NEW YORK, December 1, 2017 - The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announced today that Katherine Spector, a leading energy market analyst, has joined as a Research Scholar where she will focus on global commodities, energy markets and policy.

“We’re excited to have Katherine join the CGEP-SIPA team,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “Her expertise in energy markets and economics will be invaluable to our research program. As the global energy sector faces new disruption, sound analysis and insights are key to formulating effective government policy.”
"It’s an honor to be joining such an impressive roster of energy experts as well as a world class university,” said Spector. “CGEP is well-positioned not only to lead the debate on critical energy policy issues, but to provide a valuable link between academia, policymakers and the private sector, and I look forward to being part of that conversation."

Spector has a long career in energy market analysis. Over the past fifteen years, she produced thought-leading research at major banks. Most recently, she initiated Commodities Strategy for the sales and trading desk at CIBC World Markets based in New York where she was responsible for the bank’s energy price forecasts and market views. Her analysis included global energy supply/demand fundamentals, money flows, and geopolitics.

Prior to joining CIBC, she headed the Global Energy Strategy group as part of JPMorgan’s Commodities Sales & Trading team. She was an Energy Strategist on the Deutsche Bank Commodity Sales & Trading desk, and worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group. She worked as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at SIPA.

Spector is currently a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum.

She graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petro-states, and implications for democratization.

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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 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.