Columbia University Press Release

Contact: Leslie Patterson, 646-200-5326, leslie@berlinrosen.com

The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announced today that José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo will be a non-resident fellow for the coming year, joining previously-announced fellows David Sandalow and Nobuo Tanaka. Gabrielli’s work will focus on the downstream market in Latin America and Africa and oil and gas production on both continents. 

Gabrielli is currently the Secretary of Planning for the Government of the State of Bahia. Before that he served as the President and CEO of Petrobras, the fourth largest oil company in the world. Gabrielli was the longest serving President in the company’s history. He has been widely cited as an expert in energy and finance and has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named Energy Executive of the Year in 2007. 

“Our global energy challenges are closely linked to oil and gas production and there are few who know the industry better than José Sergio," said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “With his decades of experience and uniqueperspective he will play an important role in advancing the Center's work.” 

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 deepintellectual community focused on energy issues. Among his contributions, Gabrielli will participate in the Center’s Latin America conference in the Fall and spend several weeks at Columbia in the Spring.