute for Economic Research. He has been an associate editor for Energy Economics and the International Journal of Forecasting. Previously he was a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College and worked at Resources for the Future.



William J. Kemp

Bill Kemp leads B&V’s consulting services in Business Strategy and Planning. In addition, he is currently directing the firm’s Climate Change Collaborative, to help our clients meet the challenges of climate change, and authored Black & Veatch’s Climate Change Pathfinder planning methodology.

Mr. Kemp has directed over 300 consulting projects in the areas of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, technology and market economics, market analysis, industry restructuring, marketing and trading, competitive positioning, and re-engineering/cost management. His work on environmental and energy policy goes all the way back to a stint in the Carter White House.

He has advised on power industry restructuring efforts in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Russia, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, U.K., and other countries, as well as on numerous energy industry technology initiatives, restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, greenfield investments, in the U.S. and overseas. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous courts and agencies.

Bill earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, and a M.P.P from the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley.



Chris Larsen

Chris Larsen is Vice President, Nuclear Power and Chief Nuclear Officer at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He joined EPRI in 2004 as President and Managing Director of EPRI’s international subsidiary, EPRI International, Inc. In that capacity, he was responsible for all international sales and member services. Larsen started his career as an applications engineer and project manager at General Electric (GE) Energy in the nuclear energy division, servicing nuclear power plants at customer sites worldwide. He also spent time in GE’s corporate six sigma initiative as a Master Black Belt responsible for driving change and implementing process improvements in functional and business operating units. Larsen then moved into P&L leadership roles in the new and refurbished parts services business. His last role at GE, prior to joining EPRI, was General Manager of Reactor Services which was responsible for providing inspections, outage services, and reactor modifications for nuclear utilities worldwide. Larsen received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.



Paul Leiby

Paul Leiby is a Distinguished Research Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has worked since 1987. He manages ORNL's Fossil Fuel Modeling program and leads the Energy Analysis Group for the Environmental Sciences Division. Prior to ORNL he was a research fellow at Harvard University's Energy and Environmental Policy Center. His recent research topics include the evaluation of emergency oil stockpiling policies, the economic analysis of alternative motor fuels, energy security and oil market modeling, and greenhouse gas emission management policies.

Paul is a member of the Transportation Research Board's Transportation Energy Committee, and has served on professional groups such as the Energy Modeling Forum's panels on World Oil Modeling and Energy Security and on advisory groups for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Governmental Accountability Office, and the Office of Technology Assessment. He received his Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University (ABD) and his Baccalaureate Degree from Harvard College.



Michael Lynch

Michael C. Lynch is President of Strategic Energy and Economic Research. He has combined S.B.-S.M. degrees in Political Science from M.I.T., and has performed a variety of studies related to international energy matters, including forecasting of the world oil market, energy and security and corporate strategy in the energy industries, as well as analysis of oil and gas supply. He is a former Chief Energy Economist at DRI-WEFA, Inc. a leading economic consulting firm, and a past-President of the United States Association for Energy Economics. He was a Senior Fellow for the USAEE. His publications have appeared in seven languages, as well as English, and he serves on several editorial boards, including for the journal Energy Policy and Geopolitics of Energy.



Gary G. Mar, Q.C.

Gary Mar was appointed on December 3, 2007 as the Official Representative (Minister-Counsellor) of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America. He leads the Alberta Office in Washington, D.C., co-located in the Canadian Embassy.

Prior to his diplomatic posting, Gary served for 14 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta, Canada, winning four consecutive elections in Calgary, Alberta. Gary held several Cabinet portfolios – Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations.

As Minister of Environment, Gary served as co-chair of Climate Change Central, a public/private partnership formed in response to the international agreement on climate change. He led efforts to create a new provincial park in the Spray Valley to protect this unique and vulnerable area of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

As Minister of Education, Gary introduced First Things First…Our Children, an initiative that focussed on school children of all ages. It made a commitment to ensuring children can read well by grade 3, and focussed on high standards for junior and senior high school students, keeping them in school and ensuring they have the skills they need when they graduate.

