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The Coming Energy Transformation: Drivers, Consequences, and Implications for Geopolitics

Energy Minerals Division (EMD) and Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) Featured Speaker

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  

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Morgan Bazilian joined Colorado School of Mines in early 2018 as the inaugural director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy. Previously, he was lead energy specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy and investment. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Bazilian holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in areas related to energy systems and markets and has been a Fulbright fellow. He holds, or has held, several academic affiliations including at Columbia University, Cambridge University, the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He is on the editorial boards of Environmental Research Letters, Energy strategy Reviews, and Energy Research and Social Science. He has published more than 120 articles in learned journals. His book, Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security is considered a seminal piece in the area of energy finance and security. His work has been published in, inter alia, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, as well as the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously, he was a Deputy Director at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Irish Government as Principal Advisor to the Energy Minister and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency. He was also the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations.

Please join EMD and DEG members as Dr. Bazilian challenges us to consider our role as scientists and global citizens on the road to net-zero. The Divisions will also honor technical and service contributions of our members through presentation of awards.


Morgan Bazilian Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines


The Coming Energy Transformation: Drivers, Consequences, and Implications for Geopolitics