Board Member Biographies

Edward L. Morse is Chair of the Energy Forum Advisory Board and Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research at Citi. He held similar positions at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as 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 of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly", he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and consulting for the UN Security Council on the design and negotiation of the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq. Morse frequently writes guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often is a commentator for Bloomberg TV and CNBC. He serves on advisory boards at Columbia and Princeton Universities and the business school at the University of Colorado. He is a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and in 2018 was named by Petroleum Economist in its inaugural “Global Energy Elite” issue as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy banking and finance.

Dr. Morse earned his doctorate in politics at Princeton University and his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Louise Burke is President, 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, Energy Forum Advisory Board and serves as the Academic Director of the graduate program in Global Affairs at New York University's  Center for Global Affairs. She is a Clinical Professor where she teaches graduate level courses examining the geopolitics of energy, comparative energy politics, energy, environment and resource security, a regional course focusing on Central Asia.

Dr. Kissane is Coordinator of the Energy and Environmental Policy concentration at the Center and is faculty adviser to the Energy Policy International Club (EPIC). She was awarded the esteemed NYU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, the SCPS Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, and nominated for the NYU-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2018.   She is a recipient of the Graduate Enhancement Area and Language Studies Award, Fulbright-Hayes Dissertation Award, IREX Grants, NYU Curricular Development Challenge Fund Grant, and NYU Dean's Research Grant.

She was named Breaking Energy's Top Ten New York Women in Energy and Top Ten Energy Communicator. She hosts Fueling our Future, an energy series she moderates which bring in energy and environment experts for conversation and debate. She also serves on the boards of the NYU Tandon Clean Start Advisory Board, CIV-Lab, and Art for Refugees in Transition. Dr. Kissane received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Rob Cassidy is Treasurer, Energy Forum Advisory Board and Senior Marketing Manager for Saudi Aramco’s US affiliate Saudi Petroleum International Inc.  In that position, he is responsible for Saudi Aramco’s crude oil marketing in the Americas, customer relationships, and crude pricing.  In addition, he is responsible for fundamental analysis of crude markets in the Americas, monitoring regional crude supply, demand, logistical, and pricing trends for Saudi Aramco.

Prior to Saudi Petroleum, Mr. Cassidy worked at the Saudi Arabian Refining & Marketing Company (SAMAREC) in their New York City office called Petronal, prior to its merger with Saudi Aramco.  His focus was on marketing products surplus to Saudi Arabia, especially straight run fuel oil and LPG, to the Americas.  In addition, he provided global oil supply/demand analysis to the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum.

Previous to Petronal, Mr. Cassidy worked at the Energy Intelligence Group from 1989 through mid-1991.  During 1980-1988, he worked for Royal Dutch Shell’s New York affiliate Scallop Petroleum in the Planning Department, eventually becoming Planning Manager for this mini-conglomerate with interests in residual and distillate fuel oil marketing, lubricants, coal, nuclear, and seed-breeding.  Mr. Cassidy started his career in the oil business with Texaco in the company’s Finance & Economics Department as an oil economist.

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, Energy Forum Advisory Board. He is Managing Director at Hartree Partners and sits on the company’s Operating Committee.  Hartree is a proprietary commodity trading firm owned by management and funds controlled by Oaktree Capital. 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 of Law and Diplomacy. She was formerly the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and 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, Jaffe previously served as senior advisor for sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer at the University of California, Regents and as executive director for energy and sustainability at University of California, Davis where she led research on low or zero carbon fuels and transportation policy. 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.

A frequent media commentator, Jaffe serves on the leadership council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economics and holds a Senior Fellow award from that organization for her career contributions to the field of energy economics. Jaffe is a member of the Global Future Council on Net Zero Transition at the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Antoine Halff is chief analyst and founding partner of Kayrros, a leader in the use of satellite imagery combined with other large data sets to create global insights. He is also adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.

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, and director of the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group, among others. President Bill Clinton called his book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, "a must-read for anyone serious about creating meaningful solutions to end poverty."

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 new 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 a Managing Director and co-head of the Energy Practice at Medley Global Advisors (MGA), with a focus on oil and petroleum product markets. He joined MGA from Credit Suisse in November 2017, where he covered energy commodities, including 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 an emphasis on oil and natural gas. She is a longtime energy market analyst, having spent the past 15+ years producing thought-leading research at major banks. The bulk of her career was spent leading energy strategy and research for the commodity derivatives sales and trading desks at CIBC World Markets, JPMorgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank. Ms. Spector was responsible for the banks' energy price forecasts and market views, and she produced analysis of global energy supply-demand fundamentals, price behavior, market structure, and geopolitical risks. 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 a non-resident Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. She is also on the board of the New York Energy Forum, an educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge about energy issues. She serves as an advisory committee member for environmental non-profit Scenic Hudson. Prior to her work on Wall Street, she worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group and as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, held term membership at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has appeared regularly in print and television media on a wide range of energy issues.

Ms. Spector graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petro-states, and implications for democratization.

Kibui Pyron is Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Stakeholder Communications at Moody's Corporation. She previously served for 15 years as the Energy/Climate Change/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, policy, communications, and investment and trade promotion across all aspects of the Canadian energy sector, focusing on engagement with the U.S. public and privates 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 based in New York. He is responsible for views pertaining to energy markets including macro supply and demand fundamentals. 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 on issues pertaining to energy policy and budgeting. Michael is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. He serves on the Advisory Board of Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley based Artificial Intelligence tech company where his work lies at the intersection of Big Oil and Big Data. He also serves on the Board of the New York Energy Forum 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 Chief Operating Officer, S&P Global Platts, a division of S&P Global and the leading global provider of insight and benchmarks for the energy and commodity markets. As COO, Sue Avinir brings corporate goals to the finish line.

With more than 25 years of leadership experience in driving change, Sue works closely with Platts’ President to bring a strategic eye to Platts’ growth and priorities. She drives organizational excellence and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Sue keeps the business strategy aligned with its operations, leads the successful integration of both acquisitions and transformational initiatives, and oversees Global Trading Services, driving benchmark adoption through exchange relationships and licensing.

During her 18 years with S&P Global, Sue’s management consulting background has proved advantageous for a number of divisions she has stewarded, including senior positions at S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Platts, and in S&P Global Corporate functions. Platts relies on Sue to move forward solid business plans that keep the company efficient, effective and relevant to its customers.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Science 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 for outstanding leadership, commitment to operational excellence and passion for building a diverse and inclusive workplace and a WeQual Award Finalist, recognizing exemplary women one level below the executive committees across the S&P 500. Sue is a Board Member of The Energy Forum and the Commodity Markets Council. In her spare time, Sue enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and participating in volunteer activities with her community.