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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Protecting Nuclear Installations: The difference between industrial safety and national security The Energy Editorial, May 2011
There is a gritty public debate going on in Europe about what threats should be considered in conducting stress tests on existing nuclear power plants or in establishing safety criteria for new build nuclear power.
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