Chief Energy Economist @ International Energy Agency
Tim Gould was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Economist in 2021. As Chief Energy Economist, he provides strategic advice on energy economics across a wide range of IEA activities and analysis. Mr Gould is also Head of the Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, in which capacity he coleads the World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, and oversees the Agency’s work on investment and finance, including the World Energy Investment report. Mr Gould joined the IEA in 2008, initially as a specialist on Russian and Caspian energy, and in recent years has designed and directed the World Energy Outlook together with the IEA’s Chief Energy Modeller while contributing to the Outlook as a principal author. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr Gould worked on European and Eurasian energy issues in Brussels and has ten years of experience in Eastern Europe, primarily in Ukraine. He graduated from Oxford University and has a post-graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Commercial Officer@ AES Clean Energy
Kleber Costa is a Civil Engineer graduate from Escola Politecnica da Universidade de São Paulo in 1993 and has also earned an MBA from the University of Warwick in the UK in 1999. In October 2020 he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of AES Clean Energy. Before then he served as VP Chief Commercial Officer South America from 2018 – 2020 and as Chief Commercial Officer of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy sector across power, natural gas, oil and LNG. His experience includes origination, structuring and execution of transactions in commodities trading, project development, M&A, corporate and project finance.
Mr. Costa began his career in large energy and infrastructure construction projects in South America. He subsequently worked for NYC and Houston-based corporations and investment banks, covering US and Latin America markets.
Distinguished Visiting Fellow @ Columbia SIPA
Leonardo Beltran is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Columbia University´s Center for Global Energy Policy, a non-resident fellow at the Institute of the Americas, and an executive fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He is also serving his second three-year term on the Administrative Board of Sustainable Energy for All.
Mr. Beltran has had a distinguished 13-year career in public service in the government of Mexico, including as the longest serving Deputy Secretary of Energy (2012-2018). He was also on the Board of Directors of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico´s national oil company and the world´s 10th largest oil producer and was alternate Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico´s national power utility and a Global 500 company.
He holds a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Co-Founding Dean @ Columbia Climate School
Jason Bordoff is Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, and Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University SIPA. He previously served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, held senior policy positions on the White House's National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the world’s leading energy and climate policy experts, Bordoff's research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. He is a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC, has appeared on the Colbert Report, and has published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other leading news outlets.
Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.
Vice President, Global Policy and Public Affairs @ Circulor
Ellen is the Vice President for Global Policy and Public Affairs at Circulor, where she engages with corporations, policymakers, NGOs and press on the sustainability opportunities within complex industrial supply chains.
Ellen has dedicated her career to advocating for clean technologies—running successful campaigns for technologies such as electric vehicles and renewable energy that shape market dynamics and create new business opportunity.
She has held senior positions at Samsung, Audi of America, and the American Wind Energy Association, working internationally across policy, communications, and corporate development.
Ellen has a degree in political science from Villanova University and lives in Munich, Germany.
Vice President @ Wood Mackenzie
Eric is a Vice President and Head of Wood Mackenzie’s Americas Gas & LNG Consulting practice and is a senior leader in the global Energy Transition Landscape and Energy Transition Scenarios teams. He is an industry-recognized midstream, natural gas and LNG expert having spoken at dozens of conferences. In 15 years at Wood Mackenzie, Eric has led hundreds of global and Americas natural gas, LNG, NGL and power commercial and strategy advisory engagements for C-level executives including market studies, midstream, LNG, LDC growth and entry strategies, asset and company commercial and financial due diligence, energy transition and decarbonization strategies.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Eric worked for McKinsey & Co.’s Petroleum Practice as the Americas natural gas specialist and he worked at top-tier independent power producer, Calpine, in its energy trading subsidiary in a variety of commercial roles.
Eric holds an MBA from INSEAD, which included studies at The Wharton School. Prior to the MBA, he earned a B.S. in Economics & International Business from Penn State University and completed the NYMEX Energy Risk Management Master’s level program at University of Houston and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar @Columbia SIPA
Keiko Honda is Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she teaches ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) investing to graduate students.
Honda was appointed as a board member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in June 2020 and AGC (ex Asahi Glass) in March 2020. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Hitotsubashi University and a member of the United Nation’s Investment Management Committee.
Until the end of October 2019, Honda was the Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. MIGA supports cross-border equity investors and lenders by providing coverage against currency inconvertibility and transfer restriction, expropriation, war and civil disturbance, breach of contract, and non-honoring of financial obligations.
Before joining MIGA, Honda was the first woman Senior Partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company, where she advised financial institutions on corporate finance and strategy and business development for 24 years.
