Deputy Assistant Secretary of Oil & Natural Gas
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Neelesh Nerurkar is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. He manages domestic and international oil and gas programs, including research, policy analysis, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export authorization. Neelesh administers a $60 million research program that seeks to deploy the best available science, analysis and technologies to ensure a more secure energy future by leveraging our domestic natural gas and oil resources and protecting our air, land, and communities. Before joining DOE, Neelesh served at the White House, developing and coordinating U.S. energy policy to advance economic, climate, and foreign policy goals at the at the National Economic Council and National Security Council. He has also held government leadership positions as Senior Advisor at the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources and Energy Policy Specialist with the Congressional Research Service. Prior to this, he was an economist with BP and the Energy Information Administration. He holds a BA from the University of Oklahoma and an MA from The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.