ROBERT J. JOHNSTON

Managing Director, Global Energy and Natural Resources & Executive Advisor

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Canada, Global Energy and Natural Resources

Robert ("RJ") Johnston returned in 2018 to leading the firm's Global Energy and Natural Resources (GENR) group after serving as Eurasia Group's chief executive officer for five years and steering the firm through a period of strong growth and global expansion. RJ works closely with corporate and institutional investor clients in the oil and gas, mining, electric power, and clean tech sectors. Drawing on his industry experience and analytical expertise in geopolitics, he helps firms manage their corporate strategy, portfolio management, government relations, and risk management needs.
 
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, RJ served as managing director of equity research at Medley Global Advisors, where he was responsible for providing political and strategic insights to clients in the institutional investment community and served as the lead analyst for global energy equities. RJ, in addition, was a research director at UBS Warburg Energy, working directly in support of energy trading. And he previously directed internal research teams supporting oil, LNG, metals, and FX trading at Enron Global Markets. Earlier, at ArmorGroup, RJ directed political risk research for corporate clients in a variety of markets including China, Russia, Colombia, and Indonesia.
 
Recent notable achievements include published contributions to the World Economic Forum, the World Energy Council, Harvard University Belfer Center, the National Petroleum Council, the International Gas Union, and the Canadian Energy Research Institute. He participates regularly in industry policy development initiatives including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Oil Sands Dialogue, the Brookings Institution Task Forces on US Crude Oil and LNG Exports, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum Abu Dhabi, and PwC Energy Visions, among numerous other endeavors. RJ is a monthly contributor to Axios Expert Voices and a Global Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. He is a board member of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. RJ holds a doctorate in international relations from American University, a master's degree in political science from McMaster University, and a bachelor's degree in political studies from Bishop's University.
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