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Daniel Yergin          

Authority on Energy, International Politics & Economics; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Daniel Yergin is an authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, one of the leading information and advisory firms in the world with 16,000 employees around the world. He is chairman of IHSMarkit’s CERAWeek conference, which CNBC has called “the Super Bowl of energy.”

Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.” The New York Times described Daniel Yergin as “America’s most influential energy pundit.”

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Yergin is the author most recently of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The Quest has been called “a masterly piece of work” by The Economist and described by the Financial Times as “a triumph.” The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for C.E.O.’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others.

Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages.

Of Dr. Yergin’s book Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, which has been translated into 13 languages, The Wall Street Journal said, “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award-winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC, which Dr. Yergin co-produced, co-wrote, and narrated.

Dr. Yergin served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

In 2018, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Abu Dhabi. In 2014, the Prime Minister of India presented Dr. Yergin with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded him the first James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security. In 2015, the University of Pennsylvania presented him with the first Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy.

Dr. Yergin was awarded the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” The International Association for Energy Economics gave Dr. Yergin its 2012 award for “outstanding contributions to the profession of energy economics and to its literature.”

Dr. Yergin is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a director of the United States Energy Association, and of the US-Russia Business Council. He is a member of Singapore’s International Energy Panel and the Advisory Boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. He is a Wise Man of the International Gas Union.

Dr. Yergin holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

He has received honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Houston, and the University of Missouri.

Speech Topics

Commanding Heights: The Battle for World Economy

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

The Quest: Energy, Security, The Remaking of the Modern World

Globalization and the New Geopolitics

Todays eraThe Second Age of Globalizationis proving much more challenging than was thought a few years ago. Balances of power have been constantly shifting, resulting in new alliances. The U.S., China and Russia are taking on new roles in this shifting geopolitical world, as the entire world now deals with the consequences of the war on terrorism. The technological forces shaping our future have led to critical debates about what it means to live in the "24-hour interconnected, hyperactive, e-mail-fueled, and sleep-deprived world." Meanwhile, a backlash continues to build against a world open to trade, investment, and communications, with energy as one of the most important forces changing the position of nations. Russiaflat on its back only a few years agois now an energy superpower. China and India are the rising great powers. And worries about energy security are now a political fact in the United States and Europe, amplified by climate change. Daniel Yergin takes on the question of overriding importancehow todays positive global economic developments will interact with the negative and worrying geopolitical trends that are emerging out of the new geopolitics.

Oil, Power & Money: The Age of Energy Insecurity

The great struggles over oil and energyparticularly how they interact with geopolitics and the future of societyare of a growing concern to everyone. Indeed, anxiety about energy is practically a part of daily life, prompting numerous questions about our energy future: What are the risks of conflict over energy resources and a new energy crises. What will be the impact of high prices on the global economyand on our own lives? Is the world really running out of oil? Will wind, ethanol and other renewable resources fill the gap? How will the energy needs of a growing world match up with rising concerns about carbon and climate change? Daniel Yergin is uniquely qualified to tackle these critical questions. He combines in-depth thought and analysis and up-to-the-minute insight with the clarity and personal energy of a great communicator.

The New Energy Future in the New World Economy?

How will the world change? Daniel Yergin draws on innovative, original scenarios to explore how great changes in international politics, global economy, technology and the environment will shape our future. What will it mean for world energy and political power if Asia overtakes North America to become the biggest part of the world economy? Could oil lose its monopoly position in fueling our cars? What would that mean for world politics? What happens if globalization falters, leading to a disappointing economic future, and a global fissure? Yergin dynamically addresses the trends that will shape the world and drive us into the future, outlines the conflicting choices and visions for the world economy and addresses what the great battle over globalization is all about. He also identifies key risks and opportunities, and describes the path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come togetherand the encouraging signposts along the way.


The Energy 202: The U.S. just hit a major milestone as a petroleum ...
“This is a very big deal, not just rich in symbolism but marking a major and tangible benefit to the U.S. economy,” said Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit ...

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