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Edward L. Morse is Chair, Energy Forum Advisory Board and Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Research, Citigroup. Formerly Head of Commodity Research for Credit Suisse,  Chief Economist, LCM Commodities and Managing Director and Chief Energy Economist for Lehman Brothers, his career in the energy sector spans more than three decades and includes senior positions in business, government, academia and publishing. Dr. Morse earned his doctorate in politics at Princeton University and his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

David H. Knapp is President, Energy Forum Advisory Board and Chief Energy Economist and Senior Editor for Global Oil Market Analysis at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. He is Editor of EIG's monthly Oil Market Intelligence. He has analyzed energy markets for 40 years in the international, government, business and financial sectors. Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Louise Burke is Secretary, Energy Forum Advisory Board and is currently working for Argus Media on strategic business initiatives for the company. Prior to this, Ms. Burke was Executive Director, of the Energy Forum, and president of J.C. Energy, an energy consulting firm. She has worked extensively in the energy sector analyzing pricing and markets for Mobil Oil Canada, Alberta Energy Company and Petroleos DeVenezuela. In addition, as Vice-President, Marketing for the New York Mercantile Exchange she supervised major energy and metals futures and options product launches and was closely involved in the successful growth of energy commodity markets. Ms. Burke holds a BA honors economics degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from New York University.

Rob Cassidy is Treasurer, Energy Forum Advisory Board and Senior Marketing Manager for Saudi Aramco’s US affiliate Saudi Petroleum International Inc.  In that position, he is responsible for Saudi Aramco’s crude oil marketing in the Americas, customer relationships, and crude pricing.  In addition, he is responsible for fundamental analysis of crude markets in the Americas, monitoring regional crude supply, demand, logistical, and pricing trends for Saudi Aramco.

Prior to Saudi Petroleum, Mr. Cassidy worked at the Saudi Arabian Refining & Marketing Company (SAMAREC) in their New York City office called Petronal, prior to its merger with Saudi Aramco.  His focus was on marketing products surplus to Saudi Arabia, especially straight run fuel oil and LPG, to the Americas.  In addition, he provided global oil supply/demand analysis to the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum.

Previous to Petronal, Mr. Cassidy worked at the Energy Intelligence Group from 1989 through mid-1991.  During 1980-1988, he worked for Royal Dutch Shell’s New York affiliate Scallop Petroleum in the Planning Department, eventually becoming Planning Manager for this mini-conglomerate with interests in residual and distillate fuel oil marketing, lubricants, coal, nuclear, and seed-breeding.  Mr. Cassidy started his career in the oil business with Texaco in the company’s Finance & Economics Department as an oil economist.

Mr. Cassidy holds an MBA from CUNY’s Bernard Baruch College, a post master’s degree in finance from New York University and a BS degree in economics/math from SUNY, Oneonta.

Katherine Spector joined CIBC World Markets in 2010 to initiate Commodities Strategy for the bank’s sales and trading desk based in New York. She is responsible for the bank’s energy price forecasts and market views, and her analysis includes global energy supply/demand fundamentals, money flows, and geopolitics.

Ms. Spector is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Affiliated Adviser of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and adjunct faculty at Columbia University. She also serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum, an educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge about energy issues. Ms. Spector appears regularly in print and television media and was acknowledged by Bloomberg in 2013 as the most accurate forecaster of benchmark WTI prices over a two-year span.

Prior to joining CIBC, Ms. Spector headed the Global Energy Strategy group as part of JPMorgan’s Global Commodities Sales & Trading team. Previously, she was an Energy Strategist on the Deutsche Bank Commodity Sales & Trading desk, and worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group. She also worked as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities.

Ms. Spector graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petro-states, and implications for democratization.

Antoine Halff is Program Director for Global Oil Markets at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. He is also a founding partner of Kayrros, a leader in the field of predictive analytics for energy markets. Prior to joining Columbia he served as the International Energy Agency's (IEA) chief oil analyst and editor of its monthly Oil Market Report and annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report. Earlier positions include Lead Industry Economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Head of Commodities Research at brokerage firm Newedge and Head of Energy Futures Research at its predecessor company Fimat, and oil demand analyst at the IEA. In 2005, he launched the Global Energy practice of political-risk firm Eurasia Group and served as its director. Earlier in his career, he served as New York Bureau Chief of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly after several years with the Dow Jones Energy News Service. President Bill Clinton called his book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, November 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, "a must-read for anyone serious about creating meaningful solutions to end poverty." He is an advisory board member of Geopolitics of Energy, a publication of the Canadian Energy Research Institute. Earlier he worked in the film industry in Paris and as a teacher in Seoul, South Korea. He holds an advanced degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Masters from Université Paris VII.

Johannes (Jan) Stuart leads the new energy-macro team at Cornerstone Macro. A self-described oil-geek, Jan and his team take a micro-fundamentals approach to energy analysis and forecasting – which frequently lands them away from consensus. Before joining Cornerstone, Jan spent 11 years in sell-side research, building leading energy-macro franchises at Credit Suisse, Macquarie and UBS. He was a journalist for much of the nineties and started his career at the International Energy Agency in Paris. Jan earned a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris; an MA in the same field from Boston University; and an MSc in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Jason Bordoff is a professor of professional practice at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. He joined the Columbia University in January 2013, and his research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security.

From 2009 to 2013, Bordoff served at the White House holding senior policy positions at the National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. He advanced to the positions of special assistant to the president and senior director for energy and climate change on the staff of the National Security Council.

Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the policy director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the board of the Association of Marshall Scholars. During the Clinton administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the deputy secretary of the US Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies.

Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He also holds an MLitt from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.

Dr. Carolyn Kissane serves as the Academic Director of the graduate program in Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs and is a Clinical Associate Professor where she teaches graduate level courses examining the geopolitics of energy, comparative energy politics, energy, environment and resource security, a regional course focusing on Central Asia.

She is Coordinator of the Energy and Environment concentration at the Center and is faculty adviser to the Energy Policy International Club. Dr. Kissane was awarded the esteemed NYU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, the SCPS Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, and nominated for the NYU-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008, 2009 and 2016.

She was named Breaking Energy's Top Ten New York Women in Energy and Top Ten Energy Communicator. She hosts Fueling our Future, an energy series she moderates which brings in energy and environment experts for conversation and debate. She serves on the boards of the New York Energy Forum, New York Energy Week, and the Clean Start Advisory Board. Dr. Kissane received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. 

Jason Lemme is currently a Managing Director at Hartree and sits on the company’s Operating Committee.  Hartree is a proprietary commodity trading firm owned by management and funds controlled by Oaktree Capital. Mr. Lemme has served in various roles in trading, origination and investment since joining the company in 2002.  He graduated with a B.A. Economics (summa cum laude) from Rutgers University and earned a M.Sc. Global Market Economics from the London School of Economics.

 

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