Global Energy Studies

"The relationship between governments and energy companies will be increasingly important as the world confronts two great challenges – providing secure and economic energy supplies to meet expanding needs, and responding to climate change."
– Jeroen van der Veer
Chairman and President, Royal Dutch Shell*

Center for Global Energy Studies

The global energy industry is one of the world’s largest, most profitable and strategically critical industrial sectors. The industry touches everybody’s daily lives and is deeply connected to the politics, national security, and economic development of all nations. The industry is also poorly understood and often misinterpreted and misrepresented; a reality that Thunderbird hopes to change.

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Center for Global Energy Studies has three main objectives:

  1. To leverage Thunderbird’s proven and growing capabilities in global energy education and study.
  2. To support Thunderbird as a “go-to” institution for MBA and corporate learning in the global energy industry.
  3. To create a link between Thunderbird and the global energy industry for student employment opportunities, internships, faculty research and various educational ventures

The Center for Global Energy Studies draws on the school’s thought leadership, cutting-edge curriculum and professional development offerings in the energy sector to provide organizations and individuals with educational programs and solutions designed to prepare them for the leadership challenges of today’s global energy environment.

Through the Center, Thunderbird offers management-level education solutions to

Thunderbird’s 65 years of experience in global business education, and our unwavering focus on the importance of integrating an understanding of cross-border and cross-cultural relations with instruction in all facets of global business, uniquely positions the school at the core of global energy education. In fact, Thunderbird has produced thousands of alumni who have gone on to participate professionally in the global energy industry from Houston to Abu Dhabi – and we continue to graduate students aptly prepared for challenging management roles in today’s global energy organizations.

Energy Center Mission & Vision

Mission: Dedicated to advancing the study of the global energy industry to support sustainable economic prosperity and opportunity worldwide.
Vision: Businesses, students and society equate “Thunderbird” with management and education excellence in the global energy industry.

Recently published

By Thunderbird Professors Andrew Inkpen, Ph.D. and Michael H. Moffett, Ph.D.
Inkpen and Moffett provide a thorough overview of the oil and gas industry, describing and analyzing the industry by focusing on its strategic, financial and business aspects – and addressing a wide range of topics organized around the oil and gas industry value chain, starting with exploration and ending with products sold to consumers. The Global Oil & Gas Industry is a single source for anyone interested in how the business of the world's largest industry actually works.


Thunderbird energy industry clients

Organizations that have come to Thunderbird for their energy industry executive education include:

  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
  • Maersk Oil
  • Apache Corp.
  • Mustang Engineering
  • Baker Hughes
  • Nexen Petroleum International
  • BP
  • Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • China National Offshore Oil Co.
  • ONGC (India)
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Wintershall AG 
  • J. Ray McDermott International
  • Woodside Energy
  • Kuwait Oil Company

Contact us

For more information on Thunderbird’s Center for Global Energy Studies, contact us directly at:

Michael H. Moffett, Ph.D 
Continental Grain Professorship in Finance
Phone: +1 602 978-7174
Fax: +1 602 843-6143

Andrew Inkpen, Ph.D 
J. Kenneth and Jeannette Seward Chair in Global Strategy & Professor of Management
Phone: +1 602 978-7079
Fax: +1 602 843-6143

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