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Columbia Global Energy Fellows

Applications Closed

October 2, 2023 - November 7, 2023

Zafirah Affendi

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Zafirah is pursuing her MPA in Energy and Environment at Columbia SIPA. She has 7+
years of experience working at Shell as an energy commercial professional, across the
oil & gas and renewables businesses. Post Columbia, Zafirah plans to help Malaysia
advance their energy transition and climate resiliency goals.

Ghaida Aldukhayel

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Ghaida is an MPA graduate student at Columbia SIPA focusing on economic development. With a background in economics and experience assessing climate financial risks, she is passionate about exploring the nexus of energy, water, and food security. Her goal is to contribute to creating sustainable energy solutions that balance the needs of people, nature, and the economy.

Felipe Bernal

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

First cohort MPA in Global Leadership at SIPA I Columbia University. Expertise and
passion in the intersection between Impact Finance - Energy - Strategy. Currently
working with the UN on impact finance and capital mobilization, financing SDGs in
Emerging and Frontier Markets, while simultaneously leading the Hydrogen Economy
draft bill in Colombia.Throughout my +12 years of experience, I've worked in the energy
sector as strategy advisor and project manager, both in the public and private domain.
I'm currently a member of the Global Expert Community of the World Energy Council
(WEC). Before joining SIPA I worked as Country & Regional Manager for a strategy
consulting firm in sustainable energy, after having worked for almost 6 years as
Manager for PwC Strategy& in the Strategy, Markets & Growth line of service. I've
served as Board Member for energy associations in Colombia; contributed as regional
speaker to the energy transition challenges and conversations; structured national
sectoral business plans and regional export strategies; advised the drafting of industrial
policies and also participated as fellow and lead author at the World Economic Forum
(WEF) for the Data for a Common Purpose Initiative.

Piyush Bhutani

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Piyush Bhutani is a mission-driven policy professional with 8+ years of experience in climate and public health. His development journey spans across private sector initiatives, governments, and multilateral development banks in South Asia. Prior to joining Columbia University, he created the Climate and Health Institute at the Asian Development Bank.

Daniela Asifiwe Bushiri

FU Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science

Daniela is a Chemical Engineering PhD Candidate at Columbia University with research focused on designing electrocatalysts for efficient production of renewable fuels. She has worked on research projects focused on producing green hydrogen from seawater electrolysis
and ammonia from farm wastewater electrolysis. Her research is funded through her National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship.
Daniela actively participates in the Women in Energy initiative at the Center of Global Energy
Policy, where she moderates panels with energy experts. Before graduate school, Daniela
interned at traditional energy companies such as ExxonMobil, Infineum, and Refinery
Automation Institute - as a process and project engineer.

Martina Sze Ann Chow

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Martina is pursuing her MPA in Energy and Environment at SIPA. She is interested
in promoting an energy transition that ensures energy justice, environmental
protection, and social and economic progress. Prior to SIPA, she was a senior
climate policy researcher at the Economist Group.

Eve Dauber

Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Eve is pursuing her MS in Sustainability Management. She graduated from the
University of Texas with degrees in Biology and Humanities and wrote her thesis on
the disproportionate impact of industrial air pollution on cancer rates in America. Eve
has experience in sustainability consulting focusing on sustainability analytics and
long-term strategy development.

Kate Gaylard

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Kate is a candidate in the Master of Public Administration program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Specializing in energy and environment, Kate plans to explore the challenges and opportunities for low- and middle-income countries in the global transition to clean energy.

Tomás Guevara Agüero

Columbia University School of Professional Studies

I'm an MSc candidate at Columbia University with 5 years of experience in energy regulation and markets. As a lawyer, I've led projects in renewable energy development, joint ventures structuring and M&A, as well as designing strategies for engaging with green hydrogen off-takers.

Jocelyn Kreider

Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Jocelyn Kreider (she/her) is a dynamic sustainability strategist with experience
developing climate solutions for leading nonprofits, philanthropies, and Fortune 500 companies.
Jocelyn is a M.S. in Sustainability Management candidate at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in Sustainability Studies from the University of Florida.

