Adam Sieminski Joins CSIS as James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Adam Sieminski has joined the CSIS Energy and National Security Program as the new James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics. Mr. Sieminski will succeed the Schlesinger Chair’s inaugural holder, Frank Verrastro, who will become trustee fellow and senior vice president at CSIS.

Mr. Sieminski comes to CSIS after serving as administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from June 2012 to January 2017. Prior to leading EIA, he served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House and was previously Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist for nearly 15 years.

“We are honored to have Adam join our energy team at CSIS,” said John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO. “He brings with him a vast array of energy knowledge and experience and also a superb reputation around the world and in Washington as a trusted source of sound advice and insights.”

“Adam is one of the top energy thought leaders in the world today,” noted Sarah Ladislaw, director of the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. “We are unbelievably fortunate to have remarkable experts like Adam and Frank, who have dedicated their careers to helping all energy stakeholders—policymakers, companies, financial houses, and nonprofits—understand the changing energy landscape.”

Mr. Sieminski spent the bulk of his career at Deutsche Bank, working with the bank’s global research and trading units, where he drew on extensive industry, government, and academic sources to forecast energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics, involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices.
Before this, Mr. Sieminski was the senior energy equities analyst for NatWest Securities, covering the major U.S. international integrated oil companies. He is a senior fellow and former president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and served as president of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski to the National Petroleum Council (NPC), where he helped author NPC’s global oil and gas study, The Hard Truths.

Mr. Sieminski has previously served as a nonresident senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS. He also served as an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, was chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and a member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the Council on Foreign Relations. He belongs to the CFA Society Washington, D.C., and holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. Sieminski received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University.