How US LNG Exports Will Benefit European and Global Gas Supply

February 8, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

Surging LNG Trade, How US Exports Will Benefit European and Global Gas Supply Diversity, Competition, and Security

A conversation with:
Bud Coote
Resident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Paula Gant
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of International Affairs
US Department of Energy

Christopher Goncalves
Managing Director
Berkeley Research Group

Leslie Palti-Guzman  
Director of Global Gas 
The Rapidan Group

Fabrice Vareille
Head of Transport, Energy, and Environment Section
EU Delegation to the United States

Introduced and Moderated by:
David Koranyi
Director, Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative on February 8, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the report launch Surging Liquefied Natural Gas Trade, How US Exports Will Benefit European and Global Gas Supply Diversity, Competition, and Security authored by Global Energy Center Senior Fellow and former leading CIA analyst Bud Coote.

The report analyzes global LNG market developments and the potential role of US LNG in Europe and Asia. The EU’s move toward a freer energy market and a global shift toward gas by climate conscious consumers are likely to help fuel growing demand for US LNG in the coming years. The strong match between Europe’s energy objectives and US LNG exporters’ goals will not only bolster a secure and competitive energy market in Europe, but help lead the fight against climate change. Please click here to read the report.

A light lunch will be served.

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1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

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Bud Coote is a Resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. Mr. Coote recently retired from the CIA as the agency's leading international energy analyst and a key adviser to senior US officials on a wide array of global energy issues. He helped to establish and build the CIA's energy program dating back to the early 1970's, producing actionable intelligence that directly supported and helped shape decisions made by US policy officials, foreign officials, and private companies. He earned the Distinguished Career Service Medal for his work on energy security as well as the William L. Langer award, the Directorate of Intelligence's highest award in support of the directorate's mission. Mr. Coote completed the postgraduate program in petroleum engineering and geology at the Colorado School of Mines in 1982. He holds a Masters of Arts in economics from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in government and economics from Wesleyan University. He also is a member of the British Special Forces Club.   

Paula Gant serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of International Affairs at the US Department of Energy. Previously, Dr. Gant served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Gant administered domestic and international oil and gas programs, including policy analysis and liquefied natural gas import and export authorization. Dr. Gant’s work at DOE is focused on realizing the promise presented by America’s abundant natural gas and oil resources which hinges on prudent production, environmental stewardship and efficient use. Dr. Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Duke Energy.  She has also served on the faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Louisville. Dr. Gant is a native of Louisiana.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McNeese State University and a PhD in Economics from Auburn University. 

Christopher Goncalves is Managing Director at Berkely Research Group. Mr. Goncalves is an international expert with over twenty-two years of experience in the energy and financial industries, spanning over forty countries worldwide. He has advised on business strategies, transactions, and dispute resolution matters involving market, commercial, financial, and regulatory issues for natural gas and LNG, oil and petroleum products, and conventional and renewable electricity generation. He has broad experience with industry, economic, and damages analysis and testimony for commercial and investment disputes before international arbitration panels and in litigation proceedings.

David Koranyi is an expert on the geopolitics of energy; Hungarian, European, and US foreign policy and energy policy; European integration; and the Western Balkans. He is the editor of a book, Transatlantic Energy Futures-Strategic Perspectives on Energy Security, Climate Change and New Technologies in Europe and the United States, published in December 2011 by John Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. Mr. Koranyi served as Undersecretary of State and Chief Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, Gordon Bajnai (2009-2010). He also worked in the European parliament as Chief Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Cabinet of a Hungarian MEP (2004-2009). Mr. Koranyi is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Hungarian Europe Society, and the International Advisory Board of the XII Project. He was a member of the Hungarian NATO Strategic Concept Special Advisory Group (2009), the recipient of the German Marshall Fund’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship (2010), Marshall Memorial Fellow Selection Board Member (2011), and a beneficiary of the French Foreign Ministry’s Personalities of the Future Fellowship (2012).

Leslie Palti-Guzman is the Director of Global Gas at The Rapidan Group and leads the firm’s coverage on global natural gas markets, liquefied natural gas (LNG), cross-border pipeline politics, and unconventional gas. Ms. Palti-Guzman is also a non-resident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University. She has nearly ten years’ experience as a global gas market research analyst, energy market journalist, and political risk advisor. Prior to joining The Rapidan Group, Ms. Palti-Guzman was a senior analyst at Eurasia Group in the Global Energy and Natural Resources team. She has also served as the senior natural gas and LNG correspondent at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. Ms. Palti-Guzman holds an MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied international law and business and wrote her master’s thesis on the geopolitics of energy. She also holds both an MA and BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, with a focus on European Studies and Security Studies. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

Fabrice Vareille has been the Head of the Transport, Energy, and Environment section of the EU Delegation to the United States since September 2014. He has served in the EU External Relation Services since 2001, both in Brussels headquarters and foreign postings. Mr. Vareille’s decade-long diplomatic experience has been primarily focused on key EU partners in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently, he was the Deputy Head of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Division for relations with Japan, the Koreas, Australia, and New Zealand. From 2001 to 2006, he served in the same division in various assignments ranging from managing trade promotion and cooperation programs with Japan and Korea to holding political desk officer positions for relations with Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Mr. Vareille was posted in Tokyo to the EU Delegation to Japan from 2007 to 2011 as Head of the Political and Economic Section. After his time in Tokyo, he worked on China-related issues, as political coordinator in the EEAS China and Mongolia Division (2011-2012) where he closely followed the launch of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership in February 2012. Mr. Vareille joined the European Commission in 1996. He graduated from ‘Sciences-Po’ Paris and the Paris Management School ESCP-Europe.