Rep. Chris Hansen, Ph.D.
Chris Hansen specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20 years of experience in the global energy industry. His current role at Janys Analytics is focused on energy sector advising and the commercialization of social media-derived products. He is the Representative for District 6 in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the east-central neighborhoods of Denver.
Previously, as Senior Director at IHS he led a global portfolio of energy events and partnerships, including programs and communities for CERAWeek, a 3000-person executive event focused on energy markets. In addition, he directed a social media analytics development team with a suite of products across several industries. Dr. Hansen was based in Dubai in 2008-09, where he managed a comprehensive review of the Emirate’s energy sector. He is a co-creator of the OptGen analysis, IHS CERA’s unique tool for applying financial portfolio techniques to power generation.
Before joining IHS, Dr. Hansen was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he analyzed electricity and gas sector reform in India, and published several papers in professional journals on energy sector economics and policy analysis. Dr. Hansen holds a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT; and a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University.
Hansen’s community involvement includes serving on the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board as Secretary, the Co-Chair of the Colorado Energy Coalition, the Central City Opera Board Executive Committee, Denver Kids Mentoring Program, and the UC-Denver Business School Advisory Board. In 2012, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund.