Amy Myers Jaffe
Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability
Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). At ITS-Davis, Jaffe heads the fossil fuel component of Next STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways). She is associate editor (North America) for the academic journal, Energy Strategy Reviews.
Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as director of the Energy Forum and Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe’s research focuses on oil and natural gas geopolitics, strategic energy policy, corporate investment strategies in the energy sector, and energy economics. She was formerly senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold” (Cambridge University Press, January 2010 with Mahmoud El-Gamal). She served as co-editor of “Energy in the Caspian Region: Present and Future” (Palgrave, 2002) and “Natural Gas and Geopolitics: From 1970 to 2040” (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Jaffe is a frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and at board meetings of industry and environmental NGOs. She has provided testimony on Capital Hill on energy matters as well as to governments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She currently serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture with the World Economic Forum and as an advisory board member of GE Ecoimagination, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jaffe served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group, as project director for the Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy, and as chair, working group on nuclear power in the Middle East for the U.S. Institute for Peace-Stinson Center strategic task force on Iran. She is a widely quoted commentator on oil and energy policy in the international media, appearing regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, The New Hour with Jim Lehrer, FOX, Al-Jazeera TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London. Her writings have been featured by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones International, and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. She has a regular blog on energy matters at the Houston Chronicle and contributes on energy and climate to the Wall Street Journal’s The Experts.
Jaffe was the honoree for Esquire’s annual 100 Best and Brightest in the contribution to society category (2005) and Elle Magazine’s Women for the Environment (2006) and holds the excellence in writing prize from the International Association for Energy Economics (1994).