Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy is Where the World Connects for Energy Policy. 

CGEP’s mission is to enable public and private sector leaders to make more informed choices about the world’s most pressing energy issues by providing an independent and interdisciplinary platform for insights and datadriven analysis, convening and information-sharing, education and training, and actionable recommendations on the current and future global energy system.

We accomplish this using the following key strategies:

  • Produce best-in-class research rooted in academic work, but delivered in formats and on timeframes that are accessible and useful to those outside academia.
  • Provide a global platform to communicate the insights from that research across traditional and new media, public events, and private roundtables, leveraging Columbia’s exceptional faculty and global reach.
  • Train tomorrow’s leaders and communicators by teaching students how to do and apply research, training journalists and others on the key factors influencing the global energy system, and providing opportunities and mentorship to the next generation of energy policy and market leaders.

Based at one of the world’s great research universities, the Center combines academic research with the experience of senior energy experts from government, academia, industry and non- governmental organizations. The result is robust, accessible and actionable analysis, which the Center disseminates through public forums, research, roundtable discussions, conferences and the media. In addition to its ability to harness the world-class faculty of Columbia across many disciplines, the Center utilizes the University’s global reach through its physical centers in key energy countries including Brazil, Turkey, India and China.

Our Partners

Academic Steering Committee members

CGEP is supported by an Academic Steering Committee composed of leading faculty in relevant fields at Columbia University. The committee provides intellectual guidance and support for our research and programs around the world. 

Dr. Scott Barrett: Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs

Travis Bradford: Associate Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs & Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs

Steve Cohen: Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

Dr. Alex Cooley: Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard 

Dr. Tim Frye: Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Columbia University 

Michael B. Gerrard: Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Dr. Alex Halliday: Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute

Dr. Geoffrey M. Heal: Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

Dr. Peter Keleman: Arthur D. Storke Professor & Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Safwan Masri: Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development; Director, Columbia Global Centers | Amman; Faculty, Columbia Business School

Dr. Vijay Modi: Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Alissa Park: Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science & Director, Lenfest Center for Sustinable Energy, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Ken Prewitt: Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs; Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University 

Dr. Wolfram Schlenker: Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

Dr. Steve Sestanovich: Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, School of International and Public Affairs

Dr. Jan Svejnar: Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy, School of International and Public Affairs


Columbia University Resources

In addition to CGEP's formal affiliation with Columbia University's Earth Institute, CGEP partners with and supports research across the University network related to energy and environment issues.

Energy, Environment and Climate

Geopolitics and Foreign Policy

Economics and Business


SIPA Partners in Improving Energy Policy

The Center on Global Energy Policy is supported by Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) through contributions from different sources including foundations, corporations, and individual donors who share Columbia’s commitment to improving energy policy through rigorous and independent analysis and engaged dialogue on global climate and energy issues. SIPA is deeply appreciative of those who have supported the work of its Center on Global Energy Policy in FY 2018 and year to date FY 2019.

Leadership Annual Circle

ABN Amro

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Aphorism Foundation

Aramco Services Company

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust

Bloomberg Philanthropies



Cheniere Energy, Inc.



The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Mr. Arjun Murti

Mary Anne and Jim Rogers

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Tellurian Inc.

Total S.A.

Wintershall Holding GmbH

Sustaining Annual Circle

American Gas Association


Arosa Capital Management LP

Ms. Anna Nikolayevsky, Axel Capital Management

Mr. Nick Beim

Mr. Jay Bernstein

Mr. Jim Clark

Cimarex Energy Co.

ClimateWorks Foundation

CME Group Inc.

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation



Global Infrastructure Partners

Mr. Jonathan Goldberg, BBL Commodities

Mr. Matthew Harris 

Mr. Brooks Klimley

Mr. Jeffrey Kupfer

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

Linden Trust for Conservation

Mr. Mark Lundstrom

Mr. Eduardo Martinez

Mr. John Moon

Dr. Wednesday Martin and Joel Moser

Mr. Brett A. Olsher and Mrs. Christina N. Olsher

Mr. Dave Pell

Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Pioneer Natural Resources

Point72 Asset Management LP

Mr. Steve Rattner

Mr. Theodore Roosevelt IV

Mr. Gerald M. Rosberg

 Dr. Gary N. Ross

Kimberley and Scott Sheffield

Schlumberger Limited

Steinberg Asset Management

Ms. Barbara Suzanne Thomas

Tokyo Gas Company, Ltd.

Mr. Enzo Viscusi

Mr. Douglas Michael Wharton

Mr. Bill White

WPX Energy, Inc.

Note: All gifts must be approved via the University processes before being accepted. Unless otherwise noted in relevant research, publications, and conference materials, all contributions are general use gifts that allow SIPA and its Center on Global Energy Policy discretion in how the funds are allocated. Consistent with the University’s robust review and approval of all funding, certain gifts must be reviewed by the relevant University committees, including the Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee and International Gift Review Committee. More information on these policies is available via the University’s Office of Research Compliance and Training and the Office of Alumni and Development.

Note: Leadership Circle members consist of those foundations, corporations, and individual donors that have made: (i) an annual commitment of $200,000 or more; or (ii) a multiyear, aggregate commitment in excess of $500,000.