Victor Der PhD Chief Representative - North America

Victor joined the Institute in May 2011 as Chief Representative – North America after serving as the Assistant Secretary (acting) for Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy (USDOE) where he has worked for over 37 years. He has led the Office of Fossil Energy in the areas of Clean Coal, CCS, Oil and Gas R&D, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He has also served in various prior capacities at USDOE including the Principal Deputy for Fossil Energy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and CCS.

Victor is the former Chair of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Policy Group, and also served as the Chair of the CSLF Technical Group. His prior experience includes research and management in advanced nuclear energy, geologic storage of high-level nuclear waste, and superconductivity for magnetic fusion energy, NASA’s Apollo 15 moon mission project and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program on modelling the upper atmospheric density.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.