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Duane R Verner

Duane R. Verner

Director, Global Energy and Climate Security


Duane Verner is the Resilience Assessment Group Manager within the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He oversees staffing and technical assignments relating to regional energy security, climate change adaptation, critical infrastructure resilience, system modeling, and artificial intelligence (AI). He leads Argonne’s support to the United States Department of Energy Office of International Affairs and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to develop and implement projects on the protection of critical energy networks and energy related aspects of disaster risk reduction in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2021, Duane served as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow with the goal of promoting collaboration with Austria and the European Union to develop a climate-resilient economy in the Western Balkans. For this program, the focus was on policy development and institutional capacity building to support Kosovo in implementing commitments under the Paris Agreement and the EU Climate and Energy Framework.   

Duane regularly contributes to the international resilience and security research community through presentations, publications, and trans-Atlantic collaboration, including serving as a Civil Expert within NATO’s Energy Planning Group, participating in the OECD High Level Risk Forum, and serving as an active member of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid COE). He has provided project management and methodology development support to the United States Department of Homeland Security Regional Resiliency Assessment Program since its inception in 2009. Prior to his position with Argonne, he was a project manager for a private sector engineering firm in New York City, working in the energy, transportation, and homeland security sectors.

He is a certified planner and holds an MA in Urban Planning.