Dr. Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-prize winning energy expert, has been honored with an International Lifetime Achievement Award presented by India’s Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The award was presented Jan. 12 to Dr. Yergin, vice chairman of IHS, at the PETROTECH energy conference in New Delhi, one of the largest such conferences in the Asia Pacific region.
Dr. Yergin was recognized by the Prime Minister during a special awards ceremony “for his unique contribution to shaping the world’s energy future with his intellectual leadership, insight, clear vision, and practical guidance.”
The PETROTECH International Lifetime Achievement award salutes outstanding individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the petroleum industry.
Prime Minister Singh observed that “Dr. Yergin has brought sharp focus on energy’s essential role in improving people’s lives. His work highlights the essential global interdependence of the energy system and the need for international cooperation to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
The Prime Minister’s commendation highlights the global impact that Dr. Yergin’s books – The Prize, The Commanding Heights, and The Quest – have had and their “enormous positive impact on thinking and policy around the world.”
“I am extremely honored to be presented with this prestigious award by Prime Minister Singh at this important gathering of global energy leaders,” Dr. Yergin said. “Energy is the lifeblood of our global economy, and the elements that shape its future are many and the consequences are great. As an outstanding global gathering of those energy minds that are shaping that future, PETROTECH makes an indispensable contribution to the innovation and forward thinking that are the hallmarks of our energy world.
“This is a very timely moment to receive this award because of the critical importance that India’s energy industries have in helping India regain the high economic growth rate that its people need,” Dr. Yergin added. “PETROTECH itself is a great demonstration of the technological leadership that the talented people of India’s oil and gas industry are providing to the global industry. It is particularly significant for me to receive this award from Prime Minister Singh, owing to the role he has played in shaping the modern global economy and India’s role in it.”
Dr. Yergin is a world-recognized authority on international energy policy, politics and economics through his research and writings over several decades. His latest bestseller, The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World, has been called “a masterly piece of work” by The Economist and has been hailed by the Financial Times as “a triumph.” The New York Times said it is “necessary reading for chief executive officers, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others.
He is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, which has been translated into 17 languages. One of the main focuses of his bookThe Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (written with Joseph Stanislaw) is India’s economic reforms and their global context. Both books were made into BBC/PBS television series. The Commanding Heights series included an interview with Dr. Singh on the challenges of economic reform.
Dr. Yergin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and his PhD from Cambridge University in England, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Prior to founding CERA, which was acquired by IHS in 2004, he taught at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Yergin is a member of several organizations, including the National Petroleum Council and the US Secretary of Energy's advisory board. He is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, and serves on the Singapore International Energy Advisory Board and the advisory board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative.