Juan Carlos Jobet, Chile’s former Minister of Energy and Mining, is joining Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In this role, Jobet will focus on the development of the green hydrogen industry, the accelerated phase out of coal plants, and the role that critical metals and minerals will play in the energy transition.

“Climate change is the biggest challenge of our generation,” said Jobet. “The current energy crisis demonstrates the speed with which we must accelerate the clean energy transition. This will bring enormous opportunities for the countries, communities, and companies that have the vision and determination to transform the ways we produce and consume energy. I can think of no better place than CGEP to make a contribution to those transformations.”

Jobet led Chile’s energy transition which included reaching a set of goals within the country’s carbon neutrality plan for the energy sector. Among those achievements were a phase-out plan for all coal power plants, the accelerated deployment of solar and wind capacity, the development of key transmission infrastructure, the introduction of Chile’s first energy efficiency law, and the launching of an ambitious green hydrogen strategy to position the country as a top global producer and exporter.

“Juan Carlos' experience in government is critical to crafting the near- and short-term policy solutions needed to address the climate crisis and energy transition,” said Jason Bordoff, CGEP director. “I’m excited to have him on our team, his leadership will help guide much of our work in these areas.”  

As Minister of Energy and Mining, Jobet developed Chile’s first comprehensive mining policy which established a vision for a sustainable, competitive and green mining. Jobet also held several leadership roles in international organizations and initiatives, including as chair of the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation 2021, as well as co-chair of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Throughout his career, Jobet has held several positions in both the public and private sector. He was previously Undersecretary of Housing and Minister of Labor & Social Security during President Sebastán Piñera’s first government. In addition to working in investment banking, Jobet has held several executive and board positions in industries including finance, real estate, forestry, fintech, infrastructure, and waste management.

On March 30, Jobet will participate in a conversation on what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will mean for Latin America’s energy transition and how the region will be impacted by high energy prices. Register for the event here.

Read Juan Carlos Jobet’s full biography here

 

About the Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program

The CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program brings veterans of public and private sector life into the Columbia community. Distinguished Visiting Fellows serve as adjunct research scholars, collaborate on articles and op-eds published through CGEP, participate in public events at Columbia University, speak to campus and faculty groups, and may teach a course or supervise a student research team.