Nikos Tsafos

Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Programme

Nikos Tsafos is a senior fellow with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he writes, speaks and oversees research on the geopolitics of energy and the energy transition more broadly. He has written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest and other outlets, and he has been quoted in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Axios, and elsewhere. Nikos speaks widely on energy and has testified before Congress on natural gas issues.

Before CSIS, Nikos advised companies and governments in over 30 countries on some of the world’s most complex energy projects. He led PFC Energy's (now IHS Markit) global gas consulting practice and oversaw the firm's research on natural gas. From 2014 to 2017, he was an adviser to the Alaska State Legislature on the Alaska liquefied natural gas project.

He also spent four years as an adjunct lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he taught a popular graduate-level course on natural gas. He holds a B.A. in international relations and economics, with a minor in statistics, from Boston University, and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.