Peter C. Evans is Vice President at the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) where he is responsible for developing the Center’s research agenda, global partnerships, and CEO engagements. CGE was recently established by Sam Palmisano, former Chairman and CEO of IBM. It is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of enterprise transformation as a consequence of globalization and rapid technology change.

Previously, Dr. Evans held key strategy and market intelligence roles at General Electric. He was Director of GE Corporate’s Global Strategy and Analytics team. He also led GE Energy’s Global Strategy and Planning team for five years, where he oversaw the Fuels, Policy, Carbon and Strategic Workforce Planning Centers of Excellence.

Prior to joining GE, he was Director, Global Oil, and Research Director of the Global Energy Forum at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). He also worked as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate and government clients, including the US Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, US Department of Energy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. Dr. Evans has extensive international energy experience, including two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Central Research Institute for the Electric Power Industry in Tokyo, Japan.

His many articles and policy monographs include: The Age of Gas and the Power of Networks (General Electric 2013); The Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines (General Electric, 2012) Japan: Bracing for an Uncertain Energy Future (Brookings Institution, 2006), Liberalizing Global Trade in Energy Services (AEI Press, 2002), and “International Conflict and Cooperation in Government Export Financing” (Institute for International Economics, 2001).

Dr. Evans is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the National Association for Business Economics and fellow of the International Academy of Management. He holds a BA from Hampshire College and a master degree and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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