Senior Research Scholar
Dr. Gautam Jain is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He focuses on the role of financial markets and instruments, including thematic bonds and carbon markets, in the transition to net-zero emissions, particularly in emerging economies.
Gautam joined the center after a long and fulfilling career in the financial industry where he covered emerging markets as a portfolio manager and strategist. He has worked at asset management firms and investment banks, including The Rohatyn Group, Barclays Capital, and Millennium Partners. He has helped manage emerging market local debt and hard-currency bond portfolios, encompassing currencies, interest rate instruments, and sovereign credits. He specialized in portfolio construction and asset allocation incorporating macroeconomic, policy, and political developments in emerging market and developing economies.
Gautam holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Columbia University. He also has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a CFA charter holder and a Cornell EMI Fellow. He has co-authored publications in the Journal of Derivatives, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Applied Probability, and Probability in Engineering and Informational Science. He has also contributed chapters for the 2020 and 2021 Cornell EMI Annual Reports.
Achieving the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 requires a substantial reduction in the share of high-emitting fossil fuels in primary energy consumption.
On October 11, 2022, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy convened a roundtable to discuss whether there is access to adequate financing for oil and gas assets to meet energy security and affordability needs during the transition to net-zero emissions.
A significant gap exists globally between the financing needed and the current level of spending to meet net-zero goals.