Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy Announces Nobuo Tanaka, Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, to be Non-Resident Fellow Columbia University Press Release Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 CONTACT Leslie Patterson, 646-200-5326, On the heels of its recent announcement that leading U.S. energy expert David Sandalow will be joining the Center as its first fellow, the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announced today that Nobuo Tanaka will be a non-resident fellow. Tanaka will join the Center on June 1 and focus his work on the global energy security challenges for Asian economies, including the natural gas trade, power grid connection and nuclear policy. Tanaka’s decades of experience with energy and finance began in 1973 when he joined Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He has also worked for the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency from 2007 to 2011. “This is another sign of the Center’s commitment to advancing research with real-world solutions for our most pressing global energy challenges,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “Nobuo has decades of experience on the world energy and economic policy stage and we look forward to having him apply that extensive knowledge and wisdom to his research here.” The Fellows Program will bring leading energy policy thought leaders to the Center on Global Energy Policy for 6-12 months at a time to research and write, lead not-for-credit study groups with students, and otherwise contribute to Columbia University's robust and deep intellectual community focused on energy issues. Tanaka will travel to the Center twice over the year of his fellowship.