Securing America's Future Energy

SAFE Announces 2018-19 Class of Energy Security Fellows

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Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) announced today 33 new Fellows will join its fourth Energy Security Fellows Program. The program provides the next generation of energy, transportation and national security professionals with access to high-level programming and networking opportunities, connecting them with individuals interested in advancing the national conversation on the future of American energy security.

Fellows will participate in six separate roundtable discussions over the course of the program that will focus on energy policy and transportation technology through the lens of economic and national security.

“Today, the transportation and energy sectors are entering an era of transformation in both technology and policy. SAFE is pleased to bring together this impressive group of professionals to both educate and start a conversation on how to best move forward during this time of transition that will strengthen America’s economic and national security by reducing our dependence on the global oil market,” said SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond.

SAFE’s Energy Security Fellows are selected each fall in a competitive application process. The Fellows then participate in a Washington, D.C.-based dinner series that include roundtable discussions with leaders in these sectors. Past speakers have included members of SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), which is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx, and General James T. Conway (Ret.), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The 2018 SAFE Energy Security Fellows are:

Fatima Ahmad, JD
Sr. Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Samina Bharmal, JD
Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

Erin Billeri
Energy Portfolio Manager, Bulletin Intelligence

Rauf Mammadov
Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute

Sam Minifie
Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute

Amadine Muskus
Energy and Environment Manager, Global Automakers

James Blatchford
Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence

Deborah Conway
Business Development Specialist, Samsung NEXT

Igor Dabik
Senior Consultant, Deloitte LLP

Mehrun Etebari
Sr. Analyst, IHS Markit Ltd

Fernando Ferreira
Sr. Analyst, Rapidan Energy Group

Arlene Fetizanan
Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy

Aaron Goldner, Ph.D.
Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Sudha Gollapudi
Independent Energy Consultant

Alice Grossman, Ph.D.
Policy Analyst, Eno Center for Transportation

Ayla Haig
Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

George Hopley
Sr. Energy Desk Strategist, Morgan Stanley

Brian Hughes
Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Tadeh Issakhanian
Sr. Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Graham Jenkins
Sr. Intelligence Analyst, Novetta Solutions LLC

Tim Kennedy
Director of Business Development and Project Execution, Transdev North America Inc.

John Koltz
Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Bijan Koohmraie, JD
Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Long Lam, Ph.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense—Energy, Installations and Environment

Ashley Nunes, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Todd O’Boyle, Ph.D.
Director, Lime

Reagan Payne
Emerging Technology Policy Manager, General Motors Company

Ed Roggenkamp, JD
Sr. Associate Attorney, Schiff Hardin LLP

Caleb Smith
Program Analyst, Environmental Protection Agency

Jeffrey Stein
Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute

Mona Tarpley, JD
Principal Counsel, IFC Asset Management Company LLC

Katie Tubb
Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation

Zack Valdez, Ph.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

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About Securing America’s Future Energy

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization that aims to reduce America’s dependence on oil. Near-total dependence on petroleum in the transportation sector undermines the nation’s economic and national security and constrains U.S. foreign policy. To combat these threats, SAFE advocates for expanded domestic production of U.S. oil and gas resources, continued improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency, and transportation sector innovations including electric vehicles, natural gas trucks, and autonomous vehicles. In 2006, SAFE joined with General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, to form the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing the United States’ dependence on oil. Today, the ESLC is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith and General James T. Conway (Ret), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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