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About John Hofmeister , Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy
Washington, D.C. & Former President, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

John Hofmeister is a key member of the United States Energy Security Council, a bipartisan group which includes former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and two former secretaries of defense, William J. Perry and Harold Brown, as well as three former national security advisers, a former C.I.A. director, two former senators, a Nobel laureate, a former Federal Reserve chairman, and several Fortune-50 chief executives.

Upon retirement from Shell Oil Company in 2008, Mr. Hofmeister founded and heads the not-for-profit (501(c)(3) nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy.  This Washington, D.C.-registered, public policy education firm promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues.

As Shell President, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program, unprecedented in the energy industry, to discuss critical global energy challenges.  The program included an 18 month, 50-city engagement program across the country during which Hofmeister led 250 other Shell leaders to meet with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.

A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, Hofmeister also has held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

Hofmeister serves as the Chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.  He serves as non-executive Director of the Hunting PLC, London, UK, Lufkin Industries Inc., CAMAC Energy, Inc., Sodexo North America Business Advisory Board, Advisor to Liberty Power of Fort Lauderdale, Fl, the nation’s largest minority owned power company.  Hofmeister also serves on the boards of the National Energy Security Council www.usesc.org/, Washington, D.C.; the Foreign Policy Association, New York; Strategic Partners, LLC; the Gas Technology Institute and the Center for Houston’s Future.  Hofmeister is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.  He also is a past Chairman and serves as a Director of the Greater Houston Partnership.  Hofmeister is active in education serving on the Energy Advisory Board at the University of Houston.  He is also a Director of the Texas Education Reform Committee.

Hofmeister earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University.  In May 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Houston.  John Hofmeister is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

The Lou Douglas Lectures seek to extend understanding of public policies that can further democratize society. They contribute to the general education of students and others by presenting speakers who will jolt conventional wisdom and propose public policy that deals progressively and democratically with the roots of social, political and economic problems. Known for their impact on regional, national and world affairs, these individuals are selected for their commitment to justice and equality for all people.

To support the Lou Douglas Lecture Series, call 785.539.8763, e-mail info@tryufm.org or send your tax-deductible contribution to 1221 Thurston St, Manhattan, KS 66502.
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Lou Douglas Lecture Series, 1221 Thurston St, Manhattan, KS 66502 • E-mail: info@tryufm.org
or call 785-539-8763.

Lou was a member of the Kansas State University Department of Political Science. They sponsor a Lou Douglas Scholarship. For more information, please visit their website at www.ksu.edu/polsci.

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