David S. Abraham is a strategist providing insight into the natural resource sector. He has experience working in business, non-profit and government and is Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. His book on the growing importance of rare metals to meet exploding green and high tech needs will be published by Yale University Press in early 2015.
Previously, David worked at RBS Sempra Commodities and Lehman Brothers, where he provided geopolitical, credit and economic analysis with a focus on emerging markets. He also oversaw natural resource programs, including the Office of Surface Mining, and international assistance programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
His writing has been published in various outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal Asia and The International Herald Tribune and he has offered analysis for MSNBC, Bloomberg and CBS among others. David most recently wrote a report on critical minerals at the research institute of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and served as a reviewer for the Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Strategy Report among other reports.
David has vast international experience including serving as a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi Fellow, a visiting scholar at Japan's Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry and a fellow at Tokyo University’s School of Public Policy. He has also worked with a United Nations program in Indonesia, a German consultancy and the OSCE monitoring elections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
David also oversaw operations of ClearWater Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean water to people in need. He started the organization’s operations in Japan and Uganda.
David has been selected as a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation, the American Council on Germany and the United States-Japan Leadership Program and is currently a Truman National Security Fellow and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. David holds degrees from Boston College and Tufts University.