David Sandalow



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

  • David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Centre on Global Energy Policy and co-directs the Energy and Environment Concentration the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 

  • He founded and directs the U.S.-China Program at this Centre and is the author of the Guide to Chinese Climate Policy. 

  • He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University. 

  • He has chaired the ICEF lnnovation Roadmap Project since 2015, where he has led the development of roadmaps on biomass carbon removal and storage, industrial decarbonisation, direct air capture and carbon dioxide utilisation, among other topics.

  • In 2020, Mr Sandalow 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 lectures on energy and climate policy and has published extensively on this subject. 

  • He has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and the U.S. Department of Energy. Specifically, he served as Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs.

  • He was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science and Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.