The past decade of cheap and abundant natural resources prompted governments, policy makers, think tanks and many market participants to conflate energy abundance with energy independence. Events of the past year have altered that framework, leading to an imperative re-imagining of global energy security. Global oil and gas trade flows have been upended by sanctions, governments are re-writing policy playbooks and global energy majors are re-visiting capital investment roadmaps.

Does the current tumultuous global energy landscape suggest a doubling down on fossil fuels or an acceleration toward renewables? Or both? Our conversation includes, but seeks to extend beyond the dynamic involving Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and promises to be a broader discussion involving the re-imagining of global energy security, and how these themes may impact the near, medium and long term nature of the global investment landscape.

Please join us in this session either in person at the Consulate General of Canada in New York City or virtually via zoom webinar.


Amy Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe serves as Director of the Energy, Climate Justice and Sustainability Lab at New York University's School of Professional Studies and is a research professor who teaches graduate level courses examining global climate finance, energy and climate justice, and energy and climate policy. A leading expert on global energy policy, sustainability, and geopolitical risk, Ms. Jaffe is author of several books including her most recent book, “Energy’s Digital Future” published in 2021 by Columbia University Press. A frequent media commentator, Ms. Jaffe is co-chair of the Women in Energy Initiative at Columbia University and a faculty affiliate at the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Jaffe served as senior advisor on sustainability to the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California, Regents where she helped design the sustainable investing framework for the UC’s $140 billion in pension and endowment funds.

Ms. Jaffe is a regular contributor to the popular podcast “The Energy Gang” and a frequent media commentator in television and print media, including the New York Times, Financial Times of London, CNN International and the Wall Street Journal. A prolific author, Jaffe holds a career prize in energy economics from the US Association for Energy Economics and also served as the organization’s President in 2020. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations where she was a senior fellow for energy and environment from 2017 to 2020. Ms. Jaffe has advised numerous organizations on climate risk strategy and scenarios analysis including Ceres, the investor advocacy network, and major Fortune 500 companies.

Leslie Palti-Guzman

Leslie Palti-Guzman has 15 years of experience as a commodity market research analyst, political risk adviser, entrepreneur, and energy intelligence reporter. She is the cofounder and CEO of Gas Vista, a market intelligence and predictive analytics provider focused on seaborne commodity trade flows and shipping routes. The company’s predictive maritime platform, Leviaton, is a unique analytical and data solution to anticipate trends in liquefied natural gas (LNG) flows, shipping, and emissions.

She is also a senior Associate (Non-Resident), Energy Security and Climate at the think tank CSIS and a New York University SPS Center for Global Affairs senior non-resident fellow and the author of the Energy Vista podcast. Prior to founding Gas Vista, she was the head of Rapidan Energy Group’s Global Gas Service, a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and a senior analyst at Eurasia Group.

Ms. Palti-Guzman testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on challenges and opportunities for oil and gas development in different price environments. Ms. Palti-Guzman has established a strong professional reputation and is regularly asked to appear as a featured speaker at energy events and on television. She holds an MA in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also holds both an MA and BA in political science and international affairs from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen is Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining in bp’s Strategy, Sustainability & Ventures group. In this role, he is responsible for short, medium, and long term oil market and industry analysis that informs bp’s Leadership Team and the bp Energy Outlook.

Prior to joining bp in May 2019, Mr. Cohen was Barclays’ Global Head of Commodities Research. He also worked for a decade in the public sector as an Economist with the US Department of Energy, and as a senior member of the Oil Markets Division at the IEA. He is the chair of the US Association of Energy Economists’ Business committee, a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, and he serves on the boards of Our Energy Policy, the Middle East Institute, and the Deans Advisory Council for OSU’s College of the Arts and Sciences. He frequently lectures on energy, oil markets, and geopolitics at several universities.

Mr. Cohen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Political Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is fluent in Russian and French.


Michael Tran

Michael Tran is a Managing Director within the Global Energy Strategy Research team at RBC Capital Markets. He has spent nearly 15 years in the energy markets in research, sales and trading and investment banking with major banks like UBS based in London and energy trading platforms like BP based in Calgary. Michael's energy views are frequently quoted in media outlets and he routinely appears on television networks like Bloomberg, CNN and BNN. He is a frequent advisor to both the Canadian Federal and Alberta government. Michael is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley based Artificial Intelligence tech company, and on the Business Committee of the US Association of Energy Economists (USAEE). He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics.


5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration
6:00 - 7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Reception


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