William C. RAMSAY


From October 2008 to September 2011, William C. Ramsay was Director of the Ifri Energy Program.

1998-2008 : Deputy Executive Director, Internatioal Energy Agency (IEA). He has strongly increased the IEA's engagement with the principle exporters and importers of energy around the globe, while keeping the organization prepared to face energy security emergencies, raised the profile and the credibility of the IEA in the eyes of energy specialists and the public.

1996-1998 : Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Responsible for Energy, Commodities, Economic Sanctions
1993-1996 : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Brazzavile, Republic of the Congo
1989-1993 : Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Energy Commodities, Agriculture Trade Policy
1988-1989 : Appointed to Senior Seminar
1986-1988 : Director, Office of Energy Producing Country Affairs
1983-1986 : Chief and the Economic Counselor of Embassy, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
1979-1982 : Regional Resource Officer, U.S. Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1975-1979 : International Economist, Office of Fuels & Energy Department, Department of State, Washington DC 
1973-1975 : Commercial Attaché, Abidjan Ivory Coast
1971-1973 : Commercial Officer, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing, Michigan State University
Masters Degree in International Trade and Commodities, Leland Stanford University, California
Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Chemistry, Michigan State University

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One can’t help but be struck by the irony earlier this week of Russian President (ad-interim) Medvedev celebrating the landing of gas in Lubmin Germany from the Nordstream gas pipeline from Russia while Former President and President-in-waiting Putin welcomes Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to seek...


As an early task in its efforts to build a common external energy policy, the Commission has announced it will turn its attention to bringing the vast gas resources of Turkmenistan to European consumers. This will be an excellent place for the Commission to test its ability to speak with one...


In polarized politics, the voter must take on faith the wisdom inherent in the principled political position. Who cannot be impressed by the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, especially after living through the fallout from Chernobyl? But is it reasonable to send the voter to the booth with...

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