David L. Goldwyn
Chairman, Energy Advisory Group
TopicsEnergy & Environment, Mexico Energy Reform, Shale Gas revolution/alternative energy sources, US Energy Policy
RegionsLatin America, Mexico
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February 25, 2018
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He served as the US Department of State's special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009 to 2011, reporting directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this position, Goldwyn conceived and developed the Global Shale Gas Initiative and the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative, led ministerial-level energy dialogues with Angola, Canada, China, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, and Brazil, and co-chaired a regional biofuels initiative with Brazil.
Goldwyn served the US government as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs (1999-2001), counselor to the secretary of Energy (1998-99); national security deputy to US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson (1997-98); chief of staff to the under secretary of state for political affairs (1993-97); and an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department (1991-92).
Goldwyn has authored a series of works on energy issues, including his report, "Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last?" He has also served as chairman of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2008-09) and as a senior associate in the Energy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2001-09). Goldwyn was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations 2007 Independent Task Force on National Security Consequences of US Oil Dependency and the Council of Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action task forces on Angola, Nigeria, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Russia.
Goldwyn has taught graduate seminars at Columbia and Georgetown Universities and been a frequent commentator on NPR, CNN, the BBC, and in energy trade newspapers. Goldwyn holds a BA in government from Georgetown University, an MA in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a JD from New York University School of Law.