Mr Allen graduated from Iowa State University in 1981 with a BS in Physics and received an MS degree in Physics from KU in 1984. He worked as a technical translator of Russian and Japanese, editing journals of translations for the US government. He worked with the US Department of State as the coordinator of the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission’s Regional Investment Initiative for the Russian Far East, and later as head of American Business Centers in Khabarovsk and Sakhalin for the US Department of Commerce. He joined ExxonMobil in 2001 as manager of government and public relations for its offshore projects on the island of Sa-khalin. He was posted to Tokyo in 2008-2012 as manager of government and public relations for the ExxonMobil Ja-pan Group, and was active in emergency response during the 2011 earthquake / tsunami and a major divestment for the group in 2012. He is now posted to ExxonMobil’s office in Northern Virginia, and is responsible for issue manage-ment teams in water, sustainability and advanced fuels/vehicles.