Amos J Hochstein

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Special Envoy, Bureau of Energy Resources
Term of Appointment: 08/01/2014 to present

Amos J Hochstein currently serves as the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs and leads the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S. Department of State. The Special Envoy oversees global U.S. energy foreign policy engagement and advises the Secretary on global energy security and diplomacy. He also promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to enhance political stability, national security and prosperity around the world. Special Envoy Hochstein leads the U.S. Government’s efforts to combat the use of energy resources for political leverage while promoting a vision of energy cooperation and collaboration. He leads the engagement to strengthen Europe’s energy security; leads the White House announced Caribbean Energy Security Initiative; chairs the President’s U.S. – Caribbean and U.S. – Central American Energy Security Task Force; and plays a key diplomatic role in the continued development of the important Southern Gas Corridor. Special Envoy Hochstein implemented U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil and energy resources which later extended to overseeing U.S. government energy related sanctions elsewhere around the world. Working closely with the Department of Defense and our Counter-ISIL Coalition partners, Mr. Hochstein and the Energy Resources Bureau lead the U.S. Government’s efforts to diminish Daesh’s and other terrorist groups’ ability to profit from its energy assets.

He began his career in Washington, D.C. where he served in a variety of senior level positions, ultimately serving as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Hochstein also served as Policy Director to Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator (then Governor) Mark Warner (D-VA). Additionally, Mr. Hochstein worked as an advisor and Executive Vice President of International Operations at Cassidy & Associates. Throughout his career, he has been a counselor for both domestic and international oil and gas companies, as well as companies focusing on renewable energy assisting corporations in assessing potential new markets, the development of alternative sources of power, and best strategies to bring them to market.