Honda holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.
Juan Carlos Jobet
Former Ministro de Minería de Chile
Juan Carlos Jobet is Chile’s former Minister of Energy and Mining. He led Chile’s successful energy transition, including a thorough carbon neutrality plan for the energy sector, a phase out plan for all coal power plants, the accelerated deployment of solar and wind capacity, the development of key transmission infrastructure, Chile’s first energy efficiency law, and an ambitious green hydrogen strategy to position Chile as a top global producer and exporter.
As energy minister, he played leadership roles in several international organizations and initiatives, including as chair of the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation 2021, and as co-chair of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
Throughout his career, he has held several positions in both the public and private sector. He was undersecretary of housing and minister of labor and social security during president Piñera’s first government. He has also worked as investment banker and in private equity. He has held several executive and board positions in industries including pension fund management, real estate, forestry, fin tech, infrastructure and waste management.
He holds an MBA and an MPA from Harvard University, and a bachelor in business and economics from the Catholic University of Chile. He is married and the proud father of three daughters.
Dr. Daniel Kammen
Professor of Sustainability @ University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Kammen is the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (where he serves as Chair), the Goldman School of Public Policy (where he directs the Environmental Policy Center), and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010.
Dr. Kammen is currently on leave from the University of California while serving in the Biden Administration as the Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
His research is focused on the science and policy of decarbonized energy systems, energy access, and environmental justice. He has published more than 400 papers, which are available on his laboratory website, the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (online at http://rael.berkeley.edu).
Partner, Energize Ventures
Tyler drives investment activity and portfolio management for Energize, focusing primarily on the intersection of software with the physical world.
Prior to joining the Fund, Tyler worked at Accenture Strategy, where he shaped new business models and investment plans for Fortune 500 electric utilities and private equity. His work focused on distributed energy resources, regulatory innovation, grid modernization, and transportation electrification. Tyler began his career building commercial solar PV and energy efficiency projects for an energy services company.
Tyler holds a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, where he was an Egleston Scholar.
Tyler is a Board Director for Aurora Solar, Urbint and TWAICE.
Visiting Scholar @
Olivia Lazard is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse.
Olivia is an environmental peacemaking and mediation practitioner as well as a researcher. She has over twelve years of experience in the peacemaking sector at field and policy levels. With an original specialization in the political economy of conflicts, she has worked for various NGOs, the UN, the EU, and donor states in the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, and parts of Asia. In her fieldwork, her focus was to understand how globalization and the international political economy shaped patterns of violence and vulnerability patterns as well as formed new types of conflict systems that our international governance architecture has difficulty tackling with agility. It is also through fieldwork that she came to observe the ways in which the plundering of ecosystems feeds conflict systems across the world and contributes to climate disruptions.
Her research at the field level and on thematic issues has led to support the European External Action Service in integrating environmental peacemaking as part of their mediation toolkit. Prior to joining Carnegie Europe, Olivia set up her own consultancy firm, Peace in Design Consulting, which remains exclusively active in conflict and fragile zones.
President @ NNF Energy Consultancy
Mr. Nelson Narciso is a Mechanical Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, having acted as President and General Director at several major international corporations in the entire chain of the upstream industry. Mr. Narciso has accumulated extensive knowledge working for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). He also possesses considerable experience in the African continent, having served as Country Manager to ABB Oil, Gas and Petrochemical in Angola, and as President and CEO of HRT Africa, based in Windhoek, Namibia.
Mr. Narciso was a Director at ANP, Brazil’s oil, natural gas and biofuels regulatory commission for a 4- year term. During his tenure, he led the creation of the Local Content Coordinating Body, led the Gas Flaring Reduction program, Improvement of Production Fiscal Metering program, Bidding Rounds, and Downstream Integrated System for products movement.
Currently he is the President of NNF Energy Consultancy, a consulting firm focused on business development in the energy sector in Brazil and Africa. Additionally, he acts as Senior Advisor to FGV Energia, the energy branch of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Brazil, as well as a Non-Resident Fellow in the Institute of the Americas.
Executive Director @ Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance
Michael Parr is the Executive Director of the Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance, a coalition of solar manufacturing companies using market forces to decarbonize the solar supply chain, making clean energy even cleaner. Michael brings 40 years of manufacturing, fossil and renewable energy, sustainability and carbon mitigation experience to this role.
