NEW YORK, February 21, 2017 – The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announced today that Jonathan Elkind, former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of Energy, will join as a Fellow and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar. Elkind will focus on global energy geopolitics, clean energy innovation, and security dynamics in Russia, Eurasia and Europe.
“We’re proud to have Jon join our team of world-class scholars,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “His experience both on the front-lines of U.S. government policy and as a researcher make him especially well-suited to contribute to the Center’s mission of providing independent, rigorous and policy-relevant analysis of today’s most pressing global energy issues. New scholars always bring a fresh perspective to our research, and we know Jon will deepen our expertise across key areas, coming straight off one of the top international energy positions in the U.S. government.”
“The global energy scene is changing before our eyes,” said Elkind. “Our country and the world have a huge stake in understanding these changes. They will affect markets and the global economy, the global environment, and international security. I am thrilled to be joining CGEP’s outstanding group of energy leaders and the broader community at Columbia University.”
Elkind comes to the Center after a long and distinguished career devoted to energy and environment policy in the private and public sectors. Since 2009, he has worked on international energy and climate issues at the United States Department of Energy, helping to coordinate policy objectives within the Obama Administration as well as lead climate and energy programs with key global partners.
In 2002 he founded Eastlink Consulting, LLC where he guided corporate and non-profit clients on commercial energy projects in Europe and Eurasia, and starting in 2006 he served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, researching international energy security issues. He left Eastlink and Brookings in 2009 to accept his position at the Department of Energy.
Early in his career, Elkind focused on energy, environment and economic issues in post-Soviet nations. He was a senior researcher at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council, special advisor for international affairs at the Office of the Vice President of the United States, assistant to the United States Secretary of Energy, and a senior policy analyst at the Council on Environmental Quality.
Elkind holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and International Business from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Russian History and Certificate in Soviet Studies from the W. Averell Harriman Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
About the Fellows Program: The Fellows Program brings prominent energy thought leaders to the Center on Global Energy Policy to research and write, teach, and otherwise contribute to Columbia University’s robust and deep intellectual community focused on energy issues.
About the Center on Global Energy Policy: The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs seeks to enrich the quality of energy dialogue and policy by providing an independent and nonpartisan platform for timely, balanced analysis and actionable recommendations to address today’s most pressing energy challenges. The Center convenes energy leaders, produces policy-relevant, accessible research and trains students to become the next generation of energy scholars, executives and policymakers. Based at one of the world’s great research universities, the Center leverages its location in New York City, proximity to financial markets, business and policymakers, and Columbia’s world-class faculty and global reach. Columbia University is Where the World Connects for Energy Policy.