Gabriela Manriquez Roa

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Fulbright scholarship awardee Gabriela Manriquez Roa is pursuing a Master of Public
Administration at Columbia University. She has extensive legal and policy experience in Chile's energy sector, including advising the Ministry of Energy and conducting regulatory reforms at the National Energy Commission.

Katelin Moody

Columbia Journalism School and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Katelin has partnered with coal-impacted communities in Appalachia on economic
development and energy transition, worked on equity recommendations for Maine's
climate action plan, and profiled conservation and restoration efforts in the wild clam and mussel fishery. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in journalism and international affairs.

Joel Mugyenyi

FU Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science

As a third-year PhD candidate in Earth and Environmental Engineering, I specialize in
electricity utilities in East Africa, delving into issues of reliability and customer demand.
With prior roles as a research engineer at UMass-Amherst and as an R&D associate at
PowerGen Renewable Energy, my focus spans off-grid and utility grid challenges.

Lilian Nassif

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Lilian Nassif, an MPA-DP candidate, supported the foundation of an impact consultancy in Saudi Arabia, designing customized ESG strategies for publicly listed and private organizations in the Middle East. As a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, she developed a passion for clean energy solutions for economic development.

Kemunto Victoria Okindo

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Kemunto Okindo is a first year student in the Masters of International Affairs program at
Columbia. She has experience working as an engineer in energy generation and
building environmental impact. Her interests are at the nexus of international
development and environmental sustainability.

Eric Exavier Quiroz

Columbia Law School

Eric Quiroz is from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2019. Eric began his professional career with ExxonMobil and subsequently moved to New York to pursue his law degree at Columbia Law School. Eric is currently interested in a legal career advising Energy and Infrastructure Transactions.

Aditya Heidy Rosari

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Aditya Rosari is an MS Candidate in Sustainability Management with a decade of consulting and finance experience. She is a certified Indonesian tax professional and passed the CFA Level 1 Exam and CFA in ESG Investing. Aditya is passionate about sustainable finance. She enjoys golf in her spare time.

James Schroeder

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

James brings experience from his tenure in the finance industry, notably his role in
Investment Banking within the Natural Resources Group at Goldman Sachs, where he gained valuable insights into the intricacies of the energy sector from both oil and gas and renewables perspectives. His interest lies in addressing commercial supply chain challenges concerning critical minerals essential for the energy transition. Combining
his finance background and sustainability management education, James advocates fora balanced approach that harmonizes commercial imperatives with sustainability
considerations, taking a thoughtful approach to the energy transition.

Ankur Sharma

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

I am an energy sector professional with experience in energy modeling, renewable
project development and finance. I have worked for PwC in clean energy consulting

where I supported large renewable energy projects. Currently I work at Colgate-
Palmolive as a Global Sustainability Intern in New York. I am also enrolled in the Sustainability Management program at Columbia University and am excited to be
selected as a Global Energy Fellow.

Sree Surya Yeluri

Columbia Law School

I am a first-year student at Columbia Law School committed to pursuing a career in energy and environmental law. I hope to combine my background in economics and energy policy with my legal education to address the challenges inherent in balancing current energy needs with environmental preservation.

Frank Agwuncha

Vertical Bridge


Vertical Bridge is a company whose goal is to provide superior service and best-in-class infrastructure solutions in a dynamic market. Vertical has rapidly become the largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure in the U.S. In June 2020, Vertical Bridge became the first telecommunications company to be certified as CarbonNeutral.

Javier Barranda

World Bank


World Bank international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the government of low-and middle-income countries to pursue capital projects. Since 2010, more than a billion people have gained access to electricity, connecting 90% of the planet’s population by 2018.

Victoria Barreto Vieira do Prado

Rockefeller Foundation


The Rockefeller Foundation's mission is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today the Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility.

Nathan Bodger

Allen and Overy LLP


Allen and Overy LLP is an international law firm based in the UK. Also, they perform lega; research on corporate regulatory and transactional matters related to environmental trade and law.

