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Student Roundtable and Lunch with Diego Mesa Puyo

Past Event

February 23, 2023

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students.

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for a roundtable discussion with Diego Mesa Puyo, former Minister of Energy and Mines, Colombia, and CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Diego will discuss his academic and career histories and current work. Following introductions, we will move into an open conversation. Lunch will be provided.


Diego Mesa Puyo is a global energy, sustainability, and extractive industries leader with over 15 years of experience in senior management and advisory roles in government, multilaterals, and the private sector. As former Colombia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, he led the design and implementation of the country’s energy transition and mining diversification policies between 2018 and 2022. These policies promoted significant growth in variable renewable energy capacity in the country, increasing its share in the power matrix from less than 1% in 2018 to 12% 2022. Before joining the Colombian government, he worked for several years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he led technical assistance missions to advise Asian, African, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries on fiscal matters relating to their energy and extractive industries. Prior to the IMF, he worked as a Manager in the Consulting and Deals Practice of PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) in Canada focusing on energy and extractive industries. He holds an M.A. in Economics from McGill University and he is a CFA® charter holder since 2012.

Registration is required. This roundtable is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students and faculty. To register, you must sign in with your UNI.

This event will be hosted in person and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety.

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].