Senior Research Fellow
Mr. Banks is an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to teaching a graduate-level course on Global Electricity Markets, he is assisting the Energy, Resources and Environment Program (ERE) in expanding electricity related content in the curriculum.
He also serves as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He contributed to the formation of, and helped run, Brookings’ Global Electricity and Technology Roundtable, a biannual, private meeting of senior utility and technology industry executives, state and federal government officials, financial institutions, regulators, academia, and others designed to discuss major developments in the electricity sector globally. Since joining Brookings, he has worked on research dealing with nuclear power, the transition of the electricity sector in Germany and Japan, the role of distributed energy resources in the US, electricity access in emerging markets, and the future role of coal.
Mr. Banks worked as a management consultant for over 20 years advising governments, companies, and regulators throughout the world on energy policy, security, and governance issues. He has worked for a number of firms including Nexant, Inc. the successor company to Bechtel Technology & Consulting, and BearingPoint (now Deloitte) in New York.
He has authored or co-authored dozens of energy reports, published numerous articles, and has provided expert testimony. He is a co-editor and author of a recently published book examining the role of the nuclear industry in proliferation prevention. Mr. Banks has worked in twenty-four countries outside the US. He holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.