As Minister of Health and Wellness, Gary introduced a series of reforms to Alberta’s health care system, including a province-wide electronic health record system and an innovative pilot project to reduce wait times for hip and knee surgeries.

As Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Gary led the highly successful Alberta at the Smithsonian project in 2006 which included Alberta as the first Canadian province ever featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Leading up to the Folklife Festival, Alberta Week in Washington included forums and meetings between Alberta leaders and U.S. decision makers and policy makers in Washington, D.C.

Before serving Albertans as an elected Member of the Alberta Legislature, Gary had a broad general practice including criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary, Alberta. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994, an honourary designation conferred by the Crown in Commonwealth countries and recognized by the courts.

Gary has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.

Gary and his wife Nancy have three children, Lauren, Jared and Mackenzie.



Robert M. Margolis

Dr. Robert M. Margolis is a Senior Energy Analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Since joining NREL in 2003, he has served as the lead analyst for the Solar Energy Technologies Program as well as the lead analyst for cross-cutting analysis for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. His main research interests include energy technology and policy; research, development, and demonstration policy; and energy-economic-environmental modeling. Previously, he was a member of the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and a research fellow at Harvard University. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from Princeton University.



Kenichi Matsui

Kenichi Matsui was President of the IAEE in 1994. He joined the establishment of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan in 1966 and since then worked at the Institute as researcher till 1994. From then to today, he has been councilor at the Institute. He teached at the Faculty of Intercultural Communication of Ryukoku University from 1994 to 2007 and is now Professor Emeritus of the University. He served for many International Organizations including OECD Energy Division, IEA, ESCAP, UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy as consultant and or other mission. He has been Chair of the Expert Group on Energy Data and Analysis of the APEC Energy Working Group since 1991. He Graduated Tokyo University, Faculty of General Culture in 1963 and received Ph.D in International Politics from Waseda University in 2006. He published many books including "Introduction into the Theory of Energy Economics" (Japanese) (Nihon Kogyo Shinbun, 1975), "International Energy Regime"(Japanese)(Energy Forum Publishing, 2006).



Robert McCullough

Robert McCullough is the founder and managing partner of McCullough Research, an energy consulting practice he established in 1991. The Portland, Oregon firm specializes in energy and public policy issues throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. McCullough helped to introduce competition and retail wheeling on the West Coast in the 1980s and was active in the implementation of California’s pioneering electricity deregulation legislation, AB-1890. In 2000, McCullough Research was retained by a group of Pacific Northwest utilities and industries to investigate the high prices in the Western energy markets in 2000-2001. His testimony to the United States Senate initiated the federal government’s probe of Enron’s trading practices and he continues to serve as an expert witness in the FERC dockets investigating gaming and/or anomalous market behavior. More recently, the firm’s analysis on behalf of the Illinois Attorney General played a central part in the ongoing one-billion-dollar rate rollback to Illinois consumers after an electricity auction in fall 2006 led to double-digit rate hikes in early 2007. In 2008 Mr. McCullough supported a bill favoring the establishment of a state power authority in Connecticut and testified at a Congressional hearing on speculation and oil prices. In spring 2009, he testified again in Hartford, in Albany in support of market reforms and transparency within NYISO, in Austin in support of balancing energy market reforms and transparency within ERCOT, and at a Congressional hearing where he recommended the creation of an Oil Quarterly Report modeled after FERC’s Electric Quarterly Report.



Kenneth B. Medlock

Kenneth B. Medlock III is currently a fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute and an adjunct assistant professor in the Rice University Department of Economics. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000. From May 2000 to May 2001, he held the M. D. Anderson Fellowship at the institute. Afterward, he held the position of corporate consultant at El Paso Energy Corporation.

Medlock is the leader of the Baker Institute Energy Forum’s natural gas program, as well as a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, aimed at assessing the future of international natural gas trade. His research covers a wide range of topics in energy economics. Medlock’s work has been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters and industry periodicals, as well as various Energy Forum studies. In 2001 Medlock won (joint with Ron Soligo) the IAEE Award for Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal.

