Daniel Yergin – Keynote Speaker

World authority on future of energy and Pulitzer Prize winner

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Specialist Subjects

  • The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations
  • The Future of Energy in the New World Economy
  • Oil, Power & Money: The Age of Energy Insecurity
  • Globalization and the New Geopolitics
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
  • The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy


  • English


How will the global shifts in energy, which is the foundation of the modern world, affect industries, economies and societies going forward, and is it truly possible for nations to reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050? Business and government leaders aiming at that target are hearing thoughtful advice from Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, Chairman of CERAWeek, and a preeminent global authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy. At a time when conversations around climate change and energy use can become heated and divisive, Yergin remains a highly respected voice of reason who advises decision makers across the planet.

A sought-after futurist and strategist, Yergin is the author of several major books including “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power,” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” (Penguin Press, New Edition September 2021), is a sobering yet even-handed look at how geopolitics and energy interests are reshaping global power structures. The London Sunday Times called “The New Map” a “wonderful book” and The Washington Post called it “a tour de force of geopolitical understanding.” Yergin’s insights and forecasts are of particular interest to investors, financial markets and leaders wondering how the changes ahead will impact industries and supply chains.

“My first book was on the origins of the Soviet-American Cold War,” explains Yergin. “I never expected to be writing a book about new cold wars. But as I was writing “The New Map,” it was becoming clearer that a new cold war is brewing between the U.S. and China. The reality is that the world of open trade and open commerce that became the norm after the last cold war is under great pressure. We have gone from an era of openness and easy travel to one of strategic rivalry and great power competition.”

When discussing the future, however, Yergin remains cautiously optimistic. During his talks, he is quick to shine a light on opportunities as well as risks, and describes a path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together – and the encouraging signposts along the way.

Yergin’s reputation precedes him. CERAWeek has been described by CNBC as “the Super Bowl of world energy,” Fortune called Yergin “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications” and The New York Times named him “America’s most influential energy pundit” and “one of the great chroniclers of our age.”

TIME Magazine proclaimed, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin,” and Forbes wrote, “Few see the geopolitical future like Daniel Yergin…Yergin is a rare writer who can synthesize economics, energy, history, geopolitics, and technology.”

A master storyteller and eloquent speaker, Yergin is an apolitical straight shooter who tells it like it is. When tackling often heavy issues, he steers clear of doomsday predictions and instead offers realistic and even hopeful perspectives on what to expect and how leaders can plan forward in an era of uncertainty and political turmoil. As for possible paths toward net zero, Yergin says part of the answer lies in carbon capture and other technological innovations.

Popular Talks by Daniel Yergin

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

At a time of global crisis, the world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change and the clashing power of nations. Out of this tumult, Daniel Yergin, global energy expert and master storyteller, draws the new map of energy and geopolitics – shaped by climate, the shale revolution, innovation, the United States’ tense relations with Russia and the growing rivalry with China. Concern about climate change is driving an energy transition in the quest for a world of net zero carbon. Trillions of dollars will be spent in this search, but it is also setting the stage for a new “North-South Divide” between developed and developing nations. At the same time, fracking technology has enabled the “shale revolution” in oil and gas, which almost overnight has made the United States the world’s number one energy powerhouse and transformed the world oil and global LNG markets, and reset global politics. The map of the Middle East, which was laid down after the First World War, is being challenged by jihadists, revolutionary Iran and ethnic and religious clashes. The region is increasingly aware of the uncertainty over oil’s future. All this has been made starker and more urgent by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on world economies. In this presentation, drawing on his latest book, “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” (Penguin Press, New Edition September 2021), as well as recent and emerging events, Dr. Daniel Yergin takes audiences on a riveting and timely journey across this new map, illuminating the great issues of geopolitics and energy, sketching our future in this era of rising political turbulence, and pointing to the profound challenges that lie ahead.

The Future of Energy in the New World Economy

What will it mean for world energy and political power if Asia overtakes North America to become the biggest part of the world economy? Could oil lose its monopoly position in fueling our cars? What would that mean for world politics? What happens if globalization falters, leading to a disappointing economic future, and a “global fissure?” In this talk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin, the world’s preeminent authority on energy, geopolitics and the global economy, explores how great changes in international politics, the global economy, technology and the environment will reshape the world and drive us into the future. He outlines the conflicting choices and visions for the world economy and addresses what the great battle over globalization is all about. He also identifies key risks and opportunities, and describes the path to a better, safer world where the interests of competitive nations can come together—and the encouraging signposts along the way.

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