Sarah Emerson

Managing Principal

Sarah Emerson joined Energy Security Analysis, Inc. (ESAI) when the petroleum consulting practice was launched in 1986. She is currently President of ESAI and a principal in ESAI Energy, LLC, which conducts research and consulting on global petroleum, NGLs, alternative fuels, and natural gas markets.

Ms. Emerson has developed many of ESAI’s analytical tools for assessing the oil market and forecasting oil prices. In addition, she has supervised the development of an empirical source database of monthly data that cover the period January 1978 to present for every country in the world with particular focus on non-OECD countries. More broadly, she has conducted industry studies on a wide range of topics, such as the transfer of pollution in energy trade, the profitability of Asian refining, energy markets in the Indian Ocean, Strategic Petroleum Reserves, global automotive fuel markets, GHG emissions from gasoline and diesel production, the North American petroleum coke market, the export of U.S. processed condensate, the certification of Canadian exports via the United States, and the future of the Russian refining industry. In 1992, she published the first description ever available in the West of the Russian refining sector. She routinely helps companies assess the market value of liquids generated by new or expanded energy assets.

Ms. Emerson is an expert witness in energy sector arbitration and litigation, an adviser to national governments on energy security issues, and was a reader/commenter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report. She has testified before the Senate Energy Committee and regularly publishes articles in the energy trade press.

Ms. Emerson is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and has been a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Energy Resources and Environment Program at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies where she received her M.A. She received her B.A. from Cornell University.