The Center for Energy Studies hosted a public discussion with Frank Fannon, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State, following an exclusive roundtable discussion on key minerals supply chains for energy. Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, led a conversation with Fannon. They discussed key strategic concerns for both energy and non-fuel minerals commodities across geographies of interest. The assistant secretary charted progress on State Department initiatives like the Energy Resource Governance Initiative and pointed to considerations that lie ahead for U.S. energy and minerals security, including robust supply chains for U.S. industry.
3:30 p.m. — Presentation
4:00 p.m. — Q&A
Francis R. Fannon serves as the assistant secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State. He oversees U.S. foreign policy in the critical intersection of energy and national security and promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability and prosperity around the world. Assistant secretary Fannon advises the Secretary on strategies to promote universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources and to strengthen energy security through policies that advance diverse, transparent and secure global markets for all energy types. Prior to this role, Fannon was the managing director of BHP’s Washington, D.C. Corporate Affairs office, where he developed a comprehensive U.S. strategy for the world’s largest diversified resources company. Before BHP, Fannon was a senior director at Murphy Oil Corporation in Washington, D.C. Fannon previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In that capacity, he drafted, negotiated and helped pass into law key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. He also served as counsel to Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Pete V. Domenici (R-NM). Fannon earned a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, a M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies and a B.A. from Radford University.
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