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Energy Futures Forum



The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is pleased to invite you to the Energy Futures Forum, an invitation-only conference on Monday, May 16th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.


This Forum is intended to bring together policy and market-minded participants to discuss key medium-term (8-10 years) emerging trends which could impact our energy future. The topics for discussion in this forum are the result of an extensive trend identification research program and consultations with government, industry and think tank experts.  This year’s preliminary agenda:


9:00 am–9:30 am              Welcome Breakfast and Project Overview


9:30 am–10:45 am            Theme #1 – Prospects for Economic Reform in the Middle East


Dr. Pritha Mitra, Senior Economist, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Dr. Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy, CSIS


Moderator:  Roger Diwan, Vice President, IHS Financial Services


11:00 am–12:15 pm         Theme #2 – Integrating Distributed Energy Resources: the Role for Advanced Lighting


Dr. Sonja Glavaski, Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Jonathan Dorsheimer, Senior Equity Analyst, Canaccord Genuity


Moderator: Michelle Melton, Associate Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, CSIS


12:30 pm–1:45 pm           Theme #3 – The Competitive Landscape for Natural Gas


Dr. Anthony Yuen, Global Energy Strategist, Citi Research

Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Research Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center


Moderator: Bassam Fattouh, Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


2:00 pm–3:15 pm             Theme #4 – The Future of Chinese Energy Investment Abroad


Thilo Hanemann, Director and Economist, Rhodium Group

Erica Downs, Senior Analyst, Eurasia Group


Moderator: Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director, China Program, CSIS


3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Wrap Up and Close



Each panel will be followed by a discussion of how impactful that trend could be in the medium term as well as implications for future energy markets. We hope that these robust discussions of emerging trends will contribute to public and private sector strategic planning efforts while also raising the overall quality of energy policy decision-making.


We will operate under Chatham House Rule and hope to engage all the participants in an active dialogue. The strategic insights from this event will inform our ongoing research and culminate in a final product.


Please RSVP no later than May 13th to We hope that you will be able to join us. Please feel free to reach out directly with any questions.

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