Amy Myers Jaffe

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Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk and energy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis and senior advisor for energy and sustainability at Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California, Regents. She was also formerly a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the University of California, Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and its Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies. She has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University.

Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold with Mahmoud El-Gamal and co-editor of Natural Gas and Geopolitics from 1970 to 2040. She is chair of the steering committee of the Women in Energy Initiative at Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy. A frequent media commentator on energy and climate change, Jaffe is President-Elect of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and a member of the carbon capture and sequestration task group of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. She formerly served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global future council on international security and chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas, which published a study on implications of peak oil demand, at the WEF. Jaffe was awarded the Senior Fellow award from the United States Association for Energy Economics in 2015 for her career contributions to the organization and to the field of energy economics. Jaffe’s blog “Energy Realpolitik” delves into the underlying forces shaping global energy.


Columbia University, Center for Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy Initiative, chair of the steering committee
Columbia University, Energy Journalism Program Advisory Board, member
New York Energy Forum, board member
United States Association for Energy Economics, President-Elect

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