Tom Cutler has nearly 40 years experience in international energy affairs starting as an energy intern at the World Bank in 1974 followed by a 36-year career at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Highlights include serving two terms as Chairman of NATO’s Petroleum Planning Committee (1983-1987) and having been instrumental in the development of major U.S. programs in energy cooperation and investment with India, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh and Asia as a region, including APEC and ASEAN. Then, as Director of DOE’s Office of European and Asia Pacific Affairs, he played a key role in the launch of a number of new initiatives in Europe and Asia until his retirement from DOE in July 2013.
Mr. Cutler’s responsibilities at DOE required a strong knowledge of world and regional energy markets and national energy scenarios as well as having effective working relationships with officials from USG agencies, foreign governments and embassies, and the business community. Based on his expertise, he advised senior DOE leadership on a wide range of international issues relating to energy markets, energy policy, energy cooperation, joint energy technology R&D programs, and energy trade and investment matters.
Mr. Cutler has managed DOE energy policy dialogues with a number of countries including Indonesia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Norway, the UK and the EU. He has developed and managed a number of multi-million dollar U.S. technical assistance and capacity building programs in Asia that conducted activities in power sector reform, oil, gas, coal, renewables, energy efficiency and other areas. He helped organize and participated in numerous energy trade missions to Europe and Asia. Cutler managed DOE’s participation in all-source oil tanker tracking programs with the U.S. Navy in the early 1980s and worked in DOE’s Office of Intelligence in 1981-1982.
He has numerous publications to his credit, including Petroleum Economist (5 times), Petromin (twice), World Affairs, NATO Review, Armed Forces Journal, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Energy & Development, Journal of International Affairs and Business Times. His book The Military Demand for Oil was published in 1989. From 1988 to 1991 he was a guest lecturer on military jet fuels at the College of Energy Studies in Oxford. He has received a number of DOE awards as well as the NATO Outstanding Service Award in 1987.
Tom Cutler has a B.A. in Government from Lawrence University and a M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. He was President of the Maryland Racquetball Association from 1979-1981 and is currently a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Personal activities include golf, squash and mountain biking.