David Sandalow​

Inaugural Fellow

Center on Global Energy Policy

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, where he directs the US-China Energy & Climate program and works on a wide range of issues including the future of the electric grid, renewables finance and CO2 utilization.  


Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Under Secretary of Energy (acting) 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 works include Solar Together (Center on Global Energy Policy, 2016), The History and Future of the Clean Energy Ministerial (Center on Global Energy Policy 2016), ICEF Solar and Storage Roadmap (2015, project chair) and Meeting China’s Shale Gas Goals (Center on Global Energy Policy, 2014, lead author).  He was the editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press, 2009) and co-author of U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change (Brookings, 2009).  He is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and dozens of articles and op-eds.  Mr. Sandalow has appeared on CNN, NPR, NBC, BBC, CCTV and many other broadcast outlets and served as a moderator at conferences including the World Future Energy Summit, ARPA-E Summit and Clean Energy Ministerial.  He served as Honorary Chair of the Energy Storage Association’s 2015 Annual Conference.  

Mr. Sandalow holds an appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategy & Policy at Tsinghua University.  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 member of the Board of Directors of ReNew Power and a Senior Advisor to Highview Power Storage, Tsing Capital and Fermata.  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.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.