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Sarah Emerson

ESAI Energy


Areas of Expertise:

Energy Security, Infrastructure, Liquid Fuels, Oil

SARAH A. EMERSON is the President of Energy Security Analysis, Inc (ESAI), an independent energy research and forecasting firm located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Emerson joined ESAI in 1986. As Managing Principal of ESAI Energy, which is responsible for the Petroleum and Alternative Fuels consulting practice, she has developed many of ESAI’s proprietary analytical tools for assessing the liquid fuels markets and forecasting oil prices. In addition, she has supervised the development of an empirical source database of monthly oil data that cover the period January 1978 to present for every country in the world with particular focus on non-OECD countries. More broadly, she has conducted industry studies on a wide range of topics, such as the transfer of pollution in energy trade, the profitability of Asian refining, the future of the Asian bitumen market, petroleum product markets in the Indian Ocean, the outlook for global automotive fuel markets, the global market for heavy crude oil, and the future of the Russian refining industry. In 1992, she published the first description ever available in the West of the Russian refining sector. In addition to her market analysis and forecasting activities, Ms. Emerson is an expert witness in energy sector arbitration, and has been an adviser to the U.S., Japanese and Indian governments on energy security issues. She regularly publishes articles in the energy trade press, and is frequently quoted in the daily press and interviewed on television. Ms. Emerson was a 2004 Key Women in Energy Honoree. In 2004 and 2005, she was the Repsol-YPF Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University where she conducted research on the oil markets and energy policy. Ms. Emerson received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

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