In the midst of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies hosted His Excellency Philippe Etienne, the ambassador of France to the United States, to discuss energy security, energy transitions and international relations. Ambassador Etienne offered a timely perspective on the energy challenges that are now at the center of transatlantic relations, a few weeks after the U.S.-EU Energy Council released a joint statement on energy and as France holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the energy transition as a top priority.
This event was exclusive to members of the Roundtable, Roundtable Young Professionals and Energy Forum through the link in their email invitation. Students in the Master of Global Affairs and Master of Energy Economics programs also received complimentary admission.
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His Excellency Philippe Etienne is the ambassador of France to the United States. He previously held numerous posts within the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, notably including ambassador of France to Romania (2002-2005), director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007-2009), permanent representative of France to the European Union (2009-2014), ambassador of France to Germany (2014-2017) and most recently, diplomatic adviser to the President (2017-2019).
Etienne is an expert on the European Union and continental Europe. He has held posts in Moscow, Belgrade, Bucharest, Bonn, Berlin and Brussels. He has also served as an adviser in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on several occasions.
A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (“Voltaire” Class, 1980), Etienne also holds an agrégation (teaching diploma) in mathematics, has a degree in economics and is a graduate of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Serbo-Croatian). He speaks English, German, Spanish, Russian and Romanian. He is an Officer of the Legion of Honor and a Commander of the National Order of Merit.
Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute