Paul Hueper's term ended on September 19, 2022.
Paul Hueper is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Governance and Access in the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR). Since 2011, he has served as Director of ENR’s Office of Energy Programs, which manages two global foreign assistance programs and complementary diplomatic engagement on energy and mineral resource sector governance and capacity building. During the past decade, Mr. Hueper has overseen bilateral and multilateral technical engagement in more than 60 countries worldwide.
Mr. Hueper has three decades of global energy and mining work experience at multiple U.S. government agencies and in the private sector. His career has focused heavily on exploration frontiers and associated technical, regulatory, investment, and governance challenges. His geographic experience encompasses extensive engagement and work in dozens of countries on six continents.
Mr. Hueper’s background includes supporting energy sector development and security in the Caucasus and Central Asia during the post-Soviet transition years; leading the first U.S. interagency assessment mission to northern Afghanistan’s natural gas sector in 2002, technical capacity building, and logistics and security planning for a 600-kilometer geophysical survey; engaging in Libya’s oil sector following the initial lifting of U.S. sanctions in 2004; serving as U.S. observer at the Sudan-South Sudan oil negotiations in 2011, followed by in-country capacity building; designing and overseeing implementation of U.S. assistance for Ukraine’s gas sector beginning in 2014; and since 2015, leading a wide range of multilateral and bilateral engagement and technical assistance to ensure sound extractive resource sector governance and the expanded use of renewable energy in the Arctic region.
Mr. Hueper has a B.A. from Duke University and M.B.A. from Indiana University. He has done graduate level study in geology and has rare earth element and critical mineral resource geological field experience, including in alkaline intrusive complexes and carbonatites, as well as in sedimentary facies analysis. He belongs to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of America.