September 23, 2014
David L. Goldwyn to Chair Atlantic Council Energy Advisory Group

The Atlantic Council today named David Goldwyn, one of the United States’ most experienced energy experts and diplomats, as the chairman of its new Energy Advisory Group.

In that position, Goldwyn will spearhead the transformation of the Council’s energy program, providing strategic advice on the focus and direction of the program, and take a leading role in recruitment of the program’s director and experts. The Energy Advisory Group will serve as a policy advisory board for energy issues across the Atlantic Council.

Goldwyn has significant experience in both government and private industry, and his expertise in numerous policy areas will help to guide the new center. Goldwyn is currently the founder and President of Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC, a strategic energy consulting firm; member of the National Petroleum Council; an alternate member of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. 

“Energy is at the crossroads of the Council’s work on security, prosperity, and strategic foresight. David’s addition to our team and his leadership of our energy strategy represent the Council’s commitment to assembling a world-class team to devise realistic solutions to energy challenges that matter to political and business leaders,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. 

Throughout his career, Goldwyn has been a leader in both diplomacy and energy policy, giving him unique insight into the questions that the Council’s energy program will tackle. During his tenure as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, he spearheaded the creation of the Global Shale Gas Initiative, the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative, and led numerous strategic energy dialogues. Previously, Goldwyn served as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs, counselor to the secretary of energy, national security deputy to the US permanent representative to the United Nations, chief of staff to the undersecretary of state for political affairs, and as an attorney-adviser in the Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes at the Department of State.

“I am enthusiastic about helping the Atlantic Council secure our future by meeting global energy challenges through strategy, security, and governance initiatives. We are at a crucial moment in history on energy matters that could transform the future world economy and its security,” said Goldwyn. “I look forward to assisting the Council in forming energy policy solutions that will provide for the energy security of the United States and its allies and partners.”

Goldwyn has shaped public discourse on a wide-range of energy issues, publishing numerous books and articles over the years. For the Atlantic Council, Goldwyn has authored two major reports on energy in the Americas: “Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last?” and “Uncertain Energy: The Caribbean’s Gamble with Venezuela.” Goldwyn is also the coeditor of two seminal books on energy policy, Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition (Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) and Energy and Security: Towards A New Foreign Policy Strategy (Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), as well as an editor for a 2008 publication by Revenue Watch titled Drilling Down: The Civil Society Guide to Extractive Industry Revenues and the EITI.

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