Board Member Biographies


Edward L. Morse Chairs the Energy Forum Advisory Board and is Global Head of Commodities Research at Citi. He held similar positions at Lehman and Credit Suisse, taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins, worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher at Energy Intelligence, he also worked at Hess Energy Trading. As a consultant helped design Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisted the UN Security Council on the design and negotiation of the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Program. He writes op-eds for the FT, NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often comments at Bloomberg TV and CNBC. He has been a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and was named by Petroleum Economist as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy finance.

Louise Burke is President of the Energy Forum Advisory Board and is currently working for Argus Media on strategic business initiatives for the company. Prior to this, Ms. Burke was Executive Director of the Energy Forum, and president of J.C. Energy, an energy consulting firm. She has worked extensively in the energy sector analyzing pricing and markets for Mobil Oil Canada, Alberta Energy Company and Petroleos DeVenezuela. In addition, as Vice-President, Marketing for the New York Mercantile Exchange she supervised major energy and metals futures and options product launches and was closely involved in the successful growth of energy commodity markets. Ms Burke has also been affiliated with the SIPA energy program at Columbia University, New York as an instructor in the area of petroleum markets trading since 2008. Ms. Burke holds a BA honors economics degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from New York University.

Carolyn Kissane is Secretary of the Energy Forum Advisory Board and serves as the Academic Director of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Director of NYU’s SPS Energy, Climate Justice, and Sustainability Lab. Carolyn Kissane’s areas of thought leadership and entrepreneurship include the Energy Transition, Sustainability Innovation, and Policy, as well as Cybersecurity. Dr. Kissane is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. She serves on the boards of the New York Energy Forum, New York Energy Week, and Clean Start Advisory Board. She was awarded Breaking Energy’s Top Ten New York Women in Energy and Top Ten Energy Communicator. She hosts Fueling our Future, which brings energy and environment experts together for discussion and debate. Dr. Kissane received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Rob Cassidy is Treasurer of the Energy Forum Advisory Board and Senior Marketing Manager for Saudi Aramco’s US affiliate Saudi Petroleum International Inc. He is responsible for Saudi Aramco’s crude oil marketing in the Americas, customer relationships, and crude pricing as well as fundamental analysis of crude markets. Previously, Mr. Cassidy worked at the Saudi Arabian Refining & Marketing Company (SAMAREC) in their New York City office called Petronal, before its merger with Saudi Aramco. He also provided global oil supply/demand analysis to the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum. Mr. Cassidy worked at the Energy Intelligence Group and at Royal Dutch Shell’s New York affiliate Scallop Petroleum in the 1980s. He started his career as an oil economist with Texaco in the Finance & Economics Department. Mr. Cassidy holds an MBA from CUNY’s Bernard Baruch College, a post master’s degree in finance from New York University and a BS degree in economics/math from SUNY, Oneonta.

Jason Lemme is Assistant Treasurer of the Energy Forum Advisory Board. He is a Managing Partner at Hartree Partners LP and sits on the company’s Executive Committee.  Mr. Lemme has served in various roles in trading, origination and investment since joining the company in 2002.  He graduated with a B.A. Economics (summa cum laude) from Rutgers University and earned a M.Sc. Global Market Economics from the London School of Economics.

Amy Myers Jaffe is Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University's Fletcher School. She was formerly Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on global energy policy and sustainability and frequent media commentator, Jaffe has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold, with Mahmoud El-Gamal. Her recent book Energy's Digital Future: Harnessing Innovation for American Resilience and National Security was published by Columbia University Press in 2021. She is chair of the steering committee of the Women in Energy Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy policy. Jaffe holds a Senior Fellow energy economics career award from USAEE.

Antoine Halff is adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy and chief analyst and founding partner at Kayrros, a data analytics company that leverages artificial intelligence, advanced mathematics and satellite imaging to help its clients track energy and commodity flows, monitor industrial assets and reduce their climate footprint. Earlier, he served as chief oil analyst of the International Energy Agency in Paris, lead industry economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, head of commodities research at Newedge, a Société Générale subsidiary, and director of the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group, among others. His book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, was released by Oxford University Press in 2014. Mr. Halff holds an advanced degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Masters from Université Paris VII.

