Darius W. Gaskins Jr.
Darius W. Gaskins, Jr. is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC). Dr. Gaskins has had a distinguished career in industry, government, and academia and is a founding partner of Norbridge, Inc.
He is a former Chairman of Resources for the Future; served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Burlington Northern Railroad; Senior Vice President, Natomas North America; Chairman, Interstate Commerce Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Analysis at the Department of Energy; directed the economic analysis efforts at the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Trade Commission; and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California-Berkeley.
Mr. Gaskins holds a Ph.D in economics and Masters in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy (distinguished graduate).
Lucian (Lou) Pugliaresi is President of the Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC). Mr.Pugliaresi has served in a wide range of government posts, including the National Security Council at the White House (Reagan Administration), Departments of State, Energy, and Interior, as well as the EPA. He has written extensively on energy and has testified before various committees of the U.S. Congress.
Among his publications are “EIS’s. Vs. the Real World”, The Public Interest, 1978, “Policy Analysis at the Department of State,” Journal and Policy Analysis and Management, 1989 ; “Energy Security: How Valuable is Caspian Oil”, Policy Brief 3, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, JFK School, Harvard, Cambridge; “Silent Disruption Limiting Oil Supply,” Oil and Gas Journal July 2010 (with Ben Montalbano); “The American Clean Energy and Security Act,” An EPRINC Assessment of Capacity and Employment Losses in the Domestic Refining Industry, Oil and Gas Journal, November 23, 2009; “Offshore Drilling, An Argument in its Defense, Oil (Italy), September 2010. North Dakota’s Shale Oil (JOGMEC Petroleum Journal (in Japanese; <特別寄稿> 米国ノースダコタ);
Mr. Pugliaresi is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Among his recent publications are “Future Oil Supplies Can Lower Prices Today,” Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2011; “Lessons of the Shale Gas Revolution,” Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2011; “The Keystone Debacle,” Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2011; “North America’s Strategic Loss: Keystone XL Pipeline and the High Cost of the American Regulatory Regime,” Geopolitics of Energy, Canadian Energy Research Institute, Dec – Nov 2011. “Keystone Can Help the Gulf—and the Northeast,” Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2012. “Time to Rethink Renewable Fuel Rules,” CNBC online, April 18, 2013.
Director, Special Projects
Lawrence J. Goldstein, previous President of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation (PIRINC), is currently a trustee with the Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC). He also serves as Director of Special Projects for EPRINC. Mr. Goldstein is an internationally recognized authority on petroleum markets.He has extensive advisory relationships with energy companies, research institutes and government agencies. He has testified before numerous Congressional Committees and regulatory bodies, and has been been appointed to the National Petroleum Council (NPC) by every Secretary of Energy. He has briefed the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, senior officials at the General Accounting Office, and a wide range of other government agencies on developments in domestic and world petroleum markets. He has also served as consultant to the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority. He was a founder and President of the PIRA Energy Group, an energy consulting firm that is currently retained by nearly 400 companies.
Senior Advisor – Downstream Projects
Max Pyziur has been with EPRINC since 2015. In this period he has authored and produced extensive reports on Condensates, Gasoline Blending, and the Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as providing supporting material for EPRINC’s presentations and Congressional testimony.
Previously, he has held Senior Analytical roles at PIRA Energy and CPM Group, both commodities market consultancies, and at financial service organizations such as Victory Capital and Banc of America Securities.
He has given interviews to news organizations such as theStreet.com, Radio France International, and Voice of America, and has had articles published in investment-related magazines such as Commodities Now and Equities Magazine.
Mr. Pyziur received his MBA in Finance from the Olin School at Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from St. Louis University.
Trisha Curtis is a research analyst at EPRINC. She has recently finished her Master of Science (MSc) degree in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and wrote her MSc Dissertation on Chinese National Oil Companies. Ms. Curtis has a long standing interest in energy which has been fueled by time spent working at oil and gas sites in Colorado and Wyoming. She did her undergraduate work at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she double majored in Economics and Politics and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
John Lichtblau, former Chairman of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation (PIRINC), has retired and has now been appointed to the position of Honorary Chairman of the Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC). He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a recipient of the International Association for Energy Economics award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession. Mr. Lichtblau is recognized worldwide for his decades of objective analysis of the oil industry and its policy issues.
Jeffrey M. Kissel
Jeffrey M. Kissel previously served as president and chief executive officer of The HawaiiGAS, the gas utility serving all of the Hawaiian Islands. Jeff started his career at Pacific Resources, the parent of HawaiiGAS in 1974 as assistant treasurer and manager of crude oil supply. He left the company in 1984 and, over a span of 20 years, worked with companies in North America, Europe and Asia in global finance, operations and growth strategy. He has hands-on experience in the utility, petroleum, engineering and construction industries. During the last 10 years, he has focused on environmental engineering, renewable energy and environmental remediation where he served in senior leadership positions shaping corporate strategy, developing new technology and preparing organizations to participate successfully in the 21st Century global economy. Jeff received his MBA and BBA degrees with honors from the University of Hawaii, where he was a Rhodes scholarship finalist. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Hawaii Business Roundtable and as a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Hawaii’s ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P., the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts as well as Pacific Rim Bank providing guidance for that institution as it emerged from the financial crisis.
Steve Gallogly has worked on international energy issues for over 30 years, most recently at the IEA in Paris, as Head of the Europe, Middle-East and Africa Division (2012 to 2015). He joined the IEA after a distinguished career at the US Department of State, formulating and coordinating US International Energy Policy, as the Director of the Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy (1998 to 2011). During this period, he also served as the US Government Representative on the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) (2007 to 2011), and also as Vice Chair of the IEA’s Standing Group on Global Energy Dialogue (1999 to 2011). Previously, Steve was the Chief of the Energy Office’s Division of Energy Producer Country Affairs (1990 to 1998). Steve first joined the State Department Energy Office in 1983. After joining the State Department in 1976, Steve was assigned as a Foreign Service Officer to the US Embassy in Bonn (1977 to 1979). Subsequently, he worked in the State Department’s Office of EastWest Trade, and for the Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. He also worked as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman Norman Mineta. Prior to the State Department, Steve was an Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he did labor market research and drafted articles for publication in the Monthly Labor Review. Steve graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1975.
Bob Greco worked as a senior trade association executive specializing in energy, environment, and transportation issues. He is best known for being a prominent advocate at the American Petroleum Institute, where he most recently led industry legislative and regulatory efforts on fuels, refining, marketing, and oil sands issues.
Over his 25-year career at API, Bob led advocacy on a wide range of oil and gas industry issues, including exploration and production activities, policy analysis, climate change issues, marine transportation, refining, gasoline and jet fuel production issues, and Clean Air Act implementation efforts. He has testified before various committees of Congress, federal agencies, and state legislatures, and frequently appeared on television, in print, on-line, and on the radio.
Before API, Bob was an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with expertise in automotive emission control technologies. He has a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and a B.A. in Biology from Colgate University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude).