Benedicte Tangen Istad is Consulting Research Associate at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Istad's research interests include national oil companies and the development of the European natural gas market.
Istad holds a Bachelors and a Master of Management degree from the Norwegian School of Management, with specialization in energy market strategies, management, economy and internationalization. Her masters thesis studied the future of LNG in Europe.
Istad is based in Oslo, Norway. Since mid 2009 she has worked as senior project coordinator for Petroleum Resource Group AS, a Norwegian consultancy company within the energy industry. Istad also serves as a board member for different family-owned entities involved in the oil industry. As senior coordinator for the Energy Policy Foundation of Norway from 2000 through 2009, she was responsible for organizing the yearly "Sanderstølen Conference," one of the top retreats for high-level energy industry executives.