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The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a Women in Energy lunch and roundtable discussion with Alia Mohammed, former Senior Analyst for Energy Security at the U.S. Department of Energy under the Obama Administration. Ms. Mohammed discussed her job history, career paths, and perspectives on what it means to be a female leader in the energy industry.


Alia Mohammed was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve within the U.S. Department of Energy in the office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis in May 2016. In this capacity, Alia covered the oil and natural gas markets through research, strategy, and analysis with the energy security team.

Prior to this position, Alia was a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. She presided over all commercial and foreign military exports to Europe, Central Asia, Russia, Turkey, and in this capacity, Alia had a particular focus working with American energy companies seeking to expand their international opportunities. Overall, Alia’s diverse portfolio at Commerce generated over $25B in U.S. exports.

Alia began her tenure in public service in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, specializing in finance, budgetary, and energy issues and developed her career in the private sector in London, U.K. at a boutique wealth management firm. She holds an MA in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and also degrees in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Baylor University in Texas, where she received her BA.

In 2015, Alia was the recipient of the Silver Medal Award for Meritorious Federal Service from the Secretary of Commerce and was also a distinguished Women in Industry speaker at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference the same year.