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Amy Myers Jaffe      

Chair of the World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Agenda Council on The Future of Oil and Gas

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on the geopolitics of oil and gas and energy security and is an influential thought leader on global energy policy and sustainability. She served as chair of the Future of Oil & Gas at the World Economic Forum, and currently serves on the forum’s Future of International Security committee. In addition, she is a senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.

A frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and board of directors meetings, Jaffe is a widely quoted commentator on energy and the environment in international media who has provided testimony on Capital Hill. Jaffe appears regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, PBS New Hour, FOX, Al-Jazeera TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London. Her writings have been featured by the New York Times, Dow Jones International, and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. She has a regular blog at the Houston Chronicle and is a contributor on energy and climate change to the Wall Street Journal’s blog The Experts.

Jaffe is a member of the National Petroleum Council and serves as an advisory board member of GE Ecoimagination and as a technical committee member on shale gas for the Union of Concerned Scientists. A contributor to Foreign Policy magazine’s “21 Solutions to Save the World” and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Energy Writing by the International Association for Energy Economics, Jaffe was named to Esquire’s annual 100 Best and Brightest and Elle Magazine’s Women for the Environment.

Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as director of the Energy Forum and Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. She was formerly senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold” (Cambridge University Press). Jaffe’s research focuses on oil and natural gas geopolitics, strategic energy policy, alternative fuel (for the state of California and beyond), corporate investment strategies in the energy sector, sustainability and risk and energy economics.

Jaffe served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group, as project director for the Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. Strategic Energy Policy, and as chair, working group on nuclear power in the Middle East for the U.S. Institute for Peace-Stinson Center strategic task force on Iran and as a principal advisor to USAID’s project on Options for Developing a Long Term Sustainable Iraqi Oil Industry.

Speech Topics


Oil Sheiks & The Demise of the Dollar: What Investors Need to Know About the Coming Oil Apocalypse

Guns & Butter: How Our Perpetual Dependence on Foreign Oil Leads to Global Financial Crises

Oil, Dollars & Financial Crises: How To Ensure that Oil Sheiks & Interest Rates Don't Ruin Your Investor Returns

The Oil & Dollar Crisis: A Primer on How to Avoid Losses in the Next Financial Meltdown

The Global Resource Curse: How Mideast Petrodollar Bubbles Are Financing Global Economic Meltdowns

The Energy Future: Transformational Trends in the Oil & Gas Industry

Sustainability & Risk in the Energy Sector

Global Climate Policy & Energy Investing: Is the Carbon Bubble Real?

US Energy Independence: Possibilities & Global Implications

Climate Change, Alternative Fuels & Transportation

The Unconventionals’ Challenge to OPEC

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