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Plenary Session Keynote

Speaker – Daniel Yergin, IHS Markit

Monday, 27 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–8:40 a.m.  |  Denver, Colorado

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Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations 

“Energy Independence” – something that eight U.S. presidents called for yet seemed unattainable. But the U.S. oil and gas industry has now delivered it. What does the future hold for oil and gas in a new era of “energy transition” and, geopolitically, great power competition between the United States and China?

Daniel Yergin tackles these questions in his new book The New Map and will address them in a dialogue with the audience at IMAGE ’21.


Daniel Yergin
Vice Chairman, IHS Markit Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power and recently published The New Map

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, one of the leading information and advisory firms in the world with 16,000 employees worldwide.

Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”

Dr. Yergin’s new book The Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations is described by the London Sunday Times as a “wonderful book”. In it, The Wall Street Journal observes, “Daniel Yergin turns his considerable talents to explaining how the world continues to be shaped by oil.” USA Today said, “At a time when solid facts and reasoned arguments are in full retreat, Daniel Yergin rides to the rescue.” Another review called The New Map “a page turner”. He was named Energy “Writer of the Year” in 2020 by the American Energy Society.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Yergin is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (published in China by PIP). The Quest has been described by the Financial Times as “a triumph.” The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for C.E.O.’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others.

Bill Gates summed up his review of The Quest by saying, “This is a fantastic book.”

Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It became a number one New York Times best seller and has been translated into 20 languages, including Chinese.

Of Dr. Yergin’s book Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, which has been translated into 13 languages, The Wall Street Journal said, “No one could ask for a better account of the world’s political and economic destiny since World War II.”

Dr. Yergin has served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump.

In 2019, Yergin and former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz led a major 229- page study, Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation, which was conducted for the Breakthrough Energy coalition, led by Bill Gates. The study, which the Financial Times described as “lighting some torches”, identified ten areas for transformational energy breakthroughs.

Dr. Yergin chairs the annual International Energy Executive Forum in Beijingit and the India Energy Forum. He is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He serves on the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve.

Dr. Yergin is on the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and is a member of Singapore’s International Energy Panel and the Energy Think Tank for India’s ministry of petroleum.

Dr. Yergin holds a BA from Yale University, an M from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.


Plenary Session Keynote
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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