AMY MYERS JAFFE, a Princeton University graduate in Arabic Studies, is the Wallace S. Wilson fellow for Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and associate director of the Rice University energy program, a multidisciplinary program that includes activities addressing energy science and technology policy and research on emerging energy technologies, environmental implications of energy production and use and sustainable strategies for fulfilling the world’s energy needs. Ms. Jaffe leads the Baker Institute Energy Forum, a multifaceted center that promotes original, forward-looking discussion and research on the energy-related challenges that face society in the 21st century. The mission of the Baker Institute Energy Forum is to promote the development of informed and realistic public policy choices in the energy area by educating policy makers and the public about important trends—both regional and global—that shape the nature of global energy markets and include the quantity and security of vital supplies needed to fuel world economic growth and prosperity. Ms. Jaffe’s energy programs support projects in 13 departments and five centers at Rice University.
Ms. Jaffe’s research focuses on the subject of oil geopolitics, strategic energy policy including energy science policy, and energy economics. Ms. Jaffe is widely published in academic journals and numerous book volumes including a co-authored article in The National Interest “The New Geopolitics of Oil, ” (2003); in Foreign Affairs “The Shocks of a World of Cheap Oil,” (2000); in Survival “Beijing’s Oil Diplomacy: (2002) and the chapter on Oil Geopolitics in the Encyclopedia of Energy. She served as co-editor of Energy in the Caspian Region: Present and Future (Palgrave, 2002). Her other works include numerous articles and book chapters on oil in the Middle East, Russia, China, and the Caspian Basin as well as on the subject of U.S. energy policy.
Ms. Jaffe was among the 2004 Key Women in Energy-Americas honorees in the Pathfinders/Trailblazers category, which recognizes "women who broke traditional barriers or changed the face of the energy industry at some point in their career." She received the 1994 Award for Excellence by the International Association for Energy Economics and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jaffe has served as an advisor to the U.S. National Intelligence Council study on Energy to 2015, as project director for the Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations task force on Strategic Energy Policy and as a principal advisor to US AID’s project on Options for Developing a Long Term Sustainable Iraqi Oil Industry. She is a principal author of the Baker Institute’s numerous energy studies that cover energy policy and trends in the Middle East, Caspian Basin, China, Russia and Japan as well as emerging technologies in the nuclear, nano-technology and natural gas sectors. Ms. Jaffe is currently organizing a major study on the role of national oil companies for the Baker Institute and was a major contributor to the recent joint Baker Institute/CFR task force on Guiding Principles for US Post-Conflict Policy in Iraq. Prior to joining the Baker Institute, Ms. Jaffe was the senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, a respected oil journal. Ms. Jaffe has written for a variety of publications including the New York Times, Dow Jones International, The Asian Wall Street Journal and the Mideast Report. Ms. Jaffe is a frequent key note speaker at major energy industry conferences and is a widely-quoted commentator on oil and energy policy in the international media. She appears regularly on a variety of television news programs including CNN, MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, Fox News, MSNBC, Good Morning America and local broadcasts in New York and Houston.