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EIA Conference 2010
Session 5: Energy and the Economy
Moderator: Adam Sieminski, Deutsche Bank

Stephen P. A. Brown, Resources for the Future
Donald L. Paul, University of Southern California Energy Institute

  Moderator and Speaker Biographies

Adam Sieminski is the Chief Energy Economist for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank's global commodities research and trading units.  Drawing on extensive industry, government and academic sources, Mr. Sieminski forecasts energy market trends and writes on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, politics and commodity prices.  From 1998 to 2005, he served as the energy strategist for Deutsche Bank's global oil & gas equity team.  Mr. Sieminski was the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securities in the United States from 1988 until 1997, covering the major U.S. international integrated oil companies.  He has been president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts.

Mr. Sieminski is a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council, an advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, and helped author the NPC's Global Oil and Gas Study: The Hard Truths.  Mr. Sieminski also acts as a senior advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington and is an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins/SAIS.  He is a member of the London, New York, and Washington investment professional societies, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Mr. Sieminski received both his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and an M.P.A. from Cornell University.

Stephen P. A. Brown, Resources for the Future

Stephen P. A. Brown is a nonresident fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), where he also serves as co-director of RFF’s new Center for Energy Economics and Policy. Prior to joining RFF in 2009, Dr. Brown had a 27-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he was Director of Energy Economics and Microeconomic Public Policy and his work was instrumental in building the Dallas Fed’s reputation for excellence in energy economics. He has conducted research and published extensively on the economics of oil and natural gas markets and policy, the economic effects of energy price shocks, energy security, and public-sector economics. Dr. Brown is an associate editor for the journal Energy Economics, is a regular participant in meetings of the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, and is currently serving on the American Statistical Association’s advisory board for the U.S. Energy Information Administration. He also has worked on energy policy at Brookhaven National Laboratory and has taught at several universities including Arizona State University, the University of Colorado, Southern Methodist University and Tulane University.  Dr. Brown was recently honored as a senior fellow by the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and his coauthored article, “What Drives Natural Gas Prices?” has been recognized by the International Association for Energy Economics as the best article published in The Energy Journal during 2008.

Dr. Brown holds a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

Donald L. Paul, University of Southern California Energy Institute

Donald L. Paul is the Executive Director of the University of Southern California (USC) Energy Institute, where he also holds the William M. Keck Chair in Energy Resources. The USC Energy Institute was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development.

Dr. Paul had a distinguished career at Chevron, retiring in 2008 as the corporation’s vice president and chief technology officer. During his 33-year tenure at Chevron, he held a variety of positions in research and technology, exploration and production operations, and executive management, including service as president of Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary.

Dr. Paul was part of the 1997 Presidential Panel on Federal Energy Research and Development, the National Research Council, the FreedomCar and Fuel Board, and the 2007 landmark study by the National Petroleum Council for the Secretary of Energy. He holds an appointment as Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

In January 2010, Dr. Paul was invited to become a member of the distinguished Sclumberger Limited Technology Committee. The Technology Committee advises the Schlumberger Board of Directors on the structure, strategies, and priorities of their R&D portfolio, major technology and business trends, and university relations.

Dr. Paul holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, an M.S. in Geology and Geophysics, and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.