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May 8, 2014

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Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy Announces New Senior Research Scholar, Non-Resident Fellows

Energy Experts from Government and Journalism Join Growing Team

New York, NY – Building on its commitment to improve the quality of energy policy and dialogue through objective, balanced, and rigorous analysis, the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) today announced that Matthew Robinson has been named Director of Research Publications and a Senior Research Scholar and Robert M. Hallman and Robert McNally have joined as Non-Resident Fellows.

“We are delighted to welcome these experts to our team, who will help us generate the balanced, data-driven research that policymakers critically need at this transformational moment for energy,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “Their deep experience and keen insight into the energy world will be tremendous assets to the Center and to the global energy policy conversation as a whole.”

The Center’s Fellows Program brings leading energy policy thought leaders to the Center on Global Energy Policy for 6-12 months at a time to research and write, lead study groups with students, and otherwise contribute to Columbia University's robust and deep intellectual community focused on energy issues. As Non-Resident Fellows, Hallman and McNally join José Sergio Gabrielli, Adrian Lajous and Nobuo Tanaka, as well as Inaugural Fellow and Senior Research Scholar David Sandalow.

As a Fellow, McNally will study the trends and events that impact global oil markets and how they affect geopolitics, as well as domestic energy policies. McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan Group, an energy market, policy, and geopolitical consulting firm. His 23 year career spans senior-level government and market experience as an international energy market consultant, investment strategist, and White House policy official. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council.

One of the foremost experts on New York-area energy issues, Hallman will focus his research on how to improve the resilience and preparedness of the America’s energy infrastructure, including the liquid fuel supply chain in the Tri-State area. Most recently, Hallman served as Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, with responsibility for eight state entities, including the Public Service Commission, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before joining Governor Cuomo, he directed the energy and environmental practice at the law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel.

As the Director of Research Publications and a Senior Research Scholar, Robinson will generate original work and manage the Center’s overall research production. He will also help maximize the Center’s policy impact. In its first year, the Center has already emerged as a key resource for policymakers, industry, NGOs, and the public seeking to get beyond the polarization that often threatens to overwhelm energy debates.

Robinson joins the Center after 14 years covering energy at Thomson Reuters as an editor, correspondent and reporter. Most recently, as Editor-in-Charge of Thompson Reuters’ coverage of energy markets in the Americas, he managed a team of 18 energy journalists covering oil, natural gas and power markets in North and South America. Previously, he worked at Thomson Reuters as Senior U.S. Energy Correspondent based in New York City and Senior Latin American Energy Correspondent based in Caracas. He started his career as a reporter at the Energy Intelligence Group.

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About the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University

The Center on Global Energy Policy provides independent, balanced, data-driven analysis to help policymakers navigate the complex world of energy. We approach energy as an economic, security, geopolitical, and environmental concern. And we draw on the resources of a world-class institution, faculty with real-world experience, and a location in the world’s finance and media capital.

Website: http://energypolicy.columbia.edu. Twitter: @ColumbiaUEnergy

About the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

SIPA's mission is to empower people to serve the global public interest. Our goal is to foster economic growth, sustainable development, social progress, and democratic governance by educating public policy professionals, producing policy-related research, and conveying the results to the world. Based in New York City, with a student body that is 50 percent international and educational partners in cities around the world, SIPA is the most global of public policy schools. For more information, please visit http://sipa.columbia.edu/