"Global Energy Challenges", Amb. Richard H. Jones
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS LECTURE
Fletcher Energy CLUB (FLEC)
Ambassador Richard H. Jones
Deputy Executive Director, Emeritus,
International Energy Agency (IEA)
“Global Energy Challenges”
October 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM | Reception-Lecture
The Chase Center, Carmichael Hall
Richard H. Jones served as Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency from 1 October 2008 to 30 September 2013. Ambassador Jones, a former American diplomat, served in the IEA with over thirty years of diplomatic and policy experience on issues ranging from Middle East politics to trade negotiations and energy security. After a rapid rise through the ranks of the US Foreign Service, he served as the American Ambassador to four countries: Israel (2005-2008), Kuwait (2001-2004), Kazakhstan (1998-2001) and Lebanon (1996-1998). He also acted as the US Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor and Co-ordinator for Iraq Policy from February-August, 2005.
During his diplomatic career Ambassador Jones gained a wide range of policy experience in energy policy. As Ambassador in Kuwait, he held discussions with international oil companies and with the Minister of Petroleum on production-sharing proposals. In Kazakhstan, he was the key liaison between the US government and the Presidency on the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline and other critical energy issues. In an earlier diplomatic posting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he forecast, analysed and reported on changes in Saudi policy that eventually resulted in the collapse of world oil prices in 1986. In Riyadh he also reported on the development of the Saudi petrochemical industry and held talks with Iraqi officials then working to build the first Iraq pipeline in Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Jones also is well-versed in the work of international organisations. Early in his diplomatic career he served as Economic Policy Advisor at the US Mission to the OECD.
Born in 1950 near Shreveport, Louisiana, Ambassador Jones has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with distinction from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, and an MS and PhD in Business/Statistics from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to his native English, his foreign languages include Arabic, French, Russian and German. He and his wife Joan have four children.
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Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series and Fletcher Energy Club (FLEC)
Charles Francis Adams or “Charlie” to those who know him well was a long-time Chairman of the Fletcher School Board of Visitors (now Board of Overseers.)
Mr. Adams, was a direct descendent of both the 2nd U.S. President, John Adams and the 6th U.S. President, John Quincy Adams. Mr. Adams was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams and was the son of Charles Francis Adams, Secretary of the Navy in the Hoover Administration.
For most of his career, Mr. Adams was the head of Raytheon, based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Mr. Adams was an avid sailor. He was actively involved with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the U.S.S. Constitution Museum and his own alma mater, Harvard University.
Steve Robinson, his grandson, is a graduate of The Fletcher School.
The Fletcher School is proud to offer the Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series to the students, faculty, staff and community of Tufts University.
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