David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University


David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Mr. Sandalow has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. He came to Columbia from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. While at DOE, he proposed and helped launch the Clean Energy Ministerial. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.

Mr. Sandalow’s recent books include Energizing America: A Roadmap to Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission (co-author) and the Guide to Chinese Climate Policy. He chairs the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project and has led development of roadmaps on low-carbon ammonia, carbon mineralization, industrial decarbonization and direct air capture, among other topics.

Mr. Sandalow serves as a director of Fermata Energy and Enagás, S.A. and senior advisor to BCG and APL. He is a member of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Selection Committee, Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.