Bio (Jeffrey B. Kucharski)
Jeffrey B. Kucharski
Dr. Jeff Kucharski is a strategic thinker, policy entrepreneur and international business facilitator whose career has been strongly focused on initiatives to improve the ability of companies to do business globally. Over the course of his broad and diverse public service career, Kucharski held roles responsible for international business and trade development, policy development, strategic planning, strategic partnership building, national and international government relations, energy regulatory affairs and project management. He led major organizational re-engineering projects, founded new industry/business organizations, negotiated international agreements with key trading partners and facilitated new business relationships for dozens of companies in international markets over the span of his 26 years in government. Kucharski is both a practitioner and an academic who aims to bring lived experience to his research and teaching. His academic research interests include international trade, energy policy, energy trade, low-carbon transitions and the geopolitics of the international energy business.
Kucharski’s career experience ranges from providing trade development assistance and advice to Canadian companies to leading complex multi-stakeholder processes focused on important public policy issues. He has extensive international experience gained through a variety of roles, including a total of more than 13 years living and working in Asia. He headed a Canadian consulate, a provincial trade office and an industry association office while posted to Japan on several occasions. Most recently, as assistant deputy minister at the Alberta Department of Energy, Kucharski co-led various federal-provincial task groups on energy issues, led a major regulatory review of Alberta's energy sector, and negotiated formal energy cooperation agreements with the governments of China and Japan to enhance energy security and expand energy cooperation. He has published peer-reviewed research in several international journals and with various academic institutions, including the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the University of Calgary Policy School.
Kucharski holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta (1981), a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta (2001) and a Doctor of Energy Science from the Graduate School of Energy Science, Department of Socio-environmental Energy Science, Kyoto University in Japan (2016).