Dr. Merklein is a consultant in oil and gas policies. He holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in Economics. He was Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and Energy Security at the U.S. Department of Energy and Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) from 1984 to 1990. As Head of EIA, Dr. Merklein was in effect the Government's chief energy analyst. Prior to Joining the Reagan Administration, Dr. Merklein served for ten years in the upstream oil industry (Getty Oil and Core Lab), and as Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He speaks English, German and French with native fluency and has a solid working knowledge of Spanish.
- "Iraq's Reserve Base and Production Potential" (Middle East Economic Survey, VOL. LII, No 7, 16 February 2009)
- "Coming of Age: The Iraqi Petroleum Industry" (World Oil, Special Supplement to August 2008 Issue, "Middle East and North Africa Outlook")
- "Who Needs Big Oil In Iraq?: The Case For Going It Alone" (Middle East Economic Survey, VOL. XLVII, No 2, 12 January 2004)