Geography 2050

Mr. John Hofmeister

Citizens for Affordable Energy

Mr. Hofmeister founded Citizens for Affordable Energy Inc. after retiring as the President of Shell Oil Company in 2008 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. His career included executive positions at GE, Nortel, Allied Signal (now Honeywell International) and Royal Dutch Shell. He also served as the Chairman of the National Urban League for seven years and Chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee for three years. Mr. Hofmeister currently serves on the faculties of Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, Kansas State University’s Department of Political Science and University of Houston’s College of Business and the University’s Energy Advisory Council. As the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy Mr. Hofmeister works on energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure and sustainable environmental policies, focusing on public education on energy and environmental matters. In his book “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider” (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) he addressed energy and environmental controversies and provided a new framework for solving the future of energy strategy and governance. Mr. Hofmeister publicly discusses his viewpoints on the link between carbon costs and environmental impacts and new energy technologies in pursuit of sustainability and addressing climate change. Mr. Hofmeister holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University and has been awarded Doctor of Letters degrees from University of Houston and Kansas State University.