The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program

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Aspen Institute

David Lawrence is Yale University-educated geologist and former Shell executive, who has applied his expertise to oil and gas supply and demand, as well as to furthering innovations in the energy industry. In addition to serving Shell for more than 30 years, David Lawrence has engaged with the Aspen Institute as a commissioner for the organization’s Commission on the Arctic. He also serves as chairman of Lawrence Energy Group.

The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan policy organization and think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization, which maintains an international presence with several locations abroad, strives to foster and improve leadership through a value base, non-partisan approach. The institute operates a number of programs in support of this goal.

One such program is the Energy and Environment Program (EEP). Implemented in 1969 as the Program on the Environment and Quality of Life, the EEP provides a forum for policy making and dialogue regarding the energy and environmental sectors. The program brings together a diverse group of private- and public-sector professionals to advance the discussion around topics such as clean energy, shale and gas, the Arctic, and many others.

Dr. David Lawrence | Oil & Gas in the 21st Century Conference

Dr. David Lawrence, Chairman and CEO, Lawrence Energy Group (Houston, Texas), presents the keynote, “Choices and Challenges: Delivering the World’s Energy Needs,” at the Oil & Gas in the 21st Century Conference on April 7, 2016. The conference was held at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and was hosted by The University of Tulsa College of Law.

Upstream and Other Core Business Operations at Shell

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A graduate of Yale University, David Lawrence is a geologist with decades of experience, primarily working in the oil and energy industry with Shell. As executive vice president of exploration and commercial, David Lawrence oversaw Shell Upstream Americas’ energy exploration, LNG, wind, gas to transport, gas to liquids, and acquisition and divestment efforts.

Founded in 1907, Royal Dutch Shell is a global oil and energy company that works to meet international energy demand. The organization operates in more than 70 countries, achieving annual revenue of over $260 billion and employing an average of 93,000 employees. Shell operates through four core businesses which include Upstream, Downstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, and Projects and Technology.

Upstream is the business responsible for efforts to find new energy resources through exploration, the development of new projects and the production of oil and gas. The Downstream business focuses on refining crude oil so that it can be used by consumers. Similarly, the Integrated Gas and New Energies business liquified, distributes, and markets natural gas for consumer use. Lastly, the Projects and Technology business is the research and development arm of Shell, focusing its efforts on innovation and the development of energy-sector projects.

The AAPG Military Veterans Scholarship Program

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


Former Shell executive David Lawrence has long provided support for education in the energy field, including several scholarship programs and awards. One program David Lawrence supported during his time with Shell and afterwards is the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Military Veterans Scholarship Program, which provides education funding for those who have served America in its armed forces.

The AAPG Military Veterans Scholarship Program helps student veterans achieve more and find career opportunities in the world of geoscience. Both active military personnel and veterans who have been honorably discharged are welcome to apply.

Funds, which range from $2,000 to $4,000, can be used to cover educational expenses and other costs of school attendance at a four-year accredited university or college. If you qualify and are interested in applying for the AAPG scholarship, you can begin the application process on January 15th.

The application period closes on April 15th, with recipients notified one month later. The results of the process are announced to the public on or before June 1st.

United Way – Success By 6

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United Way – Success By 6

David Lawrence, formerly of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Upstream Americas, has been part of many energy industries and community service organizations over the course of his career. Until 2004, David Lawrence was a member of the board of the United Way New Orleans, bringing the leadership experience he gained at Shell to the world of service and philanthropy.

One of the most important programs that United Way operates in the New Orleans area is Success By 6®, an early childhood education initiative. Success By 6® focuses on getting children ready for kindergarten and first grade, improving their educational outcomes by providing for their emotional, intellectual, and social health.

This project uses a research-based approach, which states that the experiences of young children in their first six years can significantly shift their long-term success. Created with an initial donation of $50,000, Success By 6® has been able to make great strides in areas such as childcare, economic opportunities for families, and service access.

Yale Climate and Energy Institute

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Yale Climate and Energy Institute

David Lawrence has years of experience in the energy industry, most notably during his time at Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Upstream Americas. From 2011 to 2016, David Lawrence shared the experience he gained at Shell, in academia and government with other industry and academic professionals through the advisory board of Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI).

From 2009 until 2016, YCEI served as the hub of multidisciplinary research into climate and energy issues at Yale. The institute provided funds for postdoctoral fellows and research projects and hosted annual conferences alongside its student affiliates.

YCEI also fostered additional work with organizations and individuals outside of Yale, bringing business and government minds into the mix. A few of the major programs started by the institute include an examination of the effects of climate change on health, an interdisciplinary history project, and renewable energy studies.

In total, more than 80 faculty members were involved with YCEI while it operated, and it provided millions of dollars in research funding. YCEI closed at the end of June in 2016.

The Marcellus Shale’s Natural Resources

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Appalachian basin


David Lawrence is a veteran of the oil, gas and energy industry who has previously served as a keynote plenary lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and whose career includes multiple executive roles with Royal Dutch Shell. After his time at Shell, David Lawrence was named to the board of directors at Stone Energy, where he serves on the audit and reserves committee and is Board Liason on strategy and restructuring options.

Based Lafayette, Louisiana, Stone Energy is an exploration company in the oil and natural gas sector. The business includes offices across the United States, from New Orleans to West Virginia, as well as operations in the Gulf of Mexico and the Appalachian basin.

The Appalachian basin includes the Marcellus Shale, a black shale formation located in the northeastern United States that extends from southern New York into Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The shale covers numerous natural gas deposits, estimated at 2,500 trillion cubic feet of resources spanning 20 million acres. The depth of the shale ranges widely, rising above the ground in some spots and in others extending downward to 8,000 feet deep. Today, the region is one of the top areas to being targeted for natural gas resources through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.