3rd London Gas & LNG Forum 2016 Speakers

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David Kovatch

Director, U.S. Department of Energy & Energy Attache, U.S. Embassy London

David Kovatch is the Energy Attaché and Director of the US Department of Energy (DOE) office at the Embassy of the United States in the United Kingdom. In this role he advances U.S. energy policy interests and promotes deeper cooperation between the U.S. and United Kingdom in the fields of energy security, energy efficiency and renewable energy, fossil fuels, nuclear power, nuclear security and nonproliferation, nuclear legacy management, and climate change.

David has served the DOE since 2010, when he joined through the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program. From 2010-2012 he supported the NNSA Office of Global Material Security where he implemented radiological and nuclear security projects in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Afghanistan. From 2012-2014 David served in the Office of the NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. In this role he supported the negotiation of a successor agreement to the 1992 Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Agreement, chaired the 2012 Nuclear Security Working Group in the U.S. – Kazakhstan Energy Partnership Dialogue, and supported the U.S. delegation to the IAEA General Conference.

In 2014 David transitioned to the DOE Office of International Affairs as a Senior Energy Advisor where he supported bilateral and multilateral energy initiatives in the Americas.  

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, David worked as a teacher in Brazil and Sweden and as an Americorps volunteer in Charleston, South Carolina. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.