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BP executive to deliver annual Hiner Lecture

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 Mark Finley

Mark Finley, general manager, Global Energy Markets and U.S. Economics at BP, will present the “2017 Edition of the BP Energy Outlook,” on Monday, March 27, at 1 p.m. The lecture, part of the Glen H. Hiner Distinguished Lecture Series in the Benjamin M. Statler College, will be held in room G102 of the Engineering Sciences Building.

The Energy Outlook considers a base case, outlining the “most likely” path for global energy markets over the next 20 years based on assumptions and judgements about future changes in policy, technology and the economy. It examines some of the key questions and issues posed by the energy transition, and develops a number of alternative cases to explore key uncertainties.

In addition to analyzing the economics and politics of the world oil market, Finley has produced market assessments for natural gas and carbon. He leads the annual production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (now in its 65th year), and he regularly presents BP’s views on global energy markets to external audiences. Finley has more than 30 years of private- and public-sector experience as an energy economist. He joined BP’s Economics Team in 2001 and has worked in Washington, D.C., and London.

Finley has served as chair of the U.S. Conference of Business Economists as well as the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Economics and Statistics. He also has served as vice president of the International Association of Energy Economics and was a 2013 Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He sits on the external advisory board of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan (economics), and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (economics) and George Washington University (finance).

Now in its 11th year, the Glen H. Hiner Distinguished Lecture Series is named in honor of the outstanding alumnus who, in 2005, established an endowment to support the deanship of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU.

Hiner graduated from WVU’s Department of Electrical Engineering in 1957, and then embarked on an outstanding 35-year career with General Electric. In 1992, he became chief executive officer of Owens Corning. He has served on several Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources’ advisory committees, as a visiting professor in the WVU College of Business and Economics and as a member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.



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