Phillip Cornell is a specialist on energy and foreign policy, global energy markets and regulatory issues, critical energy infrastructure protection, energy security strategy, Saudi Arabian oil policy, Middle East energy economics, and cross-border market integration.

In addition to his affiliation at the Payne Institute, Cornell is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. He was a senior corporate planning advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Saudi Aramco, where he supported executive management during Saudi oil strategy transition (2014-2016) and provided advice to the Royal Court.

From 2011-2014 he was special advisor to the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, and developed IEA simulations and war-gaming among ministries in preparation for major oil and gas emergencies.

Before joining the IEA, Cornell served with NATO as the senior fellow and director of international programs at the NATO School (NSO) in Oberammergau, Germany, and served on the secretary general’s committee in Brussels to develop NATO policy in the area of energy infrastructure security.

Cornell has held research positions at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey), the Royal United Services Institute (London) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford), and he is the author of a number of articles and volumes on energy security and security policy.

He holds Masters degrees with distinction in International Economics (energy focus) and European Studies (security focus) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He received his BA cum laude in International Relations from Stanford University.