Appian Capital Advisory LLP had announced the appointment of The Honorable Frank Fannon as a Senior Geostrategy Advisor, based in Washington D.C.
As SGA, Fannon will work closely with Appian’s senior leadership team to provide insight and advice on prospective and current investments across the company’s portfolio. He will also advise Appian on government and public affairs, specifically critical minerals policies across the key markets where Appian operates.
Fannon currently serves as the Managing Director of Fannon Global Advisors, a strategic advisory firm which specialises in geo-political trends, the energy transition, and market transformations, after a successful career in the private and public sector in the U.S.
Prior to Fannon Global Advisors, in May 2018 Fannon was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as the inaugural Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, a position he held until January this year. As “America’s Energy Diplomat”, he led U.S. Government initiatives across the Indo-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa region to advance free, open markets, and resilient supply chains. Fannon also established the multi-country Energy Resources Governance Initiative to share global mining best practice and improve governance.
Before joining the Department for State, Fannon was Head of Corporate Affairs at BHP, where he established its U.S. corporate affairs function and led climate change campaigns. Fannon was also previously the principal U.S. advisor to the BHP Foundation, focused on transparency and governance, environmental resilience, and education equity.
Prior to BHP, Fannon led Government Affairs for Murphy Oil Corporation, and was also counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – where he drafted, negotiated, and helped pass into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
After graduating with a B.A. from Radford University, Virginia, Fannon gained an M.A. in International, Economics & Trade, from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, and also holds a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. Frank is currently a (non-resident) senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.