Association Webinars: How the Coronavirus Has Changed the Global Energy Scene


Viewers listened and participated as five Past Presidents of IAEE discussed the impact the pandemic has had on international energy markets, key players and sectors of the industry, as well as on government policies. Could this be a watershed for the relationship between industry and government? Or a key development (or setback) in the effort to achieve greater international cooperation in meeting the energy needs and environmental challenges facing the modern world? Will current disruptions in the energy markets hasten a transition to new energy sources, or simply hold back investment in all energy sources? The five panelists bring broad and deep experience to bear on these questions.


James L. Smith is the current President Elect of the IAEE, and Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University, where he held the Cary M. Maguire Chair in Oil and Gas Management for 23 years before retiring in 2018. Having specialized in energy studies since receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977, Dr. Smith has been a prolific researcher and author. His publications on OPEC, energy markets, real options, auction theory, and the oil and gas business have appeared in numerous academic and trade journals, including theAmerican Economic Review, the Journal of EconomicPerspectives, the Quarterly Journal of Economics,The Energy Journal, Mathematical Geology, the Oil and Gas Journal, and World Oil. Dr. Smith is a Senior Fellow and Past President of the United States Association for Energy Economics and since 2006 has served as Co-Editor of The Energy Journal.


Yukari Yamashita is the IAEE President for 2020 and she is a Board Member for the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) and Director, in Charge of the Energy Data and Modelling Center. She is responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses on energy policy issues. In the aftermath of the tsunami and nuclear incident, her team's analyses and recommendations contributed greatly to the electricity saving campaign and debate regarding a national energy mix for Japan. Annual IEEJ's Outlook is globally recognized for its timely analyses and pragmatic approach towards climate change.

Christophe Bonnery, VP, Economics & Prospective, ENEDIS, the French power distribution company, Paris.

Andre Plourde is Professor, Department of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University. He joined Carleton in July 2011 after more than a decade at the University of Alberta. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Adam Sieminski is President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. KAPSARC is an independent, non-profit, research think tank located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Its mission is to advance the understanding of energy, economics, and the environment, while acting as a catalyst for dialogue on issues of importance to policy makers and the public.

Ricardo Raineri, is President 2017 of the International Association for Energy Economics. Former Chilean Energy Minister and Chairman of the Board of de Chilean State Oil Company (ENAP), former Alternative Executive Director of the World Bank Group, and is Board Member Schwager Miming and Energy S.A. He is Professor of the Engineering School at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Holds a Business Engineer and Master in Economics degrees from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and a Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Member of the Editorial Board of The Energy Journal and is Special Economic Advisor of Associated Universities, Inc.


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