Daniel Yergin is vice chairman of IHS Markit, a global information company, and founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). He is an authority on energy, international politics, and economics. Fortune called him "one of the planet's foremost thinkers about energy and its implications." Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power. His bestselling book The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World was described by the New York Times as "necessary reading for CEOs, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers" among many others. He also co-authored Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy and Energy Future: Report of the Energy Project at the Harvard Business School. Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award-winning PBS-BBC documentaries. Dr. Yergin received the United States Energy Award for "lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding." In 2014, the Prime Minister of India presented Dr. Yergin with “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded him the first “James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.” Dr. Yergin is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and on the advisory boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and Singapore’s International Energy Advisory Board. He is a “Wise Man” of the International Gas Union and became an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing.
Dr. Yergin holds a BA from Yale University, where he founded The New Journal, and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.