Karen Harbert

Karen Harbert

President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Karen Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. Harbert leads the Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education, and advocacy.

Under Harbert’s leadership, the Global Energy Institute has evolved into a premier organization dedicated to advancing a constructive energy agenda with the business community, policymakers, and consumers.

Harbert frequently testifies in front of Congress and provides analysis to the media, policymakers, and industry leaders. She is an appointed member of the National Petroleum Council, an industry advisory organization that advises the Secretary of Energy on issues related to the oil and gas industries.

Harbert is the former assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She was the primary policy adviser to the secretary of energy and on domestic and international energy issues and also served as vice chairman of the International Energy Agency.