Emeka Richard Ochu joined Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy as a Research Associate following a mid-career Program in Economic Policy Management at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He supports CGEP's Carbon Management Research Initiative, focusing on financial and policy analyses for application of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) to power and industrial facilities.

Prior to joining CGEP, Emeka was an Energy Research Economist at the Central Bank of Nigeria, where he published research works on the electricity and gas subsector of the economy, and served in various national energy projects. His research and economic reports have helped in government policy making in the energy and real sector of the Nigerian economy. Previously, he worked in Consulting and Banking as an Energy Finance and Investment Lead, analyzing energy investment opportunities and providing finance for viable renewable energy projects in energy poor communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.   

Emeka holds a Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he focused on Economic Policy Management, a Master of Science in Energy Economics from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, as well as a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Economics from Abia State University, Nigeria.