Dr. Agnia Grigas is an energy and political risk expert. She specializes in energy and foreign policy of the U.S. and Eurasia including Europe, Russia, China, the states of the former Soviet Union, and the Baltic States. She has fifteen years of experience as a business development and political risk advisor to corporations and government agencies.
She is an author of three critically acclaimed books The New Geopolitics of Gas (Harvard University Press, 2017), Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire (Yale University Press, 2016), and The Politics of Energy and Memory Between the Baltic States and Russia (Ashgate 2013).
As a researcher, she collaborates with prominent American and European academic institutions and think tanks. Currently, she is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
In the private sector, Dr. Grigas has advised multinational companies in the energy, technology, and finance sectors. She is experienced in crafting and implementing strategies for Fortune 500 companies and working directly with C-level executives. Her clients have included the likes of Barclays Bank, where she led its international growth initiatives including opening one of their four global strategic engineering centers in Vilnius, Lithuania that became the largest center of its kind in the country. Previously, Dr. Grigas worked as an associate with leading global consultancy Eurasia Group, where she advised on emerging markets for its multinational clients and launched coverage of the Baltic States. Grigas began her career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan Chase, where she worked on Eurobond issuance for corporations and governments in emerging markets and the utility sector.
Her professional experience goes beyond the boardroom or the classroom, taking her into public service as well. Serving as an advisor on energy security and economy to the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009), she specialized attracting foreign investment and in regional gas diversification solutions, including working on the early stages of the Klaipėda LNG Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU). Earlier in 2001, Grigas held a fellowship in the Georgian President’s Office.
An experienced communicator on screen, in print, and in person she frequently writes and comments in the media including CNN, Forbes, Reuters, Bloomberg, Newsweek, The Hill, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, among other international outlets.
Dr. Grigas graduated cum laude with a BA in economics and political science from Columbia University, New York, NY and earned her Master’s and Doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford, UK where she is an alumna of St Antony’s and Brasenose colleges.
Born in Lithuania while it was part of Soviet Union, from the age of ten Agnia was raised in Los Angeles, California. Subsequently worked and studied in the UK, France, Lithuania, Russia, and Georgia. Currently she is based in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two children.
She has published studies for and lectured at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the International Peace Institute, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Wilson Center, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Columbia University, New York University, and Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute among many others.