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In May of 2013, Dr. Moors was named Executive Chair of the Global Energy Symposium (GES). A major initiative involving some of the world’s leading energy experts, GES will oversee high-profile analyses and policy recommendations to governments and agencies worldwide.
Dr. Moors has left his university positions – Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University, where he was also Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Energy and the Environment – to head up this global effort.
An internationally recognized expert in oil and gas policy/finance and risk assessment, Dr. Moors is also president of ASIDA, Inc., a global oil and gas consulting firm, executive managing partner of Risk Management Associates, International, LLP, an international management advisory and training service, and partner in Warsaw-based United Gas Services (UGS), a provider of technical, advisory and management services to the Polish and European shale gas industries.
He is the founder and editor of The Oil and Energy Investor, a twice-a-week advisory, the monthly Energy Advantage and weekly Energy Advantage Portfolio Update, as well as the investment alert services The Energy Inner Circle and Micro Energy Trader. Dr. Moors is Global Energy Strategist to Money Morning and was contributing editor to the two leading post-Soviet oil and gas publications – Thomson Reuters’ Russian Petroleum Investor and Caspian Investor – from 1998 through February of 2013. Dr. Moors has directed the Russian/Caspian Special Projects Initiative – an electronic network of over 900 energy specialists in Russia, Central Asia, Europe and North America designed to provide rapid response advisories on developments in the former USSR – and has ongoing agreements to provide specialized advisories to Wall Street analysts, along with investment, hedge fund, capital and asset managers worldwide.
Dr. Moors has advised 27 world governments (Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Botswana, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kurdistan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, U.K., U.S., and Uzbekistan), governors of several U.S. states, premiers of two Canadian provinces and has been a consultant to private companies, financial institutions, civic movements/organizations and law firms in 29 countries.
He has served as an expert witness/consultant to law firms in Chicago, Houston, London, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Toronto on cases involving a range of issues, including: retail pricing of oil products; crude and oil product contract, trading, representational duties/responsibilities; oil field, petrochemical, transport installation and contract liability; strategic risk assessment planning and application; technical assessment of export taxation; patent infringement; equity and debt valuation; and oil equipment/technology transfer.
He currently serves on the U.S. Department of State (DOS) task force providing oil policy advisories to developing nations worldwide and the DOS Unconventional Gas Technical Engagement Program (UGTEP).
In addition to conventional oil and gas, he has advised shale gas, coal bed methane, tight gas, tight/shale oil and oil sands projects in the Marcellus, Barnett, Haynesville, Woodford, Fayetteville, Utica, Eagle Ford, Powder River, Piceance and Monterey basins in the U.S., the Athabasca, Alberta Bakken, Horn River and Montney basins in Canada, and unconventional gas/oil projects in Mexico, Poland, Australia and North Africa. Dr. Moors also has experience in developing both project structures and finance for MLPs, LNG import/export, syndicated loan packages and tanker holding ventures. His clients have included six of the world’s top ten oil companies along with leading oil and natural gas producers throughout Russia, the Caspian Basin, the Persian Gulf, Africa, Europe, as well as North and South America.
Dr. Moors has appeared over 2,000 times as a featured television, radio and media commentator in North America, Europe and Russia—including ABC, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Canadian CBC, CBS, Chinese CCTV, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, NBC and Russian RTV.
A prolific writer and lecturer, his over 2,200 professional/market publications and over 550 private/public sector presentations and workshops have appeared in 47 countries. John Wiley & Sons released his The Vega Factor: Oil Volatility and the Next Global Crisis in May 2011. He has completed his next volume – Crude Pressure: Oil, Sanctions and the Crisis with Iran.
Dr. Moors is particularly known among public and private sector policy makers for providing targeted political, market and risk assessments in crises or rapidly changing environments. Until revisions in U.S. policy, he was slated to be the deputy director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO) in Baghdad. Dr. Moors began his professional career in counter intelligence. His first degree (at age 16) was a B.S. in theoretical physics. Subsequent A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees were obtained in political science and public policy.