Paul L. Kelly is an internationally recognized consultant on energy and ocean policy and is a retired Senior Vice President of Rowan Companies, Inc. For four administrations, he was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee, serving as chairman of the committee from 1994 to 1996. In 1991, President Bush appointed him to serve on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy established to examine the major issues affecting America’s coasts and oceans. Currently he serves as a member of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and on the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel providing independent advice under the Bush Administration’s Ocean Action Plan. This year he has begun a two-year appointment to the U.S. National Committee of the Census of Marine Life which is assessing the changing diversity, distribution and abundance of marine species, as well as the functional role of marine biodiversity in the United States. He has written widely on the subject of energy policy and is Senior Editorial Advisor of World Oil. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law, and a member of the Oceanography Development Council at Texas A&M University.