Eurasia Group | Robert J. Johnston


Special Advisor for Energy and Climate


Natural Gas, Power & Infrastructure, Oil, Sustainable Finance, Energy Transition, Canada

Robert ("RJ") Johnston is Special Advisor on Energy and Climate to Eurasia Group.  RJ founded the firm's Energy, Climate, and Resources practice in 2006 and served as the firm's CEO from 2013 to 2018, overseeing a period of rapid growth and international expansion. RJ has 25 years' experience working closely with corporate and institutional investor clients in the oil and gas, mining, electric power, and clean tech sectors on strategy, risk assessment, government relations, and communications around policy, markets, and geopolitics.  

RJ is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Columbia Center for Global Energy Policy. He is an advisor to start-ups in polysilicon/solar PV manufacturing, climate-focused fintech, and energy transition supply chain private equity.

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 Atlantic Council, 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 others. RJ is a member of the Trilateral Commission and was a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center from 2017 to 2021.  

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.