Brian DaRin is a Project Manager at the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI).
He has over 25 years of international affairs and policy experience in energy, monetary, trade, technology, and other economic issues. DaRin came to EFI following a distinguished diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State. He served at United States missions to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Belize, and Mongolia with the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Domestically, DaRin directed the approval of billions of dollars in critical energy infrastructure as head of presidential pipeline permitting for hydrocarbons. DaRin also served as co-chair of the Defense Logistics Agency’s Materials Impacts Committee, a representative for the Department of State at the National Petroleum Council, and a representative for the National Security Council’s National Emergency Grid Planning and Strategic Minerals Committees.
At the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, DaRin was the political-economic section chief where he advised senior U.S. officials on developments in Japan’s energy sector and burgeoning gas importation needs. At Embassy Kabul, DaRin was head of energy and minerals development. While at the Department of State, in addition to a focus on energy-related policy issues, DaRin specialized in international monetary affairs, political-military affairs, and other national security issues. With USAID Mongolia, DaRin established the first U.S. Trade Linkage Office and drafted the first Country Commercial Guide to Mongolia.
DaRin has a Master of Business Administration in international management with a focus in international finance and Mandarin from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and fine arts with a minor in economics from the Virginia Military Institute.