Michael Cohen

Chief U.S. Economist and Head of Oil and Refining, BP

Michael Cohen is the chief U.S. economist and head of oil and refining for BP’s Strategy and Sustainability group. In this role, he is responsible for short-, medium-, and long-term oil market and U.S. policy analysis that informs BP’s leadership team, the BP Energy Outlook, and the Statistical Review. Prior to joining BP in May 2019, Cohen was Barclays’ global head of commodities research, responsible for preparing and delivering differentiated research on commodities markets to Barclays’ global corporate and institutional investor client base. He worked for a decade in the public sector as an economist with the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs and as a senior member of the Oil Markets Division at the International Energy Agency. Prior to government service, Cohen worked on electricity market design for LECG (now Navigant) and as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power. He serves as a non-resident fellow at the Colorado School of Mines and frequently lectures on energy, oil markets, and geopolitics at several universities. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual undergraduate degrees in business and political science from the Ohio State University and a masters in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.