Medlock has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy in its energy modeling efforts and is a contributor to Stanford University’s Energy Modeling Forum. Medlock also was the lead modeler of the Modeling Subgroup of the 2003 National Petroleum Council (NPC) study of long-term natural gas markets in North America, as well as a contributing author to the California Energy Commission’s and Western Interstate Energy Board’s “Western Natural Gas Assessment” in 2005. He also contributed to the recently released NPC study, “Facing the Hard Truths.”



Mary D. Nichols

Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.

Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment.

As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

In her return as Chairman, Nichols' priorities include moving the state's landmark climate change program ahead, as well as steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports, and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.

The Air Resources Board leads the country in working with the public, the business sector, and local governments to protect the public's health, the economy and the state's ecological resources through the most cost-effective reduction of air pollution. The Board now employs roughly 1,200 engineers, scientists and attorneys, with an annual operating budget of more than $750 million.



Pierre Noël

Pierre Noël is a Research Fellow on energy issues. He is a French national, and is a well known expert on international energy policy, energy security and EU energy policy. Pierre is also acting director of the electricity policy forum at the University of Cambridge.

From 2002-2006, Pierre was a research fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) in Paris, where he was responsible for international energy studies. He also contributed to the work of the French Center on the United States (CFE-IFRI). Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics and Policy (University of Grenoble). He holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Political Studies, University of Grenoble, and a DEA in Energy Economics and Policy from the same university.



David J. O'Reilly

Director since 1998, David J. O'Reilly, age 61, has been chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron since January 2000.

Prior Positions Held: O'Reilly was vice chairman of the board of Chevron from 1998 until 1999. He was a vice president of Chevron from 1991 until 1998. He was president of Chevron Products Company from 1994 until 1998. He was a senior vice president and chief operating officer of Chevron Chemical Company from 1989 until 1991.

Other Directorships and Memberships: American Petroleum Institute; Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees; Peterson Institute for International Economics; the Business Council; the Business Roundtable; JPMorgan International Council; World Economic Forum's International Business Council; the National Petroleum Council; the American Society of Corporate Executives; the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals International Advisory Board.



Ana Palacio

Ana Palacio, 59, is a lawyer by profession, specialized in European Community Law. In 1987, she launched and managed a successful law firm. She served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2002. During her mandate, she chaired the Committee on Legal Affairs and Internal Market, as well as the Committee on Justice and Home Affairs. She was for two terms elected by her peers to the Conference of Committee Chairmen, the Parliament’s most senior body for the coordination of its legislative work. In 2002, she became the first woman to take office as Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain, before joining the Spanish Parliament as Chairman of the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Affairs from 2004 to 2006. From June 2006 to May 2008, she has been General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Since June, 1st 2008, she is Senior Vice President, Foreign Relations
Member of the Areva Executive Committee.



Michael R. Peevey

Michael R. Peevey was appointed President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gray Davis on December 31, 2002, having been originally appointed to the CPUC by Governor Davis in March 2002. In December 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Mr. Peevey to the CPUC for another six-year term.

As President of the PUC, Mr. Peevey is committed to protecting the public interest by promoting consumer needs, while challenging utilities to embrace new technologies and provide safe, high-quality services.

Mr. Peevey is committed to maximizing energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and ensuring that California's environment is protected. He is also a strong supporter of renewable energy and renewable procurement requirements for utilities, and is a leader in implementing California's Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives. He also serves as Chairman of the California Emerging Technology Fund.

Mr. Peevey has made it a priority to work closely with sister agencies, such as the California Department of Water Resources, the Independent System Operator, the California Energy Commission, and the Air Resources Board-- agencies in which the PUC has overlapping or complementary responsibilities, to assure that California has adequate energy resources and transmission facilities to support its growing population and improving economy.

From 1995 until 2000, Mr. Peevey was President of NewEnergy Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Peevey was President of Edison International and Southern California Edison Company, and a senior executive there beginning in 1984. Mr. Peevey has served on the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Peevey has received many awards recognizing his leadership in developing energy policy and promoting recognition of California's diverse population, including a "Distinguished Citizen Award" from the Commonwealth Club of California for achievements in green and sustainable energy in 2007; the Pat Brown Legacy Award in 2003; named "Man of the Year" by the Power Association of Northern California; recognized with the Climate Action Champion Award by the California Climate Action Registry in 2004; and leadership recognition from American Council for Energy Efficiency (2005), the Utility Minority Access Program (2006), and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (2006).



