Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy - Columbia University; and Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, United States of America

Christof Rühl is an internationally renowned economist, specializing in macroeconomics and energy economics. He has a distinguished track record in business, economic policy advice and academia, and is published and quoted widely in his areas of interest. His most recent commercial expertise is in energy, specifically oil and gas, and in asset allocation, where he focuses on global macro and geopolitical trends. He has more than twenty years’ experience gained from senior positions in world-class companies.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Rühl served as Global Head of Research at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, establishing and managing ADIA’s first global research team, which specialized in economic, energy and geopolitical analysis. Previously, he was Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP, from 2005 to 2014, where he was credited with a significant contribution to the global debate on energy, climate change and the various links between energy and economic development. Mr. Rühl joined BP from a global economic policy background, having served at the World Bank from 1998 to 2005, including as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and Brazil. He also worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 1996 to 1998. Originally from Germany, he began his career as an economist, first as a research associate at the universities of Bremen and Hohenheim, and then as an assistant professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1991 to 1996.

Mr. Rühl is currently Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He serves as an advisor, and is also a board member, for global companies in the energy, banking and private equity sectors, and is a much sought-after public speaker.