Daniel Yergin Profile

Daniel Yergin was educated at Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and, as a Marshall Scholar, at Cambridge University where he was awarded his Ph.D. He is widely recognized as one of the most important thinkers on energy and its associated economics working in the world today.

Daniel’s book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, spends time at number one in the New York Times bestseller list and is now available in seventeen languages. He has written many other highly significant works, as well as making contributions to every relevant journal of note, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Forum Policy, The Atlantic and the International Herald Tribune. He also features on CNBC as their Global Energy Expert.

The Prize and another of Daniel’s books, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy have been made into documentaries; the miniseries of The Prize was shown on PBS, BBC and NHK, garnering over twenty million viewers in the USA. He acted as producer on the documentary based on Commanding Heights, a documentary which received a trio of Emmy nominations, the CINE Golden Eagle award and the New York Festivals Gold World Medal.

Daniel is a member of the US Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and was the chair of the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He also serves as a trustee of the Brookings Institution and on the Board of the New America Foundation as well as holding positions on the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative and the Institute for 21st Century Energy. He has held teaching posts at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Daniel Yergin has been honored with the United States Energy award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.”

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    Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates and CNBC′s Global Energy Expert

    Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and leading authority on energy, international politics and economics and is a recipient of the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.”

    His book The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, has been hailed as “a fascinating saga” about the “quest for sustainable resources of energy” and “the book you must read to understand the future of our economy and our way of life.”

    The Quest is the follow-up to Yergin’s previous book, The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which received the Pulitzer Prize and became a number one New York Times best seller that has been translated into 17 languages.

    Other significant works by Yergin include Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy; Russia 2010; Energy Future; and Shattered Peace. Yergin has also written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, International Herald Tribune, and many other publications. He is also CNBC’s Global Energy Expert.

    Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award winning documentaries. The eight-hour miniseries The Prize was aired on PBS, BBC, and NHK and viewed by 20 million viewers in the United States alone. The 6-hour documentary of, Commanding Heights that Yergin produced received three Emmy nominations, the CINE Golden Eagle award and the New York Festivals Gold World Medal for best documentary.

    Yergin serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, on the Board of the New America Foundation, and on the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative and the Institute for 21st Century Energy.

    Yergin holds a BA from Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has taught at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Daniel Yergin brings his unrivalled expertise in the fields of energy, geopolitics and economy to a gripping exploration of the trends which will dominate and determine the future of the planet. He posits a number of fascinating scenarios, illustrating the risks of global competition in the energy sector but also his vision of a safer world where nations collaborate through mutual interest.

With much of the global power struggle for the last two centuries being focused around the control of energy supply, the effect new developments in this sphere have on the geopolitical landscape is of paramount concern to us all. Daniel Yergin addresses these questions engagingly, thought provokingly and with his unique intellectual insight.

When globalization, thought so recently to be a panacea for the world’s ills, is constantly under threat as the balance of power shifts between different countries and blocs, an analyst of Daniel Yergin’s status is invaluable. He examines the consequences of the war on terrorism, the new technological forces in our midst and gives his verdict as to the likely shifts in economic and political power we will see in coming years. Anyone concerned with the future of the world economy, or indeed simply the future of the world, needs to hear Daniel speak.

The New Energy Future in the New World Economy?

How will the world change? Daniel Yergin draws on innovative, original scenarios to explore how great changes – in international politics, global economy, technology and the environment – will shape our future. What will it mean for world energy and political power if Asia overtakes North America to become the biggest part of the world economy? Could oil lose its monopoly position in fueling our cars? What would that mean for world politics? What happens if globalization falters, leading to a disappointing economic future, and a “global fissure”? Yergin dynamically addresses the trends that will shape the world and drive us into the future, outlines the conflicting choices and visions for the world economy and addresses what the great battle over globalization is all about. He also identifies key risks and opportunities, and describes the path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together—and the encouraging signposts along the way.

Oil, Power & Money: The Age of Energy Insecurity

The great struggles over oil and energy—particularly how they interact with geopolitics and the future of society—are of a growing concern to everyone. Indeed, anxiety about energy is practically a part of daily life, prompting numerous questions about our energy future: What are the risks of conflict over energy resources and “a new energy crises.” What will be the impact of high prices on the global economy—and on our own lives? Is the world really running out of oil? Will wind, ethanol and other renewable resources fill the gap? How will the energy needs of a growing world match up with rising concerns about carbon and climate change? Daniel Yergin is uniquely qualified to tackle these critical questions. He combines in-depth thought and analysis and up-to-the-minute insight with the clarity and personal energy of a great communicator.

Globalization and the New Geopolitics

Today’s era—“The Second Age of Globalization”—is proving much more challenging than was thought a few years ago. Balances of power have been constantly shifting, resulting in new alliances. The U.S., China and Russia are taking on new roles in this shifting geopolitical world, as the entire world now deals with the consequences of the war on terrorism. The technological forces shaping our future have led to critical debates about what it means to live in the "24-hour interconnected, hyperactive, e-mail-fueled, and sleep-deprived world." Meanwhile, a backlash continues to build against a world open to trade, investment, and communications, with energy as one of the most important forces changing the position of nations. Russia—flat on its back only a few years ago—is now an “energy superpower.” China and India are the rising great powers. And worries about energy security are now a political fact in the United States and Europe, amplified by climate change. Daniel Yergin takes on the question of overriding importance—how today’s positive global economic developments will interact with the negative and worrying geopolitical trends that are emerging out of the new geopolitics.

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Books by Daniel Yergin:

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change

Renowned energy authority Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Prize, in this gripping account of the quest for the energy the world needs — and the power and riches that come with it. A master story teller as well as one of the world′s great experts, Yergin proves that energy is truly the engine of global political and economic change, as well as central to the battle over climate change. From the jammed streets of Beijing, the shores of the Caspian Sea, and the conflicts in the Mideast, to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us inside the decisions and choices that are shaping our future. Without understanding the realities of energy examined in The Quest, we may surrender our place at the helm of history.

One of our great narrative writers, Yergin tells the inside stories — of the oil market, the rise of the “petrostate”, the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive corporate mergers that transformed the oil landscape. He shows how the drama of oil—the struggle for access to it, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of its use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it—will continue to shape our world. He takes on the toughest questions — will we run out of oil, and are China and the United States destined to conflict over oil?

Yergin also reveals the surprising and turbulent history of nuclear, coal, electricity, and natural gas. He investigates the “rebirth of renewables” — — biofuels and wind, as well as solar energy, which venture capitalists are betting will be “the next big thing” for meeting the needs of a growing world economy. He makes clear why understanding this greening landscape and its future role are crucial.

Yergin further brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an original and unprecedented history of how the issue went from concerning a handful of scientists, terrified of a new Ice Age, to one of the overarching issues of our times.

The Quest presents an extraordinary range of characters and a panorama of dramatic stories that illustrate the principles that will shape a robust and flexible energy security system for the decades to come. It is an extraordinary achievement from an author who is truly one of our nation′s great resources.

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The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

Deemed “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

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The Commanding Heights : The Battle for the World Economy

The Pulitzer Prize-wimming author of The Prize joins a leading expert on the global economy to present an incisive narrative of the risks and opportunities that are emerging as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets — and the battle over globalization comes front and center. The Commanding Heights is essential for understanding the struggle over the “new rules of the game” for the twenty-first century.

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