Senior Director, Vehicles and E-Mobility @ Transport & Environment (T&E)
Julia joined T&E in June 2015 and now leads its vehicles and electrification work across light and heavy-duty road transport. This includes policy and projects on car emissions and emobility, such as EU vehicle CO2 standards, sustainable batteries, and infrastructure for electric vehicles. Julia also represents T&E on the board of the Global Battery Alliance, and is an unpaid advisor to the board of Vulcan Energy Resources. Julia previously worked as senior EU environment expert for the Mayor of London and, as an advisor to an MEP, followed legislation on renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Hailing from Latvia, Julia studied European politics and French at Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds an MSc in energy from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, specialising in batteries and fuel cells. She speaks English, French, Latvian and Russian, and loves swimming and travelling in her spare time – as well as good red wine (with emphasis on oenology, not drinking, of course).
Inaugural Fellow @ Columbia SIPA
David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He founded and directs the Center’s U.S.-China Program and is the author of the Guide to Chinese Climate Policy. He teaches a one-month short course each year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University.
Mr. Sandalow has chaired the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project since 2015. In that capacity, he has led development of roadmaps on biomass carbon removal and storage, industrial decarbonization, direct air capture and carbon dioxide utilization, among other topics.
In 2020, Mr. Sandalow and colleagues co-founded the Food-Climate Partnership. He is lead author of the Food and Climate Change InfoGuide (CGEP, May 2021).
Mr. Sandalow has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. He came to Columbia from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as Under Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs.
Mr. Sandalow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.
Maria Fernanda Suarez
Country Manager @ Accenture
María Fernanda Suárez has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. From 2018 to 2020, she served as Colombia's Minister of Mines and Energy. She took forward the country's energy transition plan in this position, which brought electricity to half a million Colombians for the first time. In addition, she led her team to design and execute a pilot plan to explore unconventional reservoirs in Colombia, establishing a long-term diversified energy strategy for the country.
Previously, she led an efficiency and transformation plan as Executive Finance and Strategy Director at Ecopetrol, one of the largest companies in Latin America. She held leadership positions at the Ministry of Finance, Porvenir Pension Fund, Citibank, and Bank of America. She is currently a member of the Corona Organization and Corficolombiana and previously served on ISA, Isagen, Cenit, and Ocensa's boards of directors.
As a prominent leader in Colombia, Maria Fernanda finds purpose in leading gender equality and diversity programs. At Ecopetrol, she spearheaded a program to increase the number of women leaders in the workforce at all company levels. The Women's Energy Council nominated her to participate in The Global Female Influencer 275, a community that brings together inspiring women leaders in the oil, gas, and energy industries from 42 countries.
Dr. Maggie Teliska
Innovation @Enel Green Power
Maggie brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the design, development, and commercialization of power sources. Her experience spans academia, the federal government, and private industry. Currently she works on the Innovation team at Enel Green Power where she scouts and develops innovative technologies to improve power generation with renewable energy sources.
Maggie earned her BS in Chemistry from Boston College and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from George Washington University. Maggie currently sits on the board of the Women's Energy Network Boston as Treasurer, 2022 National Conference Chair and is the Careers Co-Chair for Browning the Green Space. She has authored and published several peer-reviewed articles in the power sources field. She is also an ongoing contributor to the Axios Expert Voice series, an online news outlet. She will be featured as a battery scientist STEM superhero in the upcoming children's book Everyday Superheroes Women in Energy Careers.
Director @ Wood Mackenzie
Melany Vargas is a Director within Wood Mackenzie’s Americas Consulting team and is based in Houston. She leads Wood Mackenzie’s Americas Hydrogen Consulting Practice and has played a significant role in developing offerings around CCS and RNG / biogas. Melany has more than a decade of experience solving strategic problems for clients across the energy value chain, including oilfield service companies, E&Ps, IOCs, midstream infrastructure and logistics, chemicals, utilities, and mining. Her broad energy industry experience has allowed her to grow her expertise in Energy Transition issues, and the technologies needed to achieve decarbonization targets.
Since joining Wood Mackenzie in 2018, Melany has conducted dozens of global engagements ranging from gas midstream and LNG assets, to low-carbon Hydrogen, Ammonia, CCUS, and Sustainable Fuels. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Melany was selected to serve as the project manager and lead author for the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios 2060 (published in 2016).
Melany holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Maryland.
Founder, CEO @ Lohum Cleantech
Rajat has over 18 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor in technology. He started his career with an enterprise software startup that was eventually acquired by Hewlett Packard. Since then, he has founded several companies and also mentored and invested in several startups.
A pioneer in electronic waste management, Rajat has brought several solutions across the eWaste value chain to the market across India, US and GCC.
Rajat pursued his college from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, his MS from Stanford University and later completed his MBA from Harvard Business School. He was on the Dean's merit list across all the aforementioned academic institutions.