Wolak to head Energy and Sustainable Development Program

Frank Wolak

Frank Wolak

Frank Wolak, a professor of economics and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has been named director of FSI's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD).

Wolak, the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies, has examined energy systems in the United States and in emerging global markets. He is the chairman of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator for the state's electricity supply industry. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, among other professional affiliations.

Wolak succeeds PESD founder David Victor, who stepped down April 1. PESD Assistant Director Mark Thurber will serve as acting director until Wolak takes over in September.

Victor, a law professor and FSI senior fellow, will continue teaching at Stanford through the end of this summer. He is leaving to join the faculty of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California-San Diego, where he will build a research group working on the study of international regulation.

"FSI and Stanford are extremely grateful to David Victor for all that he has done to establish PESD and build it into the innovative and influential research program that it is today," said FSI Director Coit D. Blacker, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies. "I know that the entire Stanford community joins me in extending our best wishes to David and in offering a hearty welcome to Frank."