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Michelle Michot Foss

Chief Energy Economist and Head, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology

  • PhD, University of Houston
  • MS, Colorado School of Mines
  • BS, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

The CEE is a multidisciplinary energy economics, business and public policy program on energy and associated technology and environmental issues. It is a center for excellence on commercial frameworks for energy development across the energy value chains. At CEE, Dr. Michot Foss directs and conducts research; advises U.S. and international energy companies; publishes and speaks widely on energy issues; and provides public commentary and testimony to governments. She developed and directs New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation, an annual international capacity building program; is the principle investigator for the CEE’s LNG consortium, Commercial Frameworks for LNG in North America; and is principle investigator on a number of federal agency and corporate grants and cooperative agreements including the US Agency for International Development-funded Smart Development Initiative, currently in operation in West Africa.

In addition to Texas and the US, Dr. Michot Foss has experience in Canada and Mexico; South America; Central Asia and Ukraine; Western Europe; and East Asia. While at University of Houston from 1991-2005, Dr. Michot Foss was a Shell Interdisciplinary Scholar and Shell Graduate Fellow, coordinator of the Natural Gas Project, founder and director of the Energy Institute and Executive Director of the Institute for Energy, Law & Enterprise. She was previously a director of research at Simmons & Company, an investment bank specializing in oil field services; and director of research at Rice Center, an urban regional economics, energy, and transportation research group. In 2006, Dr. Michot Foss was chosen a Senior Fellow by the US Association for Energy Economics for her contribution to the profession and association. She was selected one of the Key Women in Energy-Americas (2003). She was the 2003 president of the International Association for Energy Economics and 2001 president of the US Association for Energy Economics. She is an incoming (April 2006) independent member of the board of directors, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Women’s Energy Network; and the Scientific Council, 50th Anniversary of ENI, Commemorative Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons. She serves on the advisory board of Consumer Energy Alliance; and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Regulation and Governance. She is a partner in Harvest Gas Management, a Texas-based exploration and production company.

She holds degrees from University of Louisiana-Lafayette (B.S., biology with geology minor); Colorado School of Mines (M.S., economics), where she coordinated the Energy & Minerals Field Institute; and University of Houston (PhD, political science).

The University of Texas at Austin | Bureau of Economic Geology/Jackson School of Geosciences