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Inaugural Global Energy Forum

November 1-2, 2018


Where global leaders engage in strategic dialogue about the future of energy.


U.S. Secretary of State (Fmr)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense (Fmr)
U.S. Secretary of State (Fmr)
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U.S. Secretary of Energy (Fmr)

The inaugural 2018 Stanford Global Energy Forum gathers global thought leaders and decision makers from the private sector, government, academia, non-profits and media to engage in strategic and balanced dialogue about the Future of Energy. Convened by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy and hosted by four former U.S. Cabinet Members, the 2-day, by-invitation forum program includes:

  • Stimulating dialogue with global leaders on The Future of Energy

  • Viewpoints from policy-makers

  • Insights from technology game-changers

  • Innovation showcase of emerging start-ups

From the DIrectors

The global energy system is undergoing a major transformation. The fundamentals of the energy industry are rapidly changing. We are faced with addressing challenging global issues such as cost-effective decarbonization, affordable access to energy and infrastructure resilience. How industries, governments and the broader ecosystem address them will have far-reaching consequences on economic growth, national security and the environment in the 21st century.

The key to nurturing innovations is to create a culture of openness to new ideas balanced by constructive dialogue within a community. This is why we know that convening leaders such as yourselves at the Stanford Global Energy Forum is critical to understanding, appreciating and shaping the Future of Energy. Since the future belongs to the next generation, we will also engage students from Stanford and other universities in this strategic dialogue and thereby help them become energy leaders of the future. Read all.

History of the Global Energy Forum

The Vail Global Energy Forum, a vision of founder Jay Precourt, was started in 2011 with the goal of advancing the public understanding of global energy via fact-based balanced dialogue. Each year, over 300 stakeholders convened in Colorado where, in later years, the forum focused on North America as a rising power in energy. The Global Energy Forum moves to its permanent home at Stanford University in the Fall of 2018 where it will explore the rapidly changing worldwide energy ecosystem and address the implications of these changes.