William J. Pepper

Mr. Pepper is a Senior Fellow with ICF International, specializing in modeling of energy markets and environmental policies. He has over thirty six years experience in computer modeling and thirty years experience in modeling and analyzing transportation, energy, and environmental issues. Mr. Pepper designed the recent ICF suite of portfolio optimization tools which assist power generation and energy trading companies optimize their purchases of natural gas and fuels. He participated in the initial design of natural gas markets in the State of Victoria, Australia and in Singapore and was the principal consultant on the recent redesign of the market. He led the team for the high level design of the Australian National Natural Gas Short Term Trading Market. He designed and managed the developed the software used by the independent system operator of the natural gas market in the State of Victoria that takes all bids for receipts and deliveries of gas, determines the hourly operation schedule for the gas day and the market price for the gas day. Mr. Pepper develop the International Natural Gas Model(INGM) for the Energy Information Administration which simulates global production, demand and trade of natural gas and LNG. Mr. Pepper has also developed two global models, the ASF and the CCRAF, of energy use used for long-term policy analysis. The Atmospheric Stabilization Framework (ASF) includes a global energy model and has been used for fifteen years to create energy and greenhouse gas emission scenarios for the U.S. EPA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The more recent Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework (CCRAF) is a stochastic model of future greenhouse gas emissions and impacts and includes a detailed global energy model.



Gordon Pickering

Gordon Pickering, Navigant Consulting, Inc., is a Director in NCI’s Fuels Analysis practice, in Sacramento, CA. He has over 28 years of energy industry experience, mostly in the natural gas industry in the United States and Canada. Throughout his career, Mr. Pickering has worked closely with the electric generation sector as a natural gas marketer and commodity services supplier and most recently as a consultant. He has also provided valuation expertise to infrastructure projects such as storage operators and pipelines and has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors.

A focus for Mr. Pickering has been in providing detailed market assessments as part of due diligence efforts supporting infrastructure investments and mergers and acquisition activity in the upstream and mid-stream sectors of the natural gas industry. He has also consulted to the LNG industry performing market studies supporting new regasification projects in North America. Mr. Pickering has expertise in physical and financial natural gas pricing and contracts including hedging and risk management.

Mr. Pickering is co-author of the ‘North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment’ study, a gas supply research project for the American Clean Skies Foundation. This widely distributed study updated the natural gas resource base in North America and was first issued in July of 2008, in Washington, DC. Mr. Pickering heads up NCI’s fuels forecasting and analytics team in Sacramento, CA.



Ryan Pletka

Ryan Pletka directs Black & Veatch’s Western U.S. renewable energy practice out of San Francisco. He is a project manager in Black & Veatch’s renewable energy group and is very active in assessments of renewable, advanced, and distributed energy technologies. He has participated in assessments of over 100 renewable energy projects and technologies since joining Black & Veatch in 1998. Ryan has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered professional engineer.



Andre Plourde

André Plourde is Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Alberta. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

After serving as assistant professor and research associate at the University of Toronto from 1983 to 1987, he joined the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa. In 1997, André undertook a one-year assignment as Director of Economic Studies and Policy Analysis with the federal Department of Finance. He joined the University of Alberta in 1998, where he helped launch the Natural Resources and Energy specialization within the School of Business’s MBA program. During academic year 2003-2004, André took a one-year leave from academic life and was appointed Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the Energy sector at Natural Resources Canada.

André has served on numerous advisory committees. In 2007, he was appointed to the Province of Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel; he also served as President of the International Association for Energy Economics. His research interests have centered mainly on energy economics and on Canadian energy and environmental policy issues.



Saad S. Rahim

Saad Rahim is the Senior Political Economist for Chevron Corporation. Mr. Rahim works in the Strategic Planning Group at Chevron, where he is responsible for the corporation's forecasts and analysis on macroeconomics, geopolitics and energy prices. He also focuses on global energy trends, including National Oil Companies, OPEC policy, carbon initiatives and consumer and producer country policies. In this role he advises senior executive management on the global business environment and outlook for energy investment.

