Professor of Professional Practice
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Jason Bordoff is a professor of professional practice at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and serves as founding Director of Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the world’s top energy policy experts, he joined the Administration in April 2009. Bordoff’s research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio, including NPR, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC, has appeared on the Colbert Report, and has published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other leading news outlets. Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, and serves on the boards of Winrock International (a leading nonprofit organization that works to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources) and the New York Energy Forum. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies. Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.
Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Ruth DeFries is a professor of ecology and sustainable development at Columbia University in New York. She uses images from satellites and field surveys to examine how the world’s demands for food and other resources are changing land use throughout the tropics. Her research quantifies how these land use changes affect climate, biodiversity and other ecosystem services, as well as human development. She has also developed innovate education programs in sustainable development.
DeFries was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the country’s highest scientific honors, received a MacArthur “genius” award, and is the recipient of many other honors for her scientific research. In addition to over 100 scientific papers, she is committed to communicating the nuances and complexities of sustainable development to popular audiences, most recently through her book The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.
DeFries is committed to linking science with policy, for example through her involvement with the High Carbon Stock study, Environmental Defense Fund, Science for Nature and People, and reconciling conservation and development in central India.
Chief Executive Officer
Council on Energy, Environment and Water
Dr Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. He is the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), consistently ranked (four years running) as one of South Asia’s leading policy research institutions; and among the world’s leading climate think-tanks. With experience in 42 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). Arunabha led CEEW into a leading think-tank soon after its founding in August 2010. He has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception. He conceptualised and is a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). He has advised India’s Prime Minister’s Office, several ministries, state governments and international organisations on a range of subjects. He is the co-author/editor of four books (including Energizing India, SAGE 2016), three UN Human Development Reports, and dozens of research papers and reports. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard, hosted a documentary on water in Africa, and featured in a National Geographic documentary on energy. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, appointed to WEF’s Global Future Council on Energy. He is an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, and fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Benjamin F. Hobbs
Theodore M. and Kay W. Schad Chair of Environmental Management
Johns Hopkins University
Benjamin F. Hobbs has been a member of the faculty of Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Environmental Health & Engineering (formerly Geography & Environmental Engineering) since 1995. His research and teaching concerns the application of optimization and decision analysis to the economic regulation, planning, and operation of electric power systems, and to water and ecosystem management. Since 2010, he has been the inaugural Director of the JHU Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute. He co-directs the Yale-JHU SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health) Center, sponsored by USEPA. Previously, he was at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and on the faculty of the departments of Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He earned a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering in 1983 from Cornell University.
Dr. Hobbs has had visiting appointments at the Helsinki University of Technology, University of Washington, ECN (Netherlands Energy Research Center), Churchill College, the University of Cambridge, CalTech, and Comillas Pontifical University. Dr. Hobbs chairs the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator. He is a Fellow of IEEE and INFORMS. He has served on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, was Area Editor for Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment for Operations Research, and Deputy Editor for Social Sciences and Policy for Water Resources Research.
Peter D. Lund
Professor in Advanced Energy Systems
Peter Lund is Professor in Advanced Energy Systems at Aalto University, Finland. He has close to 40 years of experience in energy technologies, innovations, systems, and policies. Dr. Lund has held visiting positions at Hubei University (Wuhan), Technical University of Dresden (Germany), and Southeast University (Nanjing). He chaired the Advisory Group Energy of European Commission 2002-06, chairs the Energy Steering Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and is a member of the energy platforms of the European University Association as well as Euro-CASE (European Council of Applied Sciences Technologies and Engineering).
Dr. Lund has served in advisory role for many businesses and energy programs worldwide, including the International Energy Agency. He is a member of the Swedish Engineering Academy in Finland and the Editor of Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment and Editor-Europe of Energy Research (Wiley). He has published over 500 research papers and regular lectures on energy around the world. He has won several international awards, mostly recently the Jinling Award in 2016.
Professor of International Relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy
Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR)
University of California, San Diego
David Victor is an internationally recognized leader in research on energy and climate change policy as well as energy markets. His research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. He has a dual understanding of the science behind climate change and how international and domestic public policy work. Victor authored “Global Warming Gridlock,” which explains why the world hasn’t made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. Victor is a leading contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations-sanctioned international body with 195 country members. As a community volunteer, he also serves as Chairman of the Community Engagement Panel that was established as part of the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.