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Daniel Yergin - Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates

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Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics and economics. Dr. Yergin is a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the United States Energy Award for "lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding." He is both a world-recognized author and a business leader, as chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), one of the world's leading consulting and research firms in its field. He is also executive vice president of IHS, the parent company of CERA.

Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for his work The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, which became a number one best seller and was made into an eight-hour PBS/BBC series seen by 20 million people in the United States. The book has been translated into 17 languages, and has just been released in a new updated edition.

Of Dr. Yergin's subsequent book, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, the Wall Street Journal said, "No one could ask for a better account of the world's political and economic destiny since World War II." It has been translated into 13 languages. Dr. Yergin led the team that turned it into a six-hour PBS/BBC documentary -- the major PBS television series on globalization. The series received three Emmy nominations, a CINE Golden Eagle award and the New York Festivals Gold WorldMedal for best documentary.

Dr. Yergin is writing a new book on the challenges of energy and geopolitics.

Dr. Yergin plays a leadership role in the global energy industry. He chaired the US Department of Energy's Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a member of the Board of the United States Energy Association, and a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. He recently served as Vice Chair of the new National Petroleum Council study, Facing the Hard Truths about Energy. He also has become the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas. He is one of the "Wise Men" of the International Gas Union.

He is CNBC's Global Energy Expert.

Dr. Yergin was awarded the Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy for combining "an understanding of the dynamics of the market with a broad view of the forces of geopolitics as he seeks to point the way to the positive outcomes for the world community."

Dr. Yergin has been named one of the 500 most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy by the World Affairs Councils of America. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Globalization at Yale University, a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, and on the Board of the New America Foundation, a Director of the US-Russia Business Council.

He serves on the Advisory Board of Energy Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on the Advisory Board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also a Member of the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for 21st Century at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He chairs the energy investment committee for the Securing America's Future Initiative at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and the Congress.

Dr. Yergin received his BA from Yale University, and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Dr. Yergin co-founded IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Its offices are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Beijing, Calgary, Dubai, Mexico City, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

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