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We are excited to invite you to our symposium and hope to curate an interactive experience for our participants. ​

This year, the symposium features Keynotes, Panel Discussions, Spotlight Speaker Sessions, Roundtable Coffee Chats, a Show and Tell Tech Demo, and a Networking Reception.

Symposium Agenda

9:20 AM - 9:45 AM

Check-In at Harlem Parish

258 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

check-in will be available all day

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA and Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Keynote Address

Diego Mesa, Former Minister of Energy and Mines of Colombia and Senior Climate Economist at the IMF

MODERATOR: Ugo Nwadiani, MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Panel A: Climate Finance in 2023

  • Sean Diskin, Head of Power & Utilities M&A, Managing DirectorBarclays

  • Jon Fouts, Co-Head of Power & Utilities, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

  • Matt Lipton Partners, Co-Head of Infrastructure Investment ResearchPartners Group

  • McKean Tompkins, Vice President, Infrastructure OpportunitiesAres Management

MODERATOR: Shanthakumar Bannirchelvam, Associate, Nomura Greentech

Roundtable Coffee Chats

  • Roundtable 1: Amy R. Henry, CEO/Co-Founder of Eunike Ventures

  • Roundtable 2: Enrique Glotzer, Principal, Charles River Associates’ Energy Practice

  • Roundtable 3: Abraham Wapner, Associate, Rabobank

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel B: Startups and Venture in the Energy Transition

  • Donnel Baird, CEO, BlocPower

  • Jolene Gurevich, Director, Breakthrough Energy Fellowship Program

  • Mark Lewis, Managing Director, Lime Rock New Energy

  • Adam Cohen, CTO, NineDot Energy

MODERATOR: Kaitlin Butler, Investment Associate, NY Green Bank

Spotlight Speaker Session 1

Richard Kauffman, Chair of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Chair of the Board of Directors of Generate Capital 

MODERATOR: Matthew Shulman, MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Spotlight Speaker Session 2

Vikas Anand, Co-Founder of GoGreen Investments Corporation, ex-CEO of GE Renewable Energy Onshore Wind Americas

MODERATOR: Remi Banaga, MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Spotlight Speaker Session 3

Kanika Chawla, Chief of Staff of Sustainable Energy for All 

MODERATOR: Carolin Kopf, MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Roundtable Coffee Chats

  • Roundtable 4: Diana Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

  • Roundtable 5: Xixi Chen, Clean Energy Manager at the World Resources Institute 

  • Roundtable 6: Tatsatom Gonçalves, Research Analyst II at the World Resources Institute


Show & Tell: Start Up / Tech Demo

  • Clip Bike - Clipped Electric Biking Technology 

  • FeelIt Technologies - Nanotechnology, Predictive Maintenance, Sustainable Smart Manufacturing

  • Flux Tailor - Information Management for Sustainability

  • INOVUES - Window Retrofit Innovations

  • Its Electric - Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Built for Cities​

  • Power 2 Hydrogen - Hydrogen for Industrial Use, Transportation, and Renewables

  • Voltpost - The Lamppost Electric Vehicle Charger

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote Address

Paul Simons, Senior Fellow at Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University, retired U.S. Ambassador, and ex-Deputy Executive Director and ex-Chief Operating Officer of the International Energy Agency

MODERATOR: Dr. Luisa Palacios, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy

Closing Remarks 

Michael Gerrard, Founder and Faculty Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, and Senior Counsel for Arnold & Porter

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception @ The Row House Harlem


Roundtable Coffee Chats

Columbia Energy Symposium committee is proud to present the roundtable coffee chat series. Throughout the day, we will host intimate conversations with seasoned experts around different energy topics. A separate registration is required to attend one of these sessions.

Roundtable 1 - Topic: The Potential of New Technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT to Transform the Energy Sector and Create New Business Opportunities

Expert: Amy R. Henry, CEO and Co-Founder of Eunike Ventures

Roundtable 2 - Topic: Electrification of Transportation

Expert: Enrique Glotzer, Principal, Charles River Associates’ Energy Practice

Roundtable 3 - Topic: Launching a Career in Renewable Energy Project Finance

Expert: Abraham Wapner, Associate, Rabobank

Roundtable 4 - Topic: Energy Insecurity, Poverty, and Health

Expert: Diana Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Roundtable 5 - Topic: Scaling Solar Investment in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets to Achieve the SDGs

Expert: Xixi Chen, Clean Energy Manager, the World Resources Institute 

Roundtable 6 - Topic: Corporate and Industrial Demand for Renewable Energy in Asia

Expert: Tatsatom Gonçalves, Research Analyst II, the World Resources Institute 

Roundtable Coffee Chats

Networking Reception

In-person networking drinks and food to meet your fellow energy enthusiasts.

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

@ Row House Harlem, 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Networking Reception
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