Mostafa Busheri

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a oint center of Columbia Law School and Columbia Climate School at Columbia University, works to strengthen the sustainable development potential of international investment and to ensure that international investment is mutually beneficial for investors and the citizens of recipient countries. We envision a world in which international investment contributes to, and does not undermine sustainable development.

Luma Dias

Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests, & Agriculture


Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests, & Agriculture is a movement that is composed of 300 representatives from the private sector, financial sector, academia, and civil society. The group gathers different voices in favor of Brazil’s leadership in a new low-carbon economy. Contributing to that aim, the Coalition promotes synergy between agendas for protection, conservation, sustainable use of natural and planted forests, agriculture, and climate change adaptation.

Anita Eisakhani

Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations


Zoya Husain



Equinor is an international energy company committed to long-term value creation in a low-carbon future. Their purpose is to turn natural resources into energy for people and process for society. Equinor’s portfolio of projects encompasses oil and gas, renewables, and low-carbon solutions, with an ambition of becoming a net-zero energy company by 2050.

Meha Jain

Warc Ghana


Warc Ghana is a social enterprise that operates in West Africa and calls Ghana its home. We have established agricultural services and consulting operations in Ghana and Sierra Leone. We serve over 8,000 farmers in the Upper West of Ghana through our community-based Trading Hubs, focused on improving incomes, transforming rural livelihoods, and turning farmers into climate heroes.

Jonathan Lesh

GreenMax Capital Group


GreenMax Capital Group is a specialized advisory and fund management firm focused on promoting clean energy solutions in emerging markets. GreenMax supports project developers, renewable energy companies, investors, financial institutions, donor agencies, and governments in the analysis preparation.

Alicia Kumia Liono



AccountAbility is a global consulting and standards firm that works with businesses, investors, governments, and multilateral organizations on ESG matters to achieve opportunities, advance responsible business practices, and transform their long-term performance. It offers consulting services on decarbonization strategy development, climate-related impact metrics, KPIs setting, and sustainability disclosure support.

Kristina Nabayan

Intercalation Limited


Intercalation Limited is an independent research organization that communicates current research, trends, and businesses related to energy storage technologies to the public. Intercalation station produces newsletters that include interviews with experts, resources, and insights centered around batteries and materials.

Kathryn Obisean

US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is a standing committee focused on broad-ranging topics within energy, national parks, public lands, forest & mining, as well as water and power.

Samuel Oswald

Atlantic Council


Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan organization that galvanizes US global leadership and engagement in partnership with allies and partners. The Global Energy Center has become a go-to policy organization for governments, industry, and civil society looking to understand and navigate the energy transition, with the ultimate goal of helping shape a world with secure and sustainable energy.

Mohammad Ahzam Quraishi

Schmidt Futures


Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative of Eric and Wendy Schmidt. Their goal is to build a network of the sharpest minds on Earth – helping them to solve hard problems in science and society. Also, the organization wants to find research and invest in new-age climate solutions.

Kai Salem

California Air Resources Board


California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

Shreya Tiwari

CohnReznick Capital


CohnReznick Capital is an advisory tax company committed to the continuous adoption, improvement, and reinforcement of programs and policies that can drive positive change for people and the planet – notably in the areas of environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

Gaspar d’Ursel

New Fortress Energy


New Fortress Energy is one of the world’s leading downstream natural gas-to-power companies with a multi-billion market cap. They are a publicly traded, global energy infrastructure, company and a recognized leader in accelerating the world’s transition to clean energy.

Felipe Verastequi Grünewald

Complexity Science Hub Vienna


Complexity Science Hub Vienna is a Vienna-based research organization with the aim to bundle, coordinate and advance the research of complex systems, system analysis, and big data science in Austria.

Kaïme Domond

Senior Program Manager

Kaïme Domond is Senior Program Manager at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She has over a decade of experience working in non-profit, corporate and higher education. She previously worked at Community Impact, Columbia University.  Ms. Domond holds a Master in Public Administration with a concentration on International Economic Policy and Management from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Political Science from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Fordham University.

Applications Closed

October 2, 2023 - November 7, 2023


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