U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Visits Argentina

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman was in Argentina on a two-day official visit. During the visit, Deputy Secretary Poneman met with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and other representatives of the Argentine government and members of the diplomatic, business, academic, and civil society communities.

As part of the agenda, Mr. Poneman recognized the important work of the Binational Energy Working Group (BEWG) which carries out important technical exchanges between the United States and Argentina since 2010.

About Daniel Poneman

Mr. Poneman was nominated by President Obama in April 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 2009. He served in President Obama’s first Administration under the leadership of former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Following President Obama’s re-election, Mr. Poneman served as Acting Secretary of Energy, prior to the designation of current Secretary of Energy Enest Moniz.

Deputy Secretary of Energy Poneman has extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Poneman joined the Department of Energy in 1989 as a White House Fellow. The next year he joined the National Security Council staff as Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control. Mr. Poneman later served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls at the National Security Council.

After leaving the White House, Mr. Poneman served as member of the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and a number of other federal advisory panels. Prior to assuming his responsibilities as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy, Mr. Poneman served as a principal of the Scowcroft Group for eight years, providing strategic advice to corporations, and also practiced law as associate and partner in many law offices.

Mr. Poneman has published widely on national security issues and is the author of Nuclear Power in the Developing World and Argentina: Democracy on Trial, published in 1987. His third book, Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis (coauthored with Joel Wit and Robert Gallucci), received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy. Mr. Poneman is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Poneman received A.B. and J.D. degrees with honors from Harvard University and an M.Litt. in Politics from Oxford University.