Prior to joining Chevron, Mr. Rahim was an international energy advisor with PFC Energy in Washington, DC. While at PFC Energy, he managed their macroeconomic forecasting, country risk services, and geopolitical analysis focused on the Middle East and Asia. He also created and managed the National Oil Companies retainer service, the first such offering in the industry.

Mr. Rahim's analysis has been featured in the Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times as well as numerous regional outlets, and he has been a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, ABC, Fox News, PBS and NPR. He has published works in the Petroleum Economist, the Middle East Report, and Global Issues (Middle East), and contributed to volumes on Energy Security & Global Politics and China's Energy Strategy. Mr. Rahim received BA degrees in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for advanced degree work in International Economics and Global Energy.



Ronald Ripple

Professor Ripple received his BS in Business Administration (Finance) and MA in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon. Ron was a Senior Economist with the Office of the Governor, as well as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development, for the State of Alaska. Ron began his consulting career as Principal Economist with the McDowell Group in Juneau, Alaska. He was Senior Economist/Vice President with Economic Insight, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, and he was a Senior Research Fellow with the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 1998 Ron has lived primarily in Australia, (with one academic year lecturing in Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong) holding academic positions with Edith Cowan University and Macquarie University, and joining Curtin University of Technology in August, 2008 to take on the Headship of the Department of Mineral Economics. He is currently Professor of Energy Economics in the Curtin Graduate School of Business and Heads the Minerals and Energy economics program.



George P. Shultz

George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. secretary of state and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and as a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He is a member of the board of directors of Fremont Group and Accretive Health. He is chairman of the J. P. Morgan Chase International Council, chairman of the California governor's Council of Economic Advisers, and U.S. chair of the North American Forum. He is the advisory council chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University, chair of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and chair of the Energy Task Force at Hoover Institution.



Fereidoon P. Sioshansi

Fereidoon (Perry) Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, California serving the energy sector. Dr. Sioshansi’s professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Company (SCE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Economic Research Associates (NERA), and most recently, Global Energy Decisions (GED), now called Ventyx.

Dr Sioshansi provides consulting services to the industry, policy makers and regulators on a range of topics including: Market restructuring, privatization, liberalization & integrated resource planning (IRP); Climate change & sustainability; Energy efficiency, demand-side management & demand response; Smart grid, smart metering, smart devices & smart prices including “prices to devices” applications; Renewable energy technologies; and Regulatory policy, corporate strategy & scenario analysis.

His two recent edited books, Electricity Market Reform: An International Perspective (2006) and Competitive Electricity Markets: Design, Implementation, Performance (2008) were published by Elsevier. A third book, Carbon Constrained: Future of Electricity is forthcoming in 2009.

He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with wide international circulation. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Electricity Journal where he writes the Electricity Currents section. A frequent contributor to Energy Policy, he serves on the editorial board of Utilities Policy.

He has degrees in Engineering and Economics, including an MS and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.



Gary Stern

Gary Stern is the Director of Market Strategy and Resource Planning for Southern California Edison Company (SCE). He reports to the Executive Vice President of Power Operations, and manages a division responsible for resource planning, capacity and energy market design, and monitoring the wholesale electricity market in California.

Gary is currently co-leading Edison International’s corporate strategic planning effort. Gary’s responsibilities include directing the resource planning group that develops SCE’s long term procurement plan, develops resource strategies, and performs various analyses on major resource alternatives for SCE. Gary is currently leading a broad internal team in developing strategies to implement California’s Greenhouse Gas legislation. Gary leads SCE’s efforts, working with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to ensure that the wholesale electricity market design being implemented by the CAISO results in a reliable and efficient outcome for SCE as a large buyer and seller of electricity on behalf of its customers. Gary’s recent endeavors have included working on carbon cap & trade market design, implementation of an increased renewable portfolio standard for California, and electrification of transportation as a carbon reducing option. Over the past five years Gary has been working with a group of utility and governmental entities on the negotiation of refund settlements for California totaling, to date, over $2 billion. He is also managing the design and the development of a capacity market for California, partnering with various other stakeholders.

