Amy Myers Jaffe

  • Expert on the Geopolitics of Oil, Energy, Security and Risk
  • Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis

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.

 
  

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The Energy Future: Transformational Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry

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The Shale Revolution and the Arab Spring: Geopolitical Reflections on Rapid Change

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US Energy Independence: Possibilities and Global Implications

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US Energy Exports: Drivers and Implications

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Sustainability and Risk in the Energy Sector

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Climate Change, Alternative Fuels and Transportation

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Global Climate Policy and Energy Investing: Is the Carbon Bubble Real?

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Alternative Fuels Policy and Practice

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The Global Oil Price Cycle

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Biography

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, energy and sustainability, and geopolitical risk. Jaffe serves as Executive Advisor on energy and sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, University of California Regents and as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis. She is associate editor (North America) for the academic journal Energy Strategy Reviews and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Energy and Environmental Policy. She recently edited a Special Issue on Emerging Issues for U.S. Energy Independence for Energy Strategy Reviews.

Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Baker Institute Energy Forum (now called the Center for Energy Studies) and Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. A frequent media commentator and former journalist, Jaffe's research focuses on oil and natural gas geopolitics, corporate investment strategies in the energy sector, sustainability and energy, 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" with Mahmoud El-Gamal and co-editor of "Natural Gas and Geopolitics From 1970 to 2040."

As an energy consultant, Jaffe is a frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and at board meetings of financial firms, energy companies, and environmental NGOs. Jaffe is chair of the Future of Oil and Gas at the World Economic Forum (Davos) and a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. She currently serves as an advisory board member of GE Ecomagination and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

She is a widely quoted commentator on oil, energy policy, and sustainability in the international media, appearing regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, PBS The News Hour, Fox, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Economist Magazine. 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 awarded the Senior Fellow Award from the U.S. Association for Energy Economics in 2015 for her career contribution to the organization and to the field of energy economics. The Baker Institute Energy Forum, which she was the founding director for 17 years, received the prestigious Adelman-Frankel award for its unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. Jaffe was honoree to Esquire's 100 Best and Brightest Award for Contribution to Society in 2005 and Elle Magazine's Women for the Environment (2006).