Securing America's Future Energy

SAFE Announces New Class of Energy Security Fellows

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Washington, D.C.— Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) announced today that 29 new Fellows will join its fifth 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.

 As part of the program, Fellows will participate in a variety of roundtable discussions, featuring a diverse array of energy security professionals, which will focus on the policies and technologies required to advance U.S. economic and national security. In addition, this year’s Fellows will be tasked with writing on the latest topics in energy policy for SAFE’s independent news and analysis service, The Fuse.

“As we stand on the cusp of a fundamental transformation of our transportation sector, we are also entering an era of heightened geopolitical risk in many of the world’s oil-producing regions. It is in this climate that SAFE is pleased to bring together its latest cohort of young professionals committed to enhancing our energy security, while moving the conversation forward on solutions to strengthen American economic and national security by reducing our dependence on oil,” 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 featuring industry and policy leaders. 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 2019-2020 SAFE Energy Security Fellows are:

Reed Blakemore
Associate Director, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

Seth Bloom
President and Founder, Bloom Strategic Counsel

Brendan Casey
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program Manager, NAVFAC

Charlotte Conner
Associate for Global Impact Strategy, Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts

Tanya Das
Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Donald Davidson
Government Relations Manager, Volkswagen Group of America

Bill Eger
Energy Manager, City of Alexandria, VA

Alexa Fox
Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Jim Costa

Malcom Glenn
Head of Global Policy for Accessibility and Underserved Communities, Uber

Jon Hickey
Special Advisor to the Vice President

David Korkoian
Senior Federal Affairs Representative, FedEx Corporation

Rajesh Lakhiani
Founder and CEO, Athena Power

Ben LaRocco
Senior Manager, State, Federal and Industry Policy, Lime

D. Ray Long
Energy Communications Manager, ICF Next

Bohdan Malaniuk
Economic and Energy Counselor, Embassy of the Czech Republic

Michael Mansour
Legislative Director, Congressman Adam Kinziger

Hunter McDonald
Investments and Origination, Glencore

Matthew Munroe
Combat Engineer Officer, Marine Corps Reserve

Travis Nels
Director, Strategic Planning, AES Corporation

Ananda Palanisamy
Senior Regional Engagement Manager, Ford Smart Mobility—City Solutions

Nick Phoutrides
Head of Energy Business Development, Anduril Industries

Sean Quinlan
Community Liaison, U.S. Department of Transportation

Dipankar Sahoo
Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Margaret Shakarashvili
Country Manager, Commonwealth Frontier Advisors

Philip Sung
Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation

Prachi Vakharia
Consultant, Forth Mobility

Thomas Van Heeke
Policy Lead, General Motors

Adam Yang
Doctoral Fellow, Commandant of the Marine Corps Strategist Program

Alfredo Zarate
Senior Manager, Deloitte


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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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