David H. Knapp is Chief Energy Economist and Senior Editor for Global Oil Market Analysis at Energy Intelligence Group in New York. He served as Editor of EIG's monthly Oil Market Intelligence from 2001 to 2017. He has analyzed energy markets for 40 years in the international, government, business and financial sectors. He was former President of the New York Energy Forum and a founding member and 2018 President of the International Association for Energy Economics. Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jason Bordoff is a professor of professional practice at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. He joined the Columbia University in January 2013, and his research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Bordoff served at the White House holding senior policy positions at the National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. He advanced to the positions of special assistant to the president and senior director for energy and climate change on the staff of the National Security Council.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Bordoff was the policy director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the board of the Association of Marshall Scholars. During the Clinton administration, he served as an advisor to the deputy secretary of the US Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies.

Mr. Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He also holds an MLitt from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.

Johannes (Jan) Stuart leads the energy-macro team at Cornerstone Macro. A self-described oil-geek, Mr. Stuart and his team take a micro-fundamentals approach to energy analysis and forecasting – which frequently lands them away from consensus. Before joining Cornerstone, Jan spent 11 years in sell-side research, building leading energy-macro franchises at Credit Suisse, Macquarie and UBS. He was a journalist for much of the nineties and started his career at the International Energy Agency in Paris. Mr. Stuart earned a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris; an MA in the same field from Boston University; and an MSc in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Johannes Van Der Tuin is an independent energy markets consultant and longtime analyst. He previously led the energy practice at Medley Global Advisors, with a focus on energy commodities, corporates and the energy transition. He joined MGA from Credit Suisse in November 2017, where he covered oil, natural gas, and US independent refiners as an equity analyst. He holds a M.A. in International Economics and International Affairs, with a focus on energy markets and politics, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Graduate Certificate in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC), as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College.

Katherine Spector is an independent consultant on energy markets and energy policy with ProSpector Energy Advisors. She is a longtime energy market analyst, having spent the past 15+ years producing thought-leading research at major banks including JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank where was responsible for the banks' energy price forecasts and market. Her work supported bank traders and originators in all major regions, and clients ranged from oil and gas companies, to institutional investors, to representatives of US and international government. Ms. Spector is also on the board of the New York Energy Forum and serves as an advisory committee member for environmental non-profit Scenic Hudson. She was previously a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, an adjunct faculty member at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and held term membership at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kibui Pyron is Vice President, Corporate Communications-Sustainability and ESG at Moody's Corporation, where she provides global strategic support for companywide climate-related research, solutions, and initiatives, as well as corporate sustainability efforts. She previously served for 15 years as the Energy/Climate/Environment Lead and a Senior Officer in the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service at the Consulate General of Canada in New York. There, she worked expansively in advocacy, communications, and investment/trade promotion across all aspects of the Canadian energy sector, focusing on engagement with the U.S. public and private sectors, and positioning within the U.S. market. Prior to the Consulate General, she worked for Seedco, a national community development non-profit organization, and for the Chief Policy Advisor in the Executive Office of the Governor of Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science and Mass Communications from Boston University.

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.

Sue Avinir is SVP and General Manager of Conferences & Advisory Solutions at S&P Global Commodity Insights, the leading global provider of research, benchmarks and consulting in energy and commodities.  Sue oversees a global team of experts bringing together commodity communities and providing value added consulting across the energy and commodity markets.  For over 30 years, Sue has held leadership positions across S&P Global and with management consulting firms.  Previously, Sue was Chief Operating Officer of S&P Global Platts, focused on Strategy/M&A, overall effective operations, and overseeing the Global Trading Services business. Sue holds a BS in Management Information Systems from The University of Albany and an MBA from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Sue is the recipient of the New York’s Academy of Women Leaders award and a WeQual Award Finalist, recognizing exemplary women one level below the executive committees across the S&P 500.