3rd Washington Oil & Gas Forum 2017 Early Distinguished Confirmed Speakers

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Rob Smith

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Oil & Natural Gas, U.S. Department of Energy

Rob Smith currently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas for the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. He administers oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation.

Most recently, Mr. Smith was the Chief of Staff for the Office of Fossil Energy.  In this capacity, Mr. Smith assisted the Assistant Secretary with policy and management issues across the office’s research and development, energy security, and regulatory missions.  Previously, Mr. Smith was the Director of Planning and Administration in the Office of Oil & Natural Gas.

Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Smith worked as a program analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a manager at Deloitte Consulting, and an infantry officer in the U.S. Army.  Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and completed a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.