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David Sandalow

David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including acting Under Secretary of Energy and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs.  Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative.  He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.  

Mr. Sandalow writes and speaks widely on energy and climate policy.  His recent work includes Solar Together: A Proposal (Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, April 2016) (co-author), the ICEF Solar and Storage Roadmap (December 2015) (project chair), and Meeting China’s Shale Gas Goals (Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, September 2014) (lead author).  He is editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press, 2009), co-author of U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change (Brookings, 2009) and author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2008) as well as dozens of articles and op-eds.  Mr. Sandalow has appeared on CNN, NPR, NBC, BBC, CCTV and many other broadcast outlets.  He has served as a moderator at many conferences including the World Future Energy Summit, ARPA-E Summit and Clean Energy Ministerial.  He was Honorary Chair of the Energy Storage Association’s 2015 Annual Conference.  

Mr. Sandalow serves on the Board of Directors of ReNew Power, India’s leading renewable energy developer, and is a Senior Advisor to Tsing Capital, Highview Power Storage and Fermata.  He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum and chairs the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project.  Mr. Sandalow is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategy & Policy at Tsinghua University.  He is a member of the Selection Committee of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Advisory Board, the Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Sandalow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.





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