Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

Ken Salazar is a partner at the global law firm of WilmerHale and is the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Appointed by President Obama in January 2009, Ken Salazar served over four years until April 2013 as the 50th Secretary of the Interior, directing a vast agency responsible for managing the nation’s resources, including water, fish, wildlife, mining, public lands and national parks, onshore and offshore energy development on public lands and primary responsibility for the federal relationship with American Indians. During his time as Secretary he successfully developed and implemented numerous oil and gas and renewable energy initiatives on public lands and helped lead the Administration’s “all of the above” energy strategy. His numerous conservation efforts include the creation of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and ten new national parks and ten new national wildlife refuges. Additionally, Salazar addressed long-standing injustices in Indian Country. Well-known in Colorado as a lawyer, businessman, farmer and rancher, Salazar was elected to the U.S. Senate from Colorado in 2004. Prior to becoming U.S. Senator, Salazar was twice-elected Colorado’s Attorney General, and also served as the state’s natural resources director and legal counsel to Governor Roy Romer.

Maria van der Hoeven

Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Maria van der Hoeven took over as Executive Director of the IEA on 1 September 2011. Previously, Ms. Van der Hoeven served as Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands from February 2007 to October 2010, during which time she demonstrated leadership on energy policy at the national, regional and global levels. 

Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman, IHS

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. He is Founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and Vice Chairman of IHS. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative.

In selecting Dr. Yergin as one of the “hundred people who mattered” worldwide, 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 new 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. Bill Gates summed up his review saying, “This is a fantastic book.”

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 17 languages.

Dr. Yergin is also a business leader, as Vice Chairman of IHS, one of the world’s largest information companies, and founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, one of the leading energy advisory firms in the world.

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.

Dr. Yergin was awarded the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He received the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy. 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 serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a member of the advisory board’s subcommittee that issued its report on shale gas at the request of President Obama.

Dr. Yergin is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a trustee of the Brookings Institution and a director of the United States Energy Association and of the US-Russian Business Council. He is a member of Singapore’s International Energy Advisory Board. He is a “Wise Man” of the International Gas Union and a member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas. In 2012, he became an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing.

Dr. Yergin holds a B.A. from Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

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