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9th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium

Past Event

November 22, 2013

3:15 am - 12:15 pm

The Center on Global Energy Policy was proud to support the 9th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium. The Symposium, jointly organized by students representing the Columbia Business School Energy Club and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Energy Association (SEA), took place on Friday, November 22nd, in Lerner Hall.

To view the full program, list of speakers, and register, please visit the Symposium’s website: http://www.cuenergysymposium.com. Additional details below.


The 9th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium built on the proud tradition of convening leaders from across the energy sector — companies, government, civil society and the broader Columbia community — for a day of discussion. The guiding theme of the Symposium, The Future Now: Energy Progress in the 21st Century, centered on how the rapid development of unconventional oil and gas resources constitutes one of the most important and transformative innovations the energy industry has seen, one with reverberations across the globe. The transformation raises fundamental questions, including: how can newly accessible resources can be harnessed to favor long-term prosperity? How can the current momentum and innovation in the energy industry help realize an accelerated transition towards a low-carbon economy? What will the impact of these trends be on the US energy architecture, the global landscape of oil and gas markets, and environmental resources? These challenges and opportunities were the focus of discussions and presentations throughout the day.

The Symposium speakers included: Kenneth Cohen, Vice-President, Public & Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation (keynote speaker); Richard Kauffman, Chairman, NYSERDA (keynote speaker); Jeffrey E. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, (keynote speaker); Anne Hoskins, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission; Lawrence Jones, Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid North America; Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund; Sergej Mahnovski, Director, Sustainability and Long Term Planning, Office of the Mayor of New York City; Iván Martén, Senior Partner and Managing Director, BCG; Kevin Parker, CEO, Sustainable Insight Capital Management; David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy; and many other distinguished energy leaders.