New York, NY – In a sign of its growing influence on policy and political discussions around energy production in the US and around the world, the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) today announced that Ambassador Carlos Pascual will be joining the Center in the Fall as a Fellow and Senior Research Scholar.
“I am thrilled that Carlos Pascual is joining the Center on Global Energy Policy’s rapidly growing team. With his background leading the Foreign Policy Studies Program at Brookings and serving in senior government policy roles, few people better combine the Center’s commitment to producing high-quality academic research informed by real-world policy experience at the highest levels. From serving in Mexico to Ukraine to building a new energy bureau at the US State Department, Carlos is uniquely qualified to help us fulfill our mission of informing the policy process and public dialogue about the rapidly changing global energy landscape,” said Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy.
As a Fellow during the upcoming Fall semester, Pascual will teach a course to students in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as generate original research on the geopolitics of energy, including the implications of the recent increased US energy production. He will also help maximize the Center’s policy impact, which in its first year has emerged as a key resource for policymakers, industry, NGOs, and the wider public seeking to get beyond the polarization that often threatens to overwhelm energy debates.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to join the most dynamic new center on global energy policy,” commented Carlos Pascual. “The Center on Global Energy Policy is making a mark throughout the world, shaping insights and policy that affect markets, the environment, geopolitics and national security. I look forward to helping the Center deepen its leadership position on energy geopolitics and what it means for our foreign policy and economic interests.”
Pascual joins the Center from his most recent position as Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the US Department of State. Prior to his appointment by US Secretary of State Clinton, Pascual served as the US Ambassador to Mexico. He was also a Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, and prior to that, was the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and worked for USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique. He has dedicated his career to public service and in addition to his professional work has served on the boards of directors for the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Internews Network. He has also served on the Advisory Group for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.
The Center’s Fellows Program brings leading energy policy thought leaders to the Center on Global Energy Policy for 6-12 months at a time to research and write, lead study groups with students, and otherwise contribute to Columbia University's robust and deep intellectual community focused on energy issues.