Association Webinars: Careers in Data, Energy and Economics



Energy is what keeps our economy going. Energy abundance or lack thereof, energy prices, environmental impacts of various forms of energy, energy transitions, are all factors that can have strong real life economic and social effects on individuals and countries. This explains the attention that Media gives to the topic 'energy'. The collection and analysis of data play an increasingly important role in tackling these issues.

Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference by working on energy related issues? If yes, then please join us for a lively discussion with five distinguished speakers talking about their quite diverse careers in the energy field followed by Q&A. If you seek to enhance your career or start a career in this exciting field this webinar is for you!


Isabella Ruble is an economist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Office working in the Policy and Analysis Team. Isabella is passionate about data analytics, energy economics, and policy. Prior to this appointment she was an associate professor at American University of Beirut and served as faculty at Georgetown University, and George Mason University. Isabella has also worked in consulting on a project for Europe Aid overseas. She works on a wide variety of energy issues including CO2 emissions and renewable energies. Some of her more recent publications analyze the Brent-WTI spread, the U.S. crude oil refining industry, the role of natural gas in the EU and the problem of final disposal of U.S. spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants. She is fluent in English, French and German.


Madeline Jowdy is a senior consultant on FTI’s North American energy market modeling and economic impact analysis team. In that role, she manages FTI’s Global LNG and Carbon Mitigation Service which provides advisory services to international oil and gas companies, utilities, financial institutions, investment funds, energy providers, governments, regulatory agencies, and municipalities looking to navigate the energy transition. She recently completed a certification in Scope 3 emissions assessment from the GHG Protocol. Prior to joining FTI, Madeline headed PIRA's, now part of S&P Global Platts, Global LNG Service where she developed the global gas supply/demand balance and sector by sector demand forecast for the growing number of LNG importers and was responsible for PIRA’s short and long term Asia price forecasting. Her formative years were spent in the oil patch in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and after obtaining an undergraduate degree in economics and international relations, she began her career in the energy business as a correspondent covering the global LNG market. 

Madeline has a B.A. in economics and international relations from American University and completed a master’s program in Middle East studies at Georgetown University, specializing in energy economics. 

Jessica Lin is a Group Product Manager for Oracle Utilities Opower’s Data Engineering team. Prior to her current role, she served as a Senior Fellow to the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Policy to support Mission Innovation. Formerly, she led international clean energy deployment efforts with the World Bank Group, primarily focused on what role the Bank could play to commercialize clean energy technologies. She started her career in the private sector, working in finance and strategic management consulting, before leading a wireless mesh technology social enterprise startup. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Dr. R. Dean Foreman is chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute and an expert in the economics and markets for oil, natural gas and power with more than two decades of industry experience including ExxonMobil, Talisman Energy, Sasol, and Saudi Aramco in forecasting & market analysis, corporate strategic planning, and finance/risk management. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Florida and is known for knowledge of energy markets, applying advanced analytics to assess risk in these markets, and clearly and effectively communicating with management, policy makers and the media.

Matt Kolesar is the Chief Environmental Scientist at ExxonMobil. In that role, he leads global advocacy and issue management of methane and flaring, as well as managing corporate sustainability focus areas for water, land and habitat, and operational waste. As Chief, he provides advanced expert technical leadership consultation and advice to senior leaders on sustainability topics central to business decisions and priorities. Throughout his 23-year career with ExxonMobil, Matt has held a variety of leadership positions at ExxonMobil in the Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals businesses. Matt has B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron, Ohio, and is an avid runner.

George Abchee is working as a graduate research assistant at the Middle East Institute’s Program for Economics and Energy. He is a Lebanese American who focuses on international economics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in geography and economics from the University of Florida and he is currently pursuing a Masters in International Economic Policy at George Washington University; he expects to graduate in August of this year.


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