- OPENING DIALOGUE: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE IN ENERGY
(01 Jan '70) 11.45-12.30
Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, one of the leading information and advisory firms in the world.
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.”
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr Yergin is the author 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. 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 number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 20 languages.
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.”
Dr Yergin has served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump. In 2019, Yergin and former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz led a major 229-page study, Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation, which was conducted for the Breakthrough Energy coalition, led by Bill Gates. The study, which the Financial Times described as “lighting some torches”, identified ten areas for transformational energy breakthroughs.
Among his many awards, the Prime Minister of India presented Dr Yergin with “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded him the first “James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.”
Dr Yergin is a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, and on the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. He is also a member of the India Petroleum Ministry’s Think Tank and a member of Singapore’s International Energy Panel.
Dr Yergin holds a BA from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.