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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August 03, 2018
July 02, 2018The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) augurs great uncertainty over the direction of Mexico’s seminal 2013 energy reforms. As a candidate, AMLO spoke in favor of pausing new offerings for oil and gas investment acreage, building more refining…
May 10, 2018Read the Publication (PDF)As signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement gear up for the upcoming COP24 meetings in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, Latin America has emerged as a global leader in energy modernization and climate change management. In a…
April 23, 2018The Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Department of State’s Energy Resources Bureau (ENR), hosted a premier group of Central American energy ministers, US and Mexican energy policymakers, and private sector representatives for a Central American senior-level natural gas policy…
March 26, 2018Mexico’s historic and successful energy reforms are at risk in its upcoming Presidential elections. The leading candidate for the Presidency, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, referred to as AMLO, of the Morena party, has recently doubled down on his critiques of…
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.