The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center (GEC) works with government, corporate, and civil society partners to help them navigate the changing global energy landscape. Through in-house and external experts, the GEC convenes high-level gatherings in Washington, DC and beyond—including our annual Global Energy Forum—to provide a space for a public debate on regional and global energy issues.

The Center produces timely commentary and analysis and engages directly with policymakers, business leaders, and academic experts to inform and shape the energy policy debate in capitals around the world.

We aim to:

Focus areas

  • Creating decarbonization pathways by developing the most cost-effective and feasible paths, technologies, and policy mechanisms to make progress toward scalable, global decarbonization and net-zero ambitions.
  • Fulfilling energy security imperatives by fostering and deepening understanding of the multiple aspects of energy security, how they interconnect, and their impact on the stability of the global energy system and efforts to achieve climate goals.
  • Navigating geopolitics and economic statecraft policy choices and strategies by helping global leaders navigate how energy and climate affect economic and political affairs critical to creating a more secure and prosperous world.

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Inclusive programming

Creating a more energy-secure world for all.

  • The Veterans Advanced Energy Fellowship seeks to create a cadre of future leaders within the advanced energy industry. Fellows learn through the program how to more closely tie energy security with national security and economic priorities. The program is complimented by The Veterans Advanced Energy Summit, which serves as an opportunity for veterans and military spouses to learn and network alongside senior energy leaders and experts across industry, academia, and government.
  • The Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellowship is an unpaid one-year nonresident program for early to mid-career rising women leaders in the energy and climate fields. The program provides professional development for young women by cultivating their leadership potential, facilitating mentoring sessions with senior women leaders in the energy sector, and providing opportunities for public speaking and writing. 
  • Out in Energy is a national umbrella network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) professionals working across the US energy and climate sectors, and across all energy sources and technologies. The network seeks to elevate the voices of Out energy and climate leaders, support the career development of younger Out professionals, and connect LGBTQI+ jobseekers with opportunities in the energy and climate sectors.


The GEC brings together more than 60 experts and staff that cover a range of energy security and energy transition issues including pathways to net-zero, energy independence, and more. Our team works globally to engage in timely commentary and analysis and events to further the GEC’s mission of creating an energy secure, decarbonized world.

energy advisory group

The Atlantic Council’s Energy Advisory Group (EAG) comprises a small number of the GEC’s highest-level partners and stakeholders. The EAG meets at least twice each year to discuss the Center’s vision and strategy, and it remains in close contact with the GEC’s founding chairman and senior director throughout the year to provide guidance on areas of growth, programming, and fundraising.

The EAG is chaired by David Goldwyn, former US Department of State special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs.


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The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.