NEW YORK, November 27, 2017 - The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announced today that Amy Myers Jaffe, one of the foremost thought leaders on global energy policy, geopolitical risk and energy and sustainability issues, will join as Director of CGEP’s Women in Energy program.

Jaffe, who also serves as the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the energy security and climate change program at the Council on Foreign Relations, will support the growth and strategic direction of the Women in Energy program, which serves to enhance the presence and leadership of women in energy and related sectors. The Women in Energy program supports women and student leadership skills training and mentoring, access to networking opportunities, and internship and full-time employment opportunities.

“Diversity throughout teams, leadership and thinking is instrumental to great success in government, business and academia. CGEP and SIPA recognize this is no different in the energy sector, and we are committed to do our part to support the professional development of women,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “We are proud to have Amy lead CGEP’s Women in Energy program and elevate the exceptional work that has already made the program so successful. As one of the most respected leaders in the energy field today, Amy is a perfect fit to drive this important program forward, and she will be an invaluable role model to students and women professionals pursuing careers in the energy sector.”

 “Diversity goes hand in hand with the innovation leadership that will be critical to providing energy solutions for the coming decades,” said Jaffe, “I am so honored to be able to work with CGEP’s Women in Energy program founder Jully Merino and the outstanding CGEP team to build on CGEP’s success in supporting the next generation of women leaders in energy at this important moment of transformation in the energy sector.”

Jaffe has a long and distinguished career in academia. She served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, and senior advisor on energy and sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California Regents. She was formerly a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies and founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

She is a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council and the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Future Council on International Security. Jaffe was previously chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas for the WEF, and she was awarded the Senior Fellow award from the United States Association for Energy Economics in 2015 for her career contributions to the organization and to the field of energy economics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic.

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About the Center on Global Energy Policy

The Center on Global Energy Policy is an independent, nonpartisan, academic organization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. CGEP seeks to strengthen the understanding of global energy policy issues and support leaders working to solve today’s most pressing energy challenges. To achieve its mission, CGEP conducts and supports world-class academic research; convenes leaders from around the world to advance the energy dialogue; builds bridges with partners beyond the academy to connect rigorous analysis with real-world applications and systems; and trains students to become the next generation of energy scholars, executives and policymakers. Based at one of the world’s great research universities located in the heart of New York City, Columbia University is Where the World Connects for Energy Policy.