Gary Stern earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego in 1984, with two Nobel Laureates included on his dissertation committee. He also has an M.A. in economics from UCSD in 1981, and a B.A. in Mathematics from UCSD in 1979.



Todd P. Strauss

Todd Strauss is Senior Director of Energy Policy, Planning and Analysis at Energy Procurement for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for the major policy issues associated with providing adequate energy supply in an environmentally sustainable manner. His responsibilities include market design issues, resource planning (integrating demand-side and supply-side, generation and transmission, and electric and gas), market assessment, and valuation of structured transactions. He has made major contributions to a variety of company efforts in risk management.

Todd has 20 years of experience applying quantitative modeling to business and policy issues in energy and the environment. He has been Director of Quantitative Analysis at PG&E National Energy Group, Principal at the consulting firm PHB Hagler Bailly, and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management Science at the Yale School of Management. He was a Regulatory Fellow at the California Public Utilities Commission and a Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future.

Todd holds a PhD from UC-Berkeley in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and an SB in Mathematics from MIT.



James L. Sweeney

James (Jim) Sweeney, is Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency; Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for International Studies. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment.

At Stanford he has served as chairman of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems, chairman of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research, Director of the Energy Modeling Forum, Chairman of the Institute for Energy Studies, and Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research (now the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research). In the early 1970's he was Director of the Office of Energy Systems Modeling and Forecasting of the U.S. Federal Energy Administration. He was a founding member of the International Association for Energy Economics, co-editor of the Journal Resource and Energy Economics, and vice-president for publications of the International Association for Energy Economics. He is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. He is on the National Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a member of Governor Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors.

He holds a B.S. degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Engineering-Economic Systems.



Glen E. Sweetnam

In October 2005, Glen Sweetnam was named Director of the International, Economic, and Greenhouse Gases Division of the Energy Information Administration. This Division produces the International Energy Outlook, the macroeconomic assumptions underlying the Annual Energy Outlook, and two congressionally mandated reports on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Sweetnam has 25 years of leadership experience in the energy industry in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the EIA, he was a Vice President with Lukens Energy Group, a part of the Enterprise Management Solutions division of Black & Veatch Corporation.

Prior to joining Lukens, Mr. Sweetnam worked at senior levels for both energy merchants and exploration and production companies, including Reliant Energy, ARCO, and Fina Oil and Chemical Company.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Sweetnam was the Director of Economic Analysis in the Department of Energy, where he played a significant role in the deregulation of the domestic natural gas industry.

Glen received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley.



Makoto Takada

Makoto Takada graduated from Nagoya University in 1970 and 1972. He was employed by C. Itoh & Co. Ltd, C. Itoh Australia from 1972 to 2001. In 2001 he began with Itochu Australia Corp until 2006 when he started at The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.



Paul Tempest

Paul Tempest is currently Director and CEO of the Windsor Energy Group, London, and Vice-President of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He is also Chairman of the Threadneedle Club (Bank of England alumni) since 1985; Editor of the MECAS Association Archives and the magazine The Threadneedle. He is a longstanding contributor to and Editorial Board member of Geopolitics of Energy, Calgary.

Paul Tempest was educated at Manchester Grammar School (Foundation Scholar), on National Service in the Royal Engineers and at Oxford University (Open Scholar), where he founded the OUTravel Club, edited Oxford Opinion and was a Resident Scholar at the Maison Francaise (1958-59).

His work at the Bank of England from 1959 to 1983 included 1-2 year secondments to the Bank of International Settlements, Basle, 1963-4 ; MECAS, Lebanon(1966-68), the Qatar and Dubai Currency Board (General Manager 1970-71), Shell International (1976-77) and British Gas (1981-83). During this period he served as Secretary of several Bank of England/Whitehall/City operational and policy committees covering the Middle East and North Sea development and financing

He then spent two years with the World Bank, Washington DC, and six with Shell International where he was Secretary of the Shell Group Energy Panel, Head of the International Energy Division and the accredited Shell representative to OPEC, the International Energy Agency and several other international organisations.

