Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. In selecting him recently as one of the “hundred people who mattered” worldwide, Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.”
The New York Times described Daniel Yergin as “America’s most influential energy pundit”. Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Yergin is the author of the new bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
The Quest has been called “a masterly piece of work” by The Economist and hailed by the Financial Times as “a triumph”. The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for C.E.O.’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others. Bill Gates summed up his review saying, “This is a fantastic book.”
Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 17 languages.
Dr. Yergin is Chairman and Founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, one of the leading energy advisory firms in the world, and he serves as CNBC’s Global Energy Expert.
Of Dr. Yergin’s book Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy, which has been translated into 13 languages, the Wall Street Journal said, “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award-winning television documentaries for PBS and BBC. Dr. Yergin led the team that turned it into a six-hour PBS/BBC documentary—the major PBS television series on globalization. The series received three Emmy nominations, a CINE Golden Eagle award, and the New York Festivals Gold WorldMedal for best documentary.
Dr. Yergin was awarded the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He received the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy. Dr. Yergin was awarded the Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy for combining “an understanding of the dynamics of the market with a broad view of the forces of geopolitics as he seeks to point the way to the positive outcomes for the world community.”
Dr. Yergin serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a member of the advisory board’s subcommittee that issued its report on shale gas at the request of President Obama.
Dr. Yergin is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a trustee of the Brookings Institution and a member of the board of the New America Foundation and the US-Russian Business Council. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, Singapore’s International Energy Advisory Board, and the advisory boards for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Institute for 21st century. He is a “Wise Man” of the International Gas Union and the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas.
Dr. Yergin holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.