The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network

The German Marshall Fund of the United States
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Translatlantic Fellow, Energy & Society

Kristine Berzina is a transatlantic fellow in the Energy & Society program at GMF, where she is responsible for shaping energy programming in Europe and contributing to GMF’s work in the United States. Berzina is an expert on transatlantic energy issues and has authored several publications about transatlantic energy trade flows, resource exploration in the Arctic, European bioenergy policy, resource efficiency, foreign policy in the Baltic States, and international affairs more broadly.

Prior to joining GMF, Berzina was a Berlin-based consultant on energy and environmental policy managing projects that included evaluating European perceptions of U.S. liquid natural gas exports and assessing EU member state progress in reaching air quality and resource efficiency goals. Before that, shewas a transatlantic fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, where her work focused on knowledge sharing between the United States and the EU in the energy sector, EU energy policy, and climate change issues in the Baltic region. She has also worked on climate change adaptation and international development while a research analyst in Washington, DC.

Berzina is widely recognized as a thought leader and is a frequently invited speaker at conferences, symposia, and other events to speak for diverse audiences throughout the energy sector including the Aspen Institute’s Bucharest Forum on Energy and Congressional delegation briefings with the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Her analysis has appeared in Roll Call and she has been quoted or interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor and the SNL Daily Gas Report.

In addition to her work with GMF, Berzina is an associate fellow at the Latvian Institute for International Affairs. She is a native Latvian and English speaker and fluent in German.

Berzina completed a master's degree in international relations at the University of Cambridge, where her thesis focused on evaluating the EU Commission’s Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan. She received her bachelor’s in political science and history from Yale University.