William A. Nitze

William A. Nitze

Aspen Institute Trustee, Chairman, Oceana Energy Company

William A. Nitze is Chairman of Oceana Energy Company, a company that is developing and seeking to commercialize a new hydrokinetic technology to convert tidal energy into electricity, and of Clear Path Technologies, Inc., a company that designs and builds neutron-based systems for detecting and identifying explosives and other dangerous substances in containers.  He is also the co-founder of GridPoint, Inc., a company that develops and markets intelligent energy management systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications.  Mr. Nitze also serves on the Advisory Board of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University and as President of the Committee for the Republic.

Mr. Nitze has held key positions in government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in the United States and abroad.  From 1994 to 2001, he served as Assistant Administrator for International Activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  He was President of the Alliance to Save Energy from 1990 to 1994.  Before that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, Health and Natural Resources from 1987 to 1990.  In that capacity, he had a lead role in international negotiations on global issues such as climate change, ozone layer protection and trans-boundary air pollution.  Early in his career, Mr. Nitze worked in the legal department of Mobil Oil Corporation and was General Counsel of Mobil Oil Japan from 1976 to 1980.

Mr. Nitze is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the European Institute.

Mr. Nitze is a graduate of Harvard College, Wadham College, Oxford, and Harvard Law School.  He is a member of the State of New York and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.