At this special luncheon, State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos J Hochstein discussed the geopolitics of energy and how the Obama administration is focusing efforts on energy diplomacy.
Amos J Hochstein leads the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State as the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. He oversees U.S. foreign policy engagement at the critical intersection of energy and national security. In this role, he advises the secretary of state on global energy security and diplomacy, and promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability and prosperity around the world. He also advises the secretary on U.S. strategy to advance global integration of renewable and clean energy sources.
Hochstein previously served as deputy assistant secretary for energy diplomacy and, in that capacity, oversaw the Office of Middle East & Asia and the Office of Europe, the Western Hemisphere & Africa, where he led the bureau’s energy diplomacy efforts. Before joining the State Department, Hochstein spent more than 15 years advising U.S. elected officials, candidates for public office and thought leaders on domestic and global energy policy initiatives.
He began his career on Capitol Hill, where he worked in a variety of senior level positions, and was ultimately the senior policy advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hochstein first served as the principal Democratic staff member of the Economic Policy, Trade & Environment Subcommittee, where he oversaw work authorizing the Export-Import Bank, OPIC and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, in addition to drafting legislation on export controls and trade-related multilateral organizations and regimes. He also held the positions of policy director to Sen. Chris Dodd and senior policy advisor to then-Gov. Mark Warner. Harnessing his experience in policy, campaigning and the public sector, Hochstein moved to the private sector as executive vice president of international operations at Cassidy & Associates. Throughout his career, he has been a counselor for both domestic and international oil and gas companies as well as companies focusing on renewable energy, and he has assisted corporations in assessing potential new markets and developing alternative sources of power and best strategies to bring them to market.
11:30 am – Lunch
Noon – Presentation