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Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Learning from experienced voices

The Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program brings renowned energy experts and public and private sector veterans into the Columbia University community. During their appointments, fellows connect with researchers, scholars, and students to offer their real-world experiences in policy-making and problem-solving. 

Each appointment is tailored to the background and needs of the fellow. The appointment is typically structured as a 12-month engagement, but can be extended or shortened depending upon the fellow’s needs. 

What to expect 

The Distinguished Visiting Fellow will receive a formal Columbia University appointment and may participate in any of the following activities:

  • Oversee a student research team to assist with research and campus outreach, and/or participate in a research program steering committee.
  • Host high-level convenings on their areas of expertise with support from CGEP staff.
  • Participate in a week-in-residence at the CGEP office in New York to engage with students and faculty through roundtable discussions, guest lectures, office hours, and public and private convenings.
  • Participate in public events, including CGEP’s signature Columbia Global Energy Summit and Private Dinner in the spring, and engage with CGEP communications staff for media opportunities and speaking appearances.
  • Collaborate with and advise CGEP scholars on research areas related to the DVF’s area of expertise and experience.
  • Teach a half-semester course (7 consecutive weeks) with 15-20 students either for credit or not for credit. If for credit, this includes an appointment as an Adjunct Professor.

Further details

Please send any additional questions to Kaime Domond

Current Fellows

Luay al-Khatteeb

Leonardo Beltran

Ana Unruh Cohen

Paul Dabbar

Eric Garcetti

Juan Carlos Jobet 

Catherine McKenna

Mary Nichols

Diego Mesa Puyo

Nigel Topping


Past Fellows

Cheryl LaFleur

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