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Keynote Speakers | Energy Moving Forward


Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Curtis Hotel | Denver

Opening Keynote: Changing Energy Landscape and New Challenges in Energy Security

Mr. Keisuke Satamori

Mr. Keisuke Sadamori

Director, Directorate of Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris

Keisuke Sadamori was appointed Director of the Energy Markets and Security Directorate on 3 September 2012.

Prior to joining the IEA, Mr. Sadamori, a Japanese national, held many senior positions at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and most recently was Deputy Director-General at the Minister’s Secretariat.

Mr. Sadamori served as the executive assistant to Prime Minister Kan in 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan, causing the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident. Before this, he worked on international energy affairs and was the representative of the Government of Japan in such fora as the IEA Governing Board in 2008 and 2009. He also served as the chief negotiator for trade and investment agreements with Asian countries in 2009 and 2010.

Mr. Sadamori received an LL.B. from University of Tokyo in 1983, and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in 1990.



Closing Keynote: Energy’s Role in The Second American Century

Dr. Philip K. Verleger

President, PKVerleger LLC

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr. is president of PKVerleger LLC, Carbondale, Colorado. Dr. Verleger’s research has focused on the study of energy commodity markets and, more recently, the amazing transformation of the US energy sector.

During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Verleger has correctly anticipated most of the major structural changes occurring in the oil industry over the last 25 years. In 1986, he was the first economist to fully comprehend and explain the appearance and development of energy commodity markets. Dr. Verleger has chronicled the evolution of these markets since then and has been a leading figure globally in driving their growth. In 2012, he was the first economist to write extensively on the United States’ emergence as an energy exporter. His latest papers have chronicled the economic implications of this unexpected tectonic shift.

Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration.

Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

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