Daniel Yergin is vice chairman of IHS Markit, one of the world’s leading information and advisory firms, and chairman of IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference, which CNBC calls “the Super Bowl of energy,” and of its India Energy Forum. He is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics. Yergin served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under four presidents. He is a senior trustee of the Brookings Institution and serves on the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve.
Yergin’s newest book is The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations. He is author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World; and Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War. He is coauthor of The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy and Russia 2010 and What It Means for the World. Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into PBS/BBC television series. In 2019, Yergin and former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz led a major study, Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation.
The prime minister of India presented Yergin with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded him the first James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security. In 2015, the University of Pennsylvania presented him with the first Carnot Prize for “distinguished contributions to energy policy.” Yergin was also awarded both the U.S. Energy Award and the Gold Medal of the President of Italy.
Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.