David Sandalow




  • Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College. 

Professional experience:

  • Inaugural fellow at the Centre for Global Energy Policy and co-directs the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs. He founded and directs the U.S.-China Programme.
  • He is the author of the Guide to China’s Climate Policy.
  • He has chaired the “ICEF lnnovation Roadmap_Project” since 2015, where he has led the development of roadmaps on carbon removal and biomass storage, industrial decarbonisation, direct air capture and carbon dioxide utilisation, among other topics.
  • In 2020, he co-founded the Food-Climate Partnership and is lead author of the Food and Climate Change InfoGuide.
  • Director of Fermata Energy and Senior Advisor to APL.
  • He has held senior positions in the White House and the U.S. Departments of State and Energy. Specifically, he served as Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs.
  • He has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
  • He has also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science and Senior Staff Director of the National Security Council. 

Other information of interest:

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor in the “Schwarzman Scholars Program” at Tsinghua University.
  • He lectures on energy and climate policy and has published extensively on this subject.