Robert S. Price Jr. (Photo)

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Senior Advisor

  • Former Director of European & Asian Affairs, US Energy Department
  • Former US Energy Department and International Energy Agency expert on international gas trade
  • Former board member, National Capital Area Chapter, International Association of Energy Economics

Robert Price serves as Senior Advisor to The Abraham Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He retired from the US Energy Department (DOE) in March 2006, following a distinguished career that spanned more than three decades, beginning during the 1973-4 Arab Oil Embargo.

At DOE, Mr. Price held a number of senior executive positions, including acting deputy assistant secretary for national security policy, acting deputy assistant secretary for science and technology policy, and director of European and Asian Affairs.

From 1981-83, Mr. Price was an International Energy Agency (IEA) deputy division head in Paris and was responsible for the 1982 Natural Gas: Prospects to 2000, the Agency's first natural gas publication, and its 1983 gas security study. In 1990, he helped create the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group (EWG) and was the senior US delegate to the EWG from 1990-95. He organized the Secretary of Energy's Presidential Missions to India, to Pakistan, and to Hong Kong and China in 1994-1995, during which he negotiated bilateral Energy Policy Dialogues with China and India that continue today.

Mr. Price has represented the US Energy Department as the senior official at meetings of the IEA's Governing Board and other committees, the APEC-EWG, and the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. He was also the senior US Government representative at IEA High-Level Government-Industry Gas Workshops, meetings of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, and numerous Northeast Asian Gas Development conferences.

Mr. Price has authored several articles on international natural gas trade, participated as a speaker and panelist on international energy matters in the US and abroad, and lectured at the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford, and the U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He has participated in studies of US-China relations at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and at the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson Center. His article, "A History of Sino-American Energy Cooperation," appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of the Wilson Center's journal China Environment Series. In Feb.-March 2000, Mr. Price participated in a U.S. government natural gas regulatory workshop in Beijing for officials of the Peoples' Republic of China; in Jan. 2001 he led a mission to Manila to develop a technical assistance program on natural gas regulatory reform for the Philippines; and in 2001-2 participated on an IEA team reviewing China's natural gas policy, drafting the finance chapter of the study Developing China's Natural Gas Market: The Energy Policy Challenges, Paris, [November 2002]. He directed a study of the impact of China's energy strategy on US national security that was submitted to President Bush and the Congress in Feb. 2006.

A Vietnam-era veteran, Price served with the US Army, Military Intelligence. He worked as an Associated Press editor in Germany and a reporter for The Hartford Courant newspaper.

Mr. Price holds an M.A. degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He also studied at Trinity College (B.A.), the University of Maryland and the University of Madrid. He is a member of the Academy of Political Science and the International Association of Energy Economics.