In 1991, he was appointed, on a Shell recommendation, full-time Director-General of the World Petroleum Permanent Council , directing three World Petroleum Congresses in Buenos Aires (1991), Stavanger (1994) and Beijing (1997).

Today, he maintains his interest in The British Institute of Energy Economics, where he was appointed by the UK Government as the first Chairman in 1980 and attends, whenever he can, meetings of the International Association for Energy Economics of which he was President in 1984 and Chairman of their 2nd, 4th and 6th Annual International Conferences in Cambridge UK in 1980, 1982 and 1984, Program Director of their 25th Annual Conference in Aberdeen, UK in 2002, and plenary speaker at their 32nd International in San Francisco in June 2009.



Samuel A. Van Vactor

Sam Van Vactor is an economist and energy expert. He has analyzed oil, natural gas, and electricity markets since the first energy crisis in 1973. He publishes the Energy Market Report, and Pacific West Oil Data. These reports contain crucial information on the U.S. electricity market and Pacific Rim petroleum developments. Dr. Van Vactor has consulted to the American Petroleum Institute, the Bonneville Power Administration, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Energy Information Administration, Gaz de France, Gas Natural, the U.S. Department of Justice and a variety of major oil and gas companies. Prior to founding Economic Insight, he was an economist at the U.S. Treasury, a senior economist at the International Energy Agency, and head of energy planning for the State of Oregon. He has lectured at Maryland, Portland State, Columbia, and Cambridge Universities.



Christian von Hirschhausen

Prof. Dr. von Hirschhausen started his professional career at the International United Nations Department of Technical Co-operation in 1987. His main occupation during this time was the design of contracts for the European Commission, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau or private industry businesses. He spent a brief period of one year as Research Assistant at the University of Colorado in 1988 before he became a Research Associate and Consultant for the Centre for Industrial Economics (CERNA) in the Paris School of Mines (1990-1995). He then moved on to be a part of the German Group of Advisors to the Government of Ukraine, 1995-2001. During this time (1997-2004) he was also a Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin and a Visiting Professor at the TU Berlin University of Technology from 2002-2004 in the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy.

Currently Professor von Hirschhausen holds positions as Visiting Professor at the German Institute for Economic Research (since 2005), Associate Faculty Member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CEEPR (MIT) (since 2006) and a Chair of Energy Economics and Public Sector Management of Dresden University of Technology (since 2004).



John Weyant

Weyant came to Stanford in 1977, primarily to help develop the Energy Modeling Forum. Prof. Weyant was formerly a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Operations Research, a member of the Stanford International Energy Project and a Fellow in the U.S.-Northeast Asia Forum on International Policy. He is currently an adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

His current research is focused on global climate change, energy security, corporate strategy analysis, and Japanese energy policy. He is on the editorial boards of The Energy Journal, and Petroleum Management. His national society memberships include the American Economics Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Econometric Society, International Association of Energy Economists, Mathematical Programming Society, ORSA, and TIMS.



John Wimer

Mr. Wimer has worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory for eighteen years, providing engineering support to DOE’s Fossil Energy research and development programs, primarily in the areas of advanced coal conversion technologies. Presently, Mr. Wimer is the director of NETL’s Systems Division, which performs technology evaluation, systems engineering and economic analyses to inform policy makers and to guide NETL’s R&D programs. Mr. Wimer earned M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and West Virginia University, and holds the Certified Energy Manager credential from the Association of Energy Engineers.



Mine K. Yucel

Mine Yücel is Vice President and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She has been with the Bank since 1989. As an energy economist and head of the Bank's regional group, she analyzes the regional economy and energy markets on an ongoing basis and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.

Yücel is past president of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE), and the Dallas Area Business Economists. She has served on the executive boards of the USAEE and the Dallas Chapter of Women in Technology International, Inc. In 2006, she was chosen as one of the recipients of the ‘Key Women in Energy – Global’ award. She received the USAEE Senior Fellow Award in 2007. Currently, she serves on the Greater Dallas Chamber’s Board of Economists, and the executive boards of the International Association of Energy Economics and Executive Women of Dallas.

Before joining the Bank she was an assistant professor of Economics at Louisiana State University. She has a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in Houston, Texas.







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