Panel on energy security and the price we have to pay





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Published on May 13, 2011

Justin Dargin is an Energy Research Fellow with The Dubai Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and a Fulbright Scholar of the Middle East. He worked for Owens Corning Global Headquarters, for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and was an energy research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies at Oxford University.

Furthermore, he has published widely in publications such as the Middle East Economic Survey or the Oil and Gas Journal. At the 37th St. Gallen Symposium, he qualified for a participation as Leader of Tomorrow through the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. Dargin holds a JD from Michigan State University and a Master of Law from Georgetown University.

Moritz Leuenberger (born in 1946) served as one of the seven members of the Government of Switzerland from 1995 to 2010. In this position he was principal of different departments such as the department of environment, transport, energy and communication as well as President of the Swiss Federal Council from 2001 to 2006. Prior to this, Leuenberger was member of the National Council from 1979 to 1995. Since 1969, he is member of the Sozialdemokratische Partei, one of the largest Swiss parties.

Among other engagements, Leuenberger is currently member of the Advisory Board of Implenia AG. He holds an honorary doctor of the University of Udine for his innovative transport political impulses for the European Community Law. Leuenberger graduated in law from the University of Zurich.

Hideichi Okada (born in 1951) has been Vice Minister for International Affairs of the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) since 2010. He looks back on more than thirty years of experience in ministries and government affiliated institutions, where he held notable positions such as executive assistant to former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi or Director General of the trade policy bureau of the METI.

In 2006, Okada became Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo and a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego as well as at Harvard Law School in 2007. Okada holds a Master of Laws from the latter.

Alexander Wokaun (born in 1952) has been Head of the General Energy Department of the Paul Scherrer Institute since 1994. Additionally, he teaches at the Chemistry Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. In July 2007, Wokaun was appointed Vice Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute for the Department of Energy Research. After having worked in the United States for IBM and Bell Laboratories for three years, he was appointed Professor of physical chemistry at the University of Bayreuth in 1986.

Alexander Wokaun's research interests lie in particular in the field of development of sustainable energy supply systems such as catalytic processes for energy storage. He holds a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach (born in 1941) has been Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International since 1990. Before joining the City University in 1976, he taught at the London School of Economics. Besides his position as professor of banking and interna¬tional finance at the City University, he served as Director of the Bank of England from 1983--1985. During the following five years, Lord Griffiths was responsible for domestic policymaking as Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit under Margaret Thatcher.

He has written extensively on the subject of the relationship of the Christian faith to politics and business and is an expert in economic issues. Lord Griffiths graduated from the London School of Economics.


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