Dr. Ronald D. Ripple is the Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance in the School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce in the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa. Ron took up his current position lecturing in the TU Master of Energy Business Program in 2013 after spending nearly fourteen years in Australia, with another year in Hong Kong. Dr. Ripple has studied oil and natural gas markets for over 38 years, getting his start in the Office of the Governor of Alaska. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Alaska North Slope natural gas, and recently authored a chapter on the Geopolitics of Australia Natural Gas Development for the joint Harvard-Rice Geopolitics of Natural Gas Study. In between these two studies, Ron has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, trade press articles, and reports, typically focusing on oil and natural gas markets and the financial derivatives markets that support them. Dr. Ripple is also VP for Conferences for the International Association for Energy Economics.