Daniel Yergin

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Quest & The Prize. Vice Chairman, IHS. Global Energy & Oil Expert

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    Daniel Yergin

    Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Quest & The Prize. Vice Chairman, IHS. Global Energy & Oil Expert

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: Massachusetts, USA

    Daniel Yergin is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Daniel Yergin Speaker Biography

    Speaker Daniel Yergin is a leading authority on energy, international politics and economics. Yergin is also a business leader, as vice chairman of IHS. IHS is one of the world’s largest research and information companies with 9000 employees. He is also founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, which became part of IHS in 2004.

    The New York Times described him as “America’s most influential energy pundit”. Daniel Yergin is a sought-after keynote speaker worldwide on energy and oil.

    Daniel Yergin’s bestselling books

    A Pulitzer Prize winner, Yergin is the author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The Economist described The Quest as “a masterly piece of work”. Similarly, The Financial Times called it “a triumph”. The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for CEO’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others. Also Bill Gates summed up his review saying, “This is a fantastic book.”

    Above all, Yergin is known around the world for his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power. The book was a New York Times best seller and is available in 20 languages.

    Of 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.” Both The Prize and Commanding Heights were made into award-winning television documentaries for PBS, BBC, and Japan’s NHK, which Yergin co-produced and co-wrote, and for which he was the leading narrator.

    His newest book is The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, published in 2020.

    Awards & Honors

    In 2014, 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.”

    Later, Yergin received the United States “Energy Award” for lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding. He received the “Charles Percy Award for Public Service” from the Alliance to Save Energy. The International Association for Energy Economics gave Yergin its 2012 award as well.

    In 2020, he received the “Energy Writer of the Year” award from the American Energy Society.

    Daniel Yergin’s work

    Yergin serves on the US Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development.

    Yergin is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a director of the United States Energy Association, the New America Foundation, and of the US-Russia Business Council. Additionally, he’s a member of the Advisory Boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and of Singapore’s International Energy Advisory Board. Lastly, he is also a “Wise Man” of the International Gas Union and a member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas. In 2012, he became an adjunct professor at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing.

    Yergin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. There, he founded The New Journal. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

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    Daniel Yergin Keynote Topics

    In this gripping keynote speech based on his international bestselling book "The Quest", Pulitzer prize winner Daniel Yergin will talk about the quest for the energy that our world needs.

    A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin will show how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin will take you into the decisions that are shaping our future. The drama of oil - the struggle for access, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it - continues to profoundly affect our world.

    Yergin will tell the inside stories of the oil market and the surge in oil prices, the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive mergers that transformed the landscape of world oil. He will tackle the toughest questions: Will we run out of oil? Are China and the United States destined to come into conflict over oil? How will a turbulent Middle East affect the future of oil supply?

    In this keynote speech based on his international bestseller "The Prize", Daniel Yergin will recount the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations.

    The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself. The canvas of this history is enormous - from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.

    In this keynote based based on his international bestseller, The Commanding Heights, Pulitzer prize winner Daniel Yergin will talk about the most powerful political and economic force in the world today -- the epic struggle between government and the marketplace that has, over the last twenty years, turned the world upside down and dramatically transformed our lives. Yergin will explain the revolution in ideas that is reshaping the modern world by providing the historical perspective, the global vision, and the insight to help us understand the tumult of the past half century.

    Daniel Yergin Speaking Videos

    Daniel Yergin – The Quest: Energy, Security, and the remaking of the Modern World
    Oil Demand Will Drop Due to Coronavirus: Daniel Yergin