Adjunct Research Scholar
Sagatom Saha is an Adjunct Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA. He is an expert on the geopolitics of the global energy transition and U.S. competitiveness in clean energy technologies. In addition to his role at CGEP, he is a senior associate in the energy transition practice at Macro Advisory Partners. Sagatom previously worked on cleantech competitiveness at the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce and served as a special advisor in the Office of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. In this role, he was chief of staff to Secretary Kerry’s clean energy and innovation team and led on cleantech competitiveness, nuclear energy, industrial decarbonization, Ukraine and Eastern Europe, and India. Sagatom was also a Fulbright researcher in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he advised the Ukrainian Parliament and cabinet ministries on strategies to advance energy reform. Sagatom previously helped direct the Council on Foreign Relations’ Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, managing its geopolitics portfolio.
Sagatom has written more than 50 op-eds and policy papers in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Axios, Scientific American, and Fortune, among others. He has been named a Grist 50 Fixer, New America Asian American and Pacific Islander Next Generation National Security & Foreign Policy Leader, Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum Fellow for Climate and Environment, and Climate Security Fellow for the Climate and Security Advisory Group. Sagatom holds a master’s degree from the Princeton School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and business administration from American University.