Game Creators

Frank Wolakimage0 Frank is the Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) and the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. His recent work studies methods for introducing competition into infrastructure industries – telecommunications, electricity, water delivery, and postal delivery services – and on assessing the impacts of competition policies on consumer and producer welfare. From January 1, 1998 to March 31, 2011, Frank was the Chair of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator for the electricity supply industry in California. Frank was also a member of the Emissions Market Advisory Committee (EMAC), which advised the California Air Resources Board on the design and monitoring of the state’s cap-and-trade market for Greenhouse Gas Emissions allowances.
Mark Thurberimage1 Mark is Associate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University. He uses the energy market game as a central teaching tool in a course he teaches with Frank in the Stanford Graduate School of Business ("Energy Markets and Policy"). Mark studies markets for oil, natural gas, and coal in addition to electricity markets. He coedited and contributed to Oil and Governance, a 2012 book on state-controlled oil companies, and The Global Coal Market, a 2015 book on how policies toward coal in the most important coal producing, consuming, and exporting countries (specifically, China, India, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, and the United States) affect economic and environmental outcomes.
Trevor Davisimage2 Trevor Davis is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. He performs energy-related research under the direction of Frank Wolak and is the lead developer of the Energy Market Game. Prior to arriving at Stanford Trevor worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC.