Dr. Scott Tinker is a global energy explorer and educator. In his visits to some 65 countries Scott has experienced the extremes of poverty and wealth. Through interactions with prime ministers and students, industry leaders and academics, senators and citizens, he has grown to understand that solutions to many of the world’s great challenges lie at the overlap of energy, economy and environment, a space he calls the “radical middle.”

As an awarded author and filmmaker, national public radio show host, endowed chair professor, State Geologist, academic researcher and administrator, professional society leader, industry board member, government advisor, NGO Chairman, entrepreneur, and angel investor Scott is able to help audiences see through the haze of political energy rhetoric. Having presented nearly 1000 keynote and invited lectures around the globe to audiences ranging from the U.S. Senate to international students; corporate boards to high school teachers; international conference keynotes to private C-suite dinners; Dr. Tinker is in extremely high demand.

Several years ago Scott recognized that people were reading less, and watching film more. Through his partnership with Harry Lynch, a recognized documentary filmmaker, they have made two feature-length films (one on global energy and one on global energy poverty); produced a short format major museum film for IMAX screens; made several film series, Energy Primers, an energy lab aeries, an energy classroom for AP environmental high school students nationwide, and more. Through this medium they have reached over 15 million people in 50 countries.

Dr. Tinker’s current board, councils and commissions include:


  • Trinity University Board of Trustees
  • Jackson School of Geosciences Executive Committee
  • University of Michigan Department of Geosciences Advisory Board

Federal and State Government

  • National Petroleum Council, U.S. Secretary of Energy appointment
  • The Energy Council
  • Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Texas Governor appointment
  • TexNet Technical Advisory Committee, Texas Governor appointment

Private Sector

  • Switch Energy Alliance 501(c)3, Chairman of the Board, Founder
  • Shell Science Council
  • Southwest Research Institute Advisory Trustee
  • X Microwave, investor and Board of Managers
  • Deep Isolation, Advisory Committee
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I have watched and attended an awful lot of virtual meetings, webinars, and talks this year. Yours is the most important and thought provoking of all.
I like very much your style of interacting with industry, the public and government on realism and balance. I don’t know anyone else with your visibility who delivers crafted messages to these audiences. I admire what you are doing.
I am indebted to you for your exacting and enthralling overview, which did so much to guide these directors in their respective roles.
We have been overwhelmed by the positive responses we’ve received from all those attending your keynote speech.
A colleague of mine recently sent me a presentation by Dr. Tinker. I must say it's one of the best I have ever seen!
At the end of most lectures, sponsors and attendees edge toward the door. That is, except for yours, which looked like the end of a church service where everyone stays to visit. In your case, it was to go, ‘Wow, this is really, really, interesting stuff.’

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