THE SYMPOSIUM TEAM

Daniel Katz

Chairman

Columbia Business School

 

Daniel is a 2nd year Columbia dual degree candidate working towards an MBA in Finance and a MS in Earth and Environmental Engineering. His thesis work focuses on the economics and engineering design of combined solar PV and battery storage systems for commercial customers seeking peak shifting and emergency backup capability.

 

Prior to Columbia, Daniel worked as a consultant in the energy practice of The Brattle Group. In this role, Daniel advised pipeline companies and their shippers on business strategy and issues related to cost recovery, risk, and market power.

 

Daniel earned his BS in Geology with a minor in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

Hannah Cao

Director

Columbia, SIPA

 

Hannah is a 2nd year Masters candidate at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, focusing on International Finance and Economic Policy. She is the Departmental Research Assistant for the specialization in Applied Sciences.

Prior to Columbia, Hannah worked for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Integrated Mission Planning and Strategy. At the UN, Hannah managed the Knowledge Sharing Network and Communities of Practice for Field and HQ officers. Before the UN, Hannah worked in Project Management for the Start-up TravelMuse.

 

Hannah earned her BA in International Relations, focusing on Economics at the University of California, Davis.

Peter Wallach

Director

Columbia Business School

 

Peter is a 2nd year at Columbia Business School.

His work experience includes four years of electricity market-making and resource decision consulting, as well as stints with the M&A group at NextEra Energy, an early stage start-up work in New York and a growth-stage venture capital. Peter is also Co-President of the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization and highly involved in driving entrepreneurship in the Columbia University ecosystem.

He is a native of Washington D.C. and a graduate of the University of Virginia. 

Anthony Fares

Assistant Director

Columbia Law School

 

Tony Fares was born in San Diego, California and has been a committed environmentalist since he attended high school where he founded a student-run recycling program on campus that continues to this day.

 

In college at UCLA he became president of an ecology club and focused on educating local middle schoolers in sustainable practices, promoting environmentalism among college students, significantly improving UCLA's water efficiency, and preserving patches of native wildlife in Los Angeles.

 

Now as a 1L at Columbia Law School, Tony is an officer of the Environmental Law Society and will be writing an article on the Columbia University Energy Symposium for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Harsh V. Singh

Director

Columbia, SIPA

 

Harsh is a student of Public Administration at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as a Fulbrighter from India, concentrating on Energy and Environment Policy. 

 

An electrical engineer from IIT Kharagpur (India), he worked across diverse roles in the energy sector for five years, including Oil & Gas, Power Infrastructure, Distributed Power Generation and Energy Efficiency.
At SIPA, he has focused on applying quantitative research methods for improved energy policy decision making and is also a tutor for Statistics

Kevin Pellecchia

Assistant Director

Columbia Business School

 

Kevin is a first-year student at Columbia Business School focusing on Decision, Risk and Operations.

 

Before business school, Kevin worked in investment banking in Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources and Leveraged Finance Groups in New York.  His work focused primarily in the oil refining, offshore drilling and midstream sectors.

 

Kevin earned his BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Göksenin Öztürkeri

Assistant Director

Columbia, SIPA

 

Göksenin is a 1st year MIA student specializing in Global Energy Management and Policy.

 

Previously he worked for a political consultancy in Brussels, focusing on European climate change policies, energy mix and security.

 

He has an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies and International Affairs. Apart from his native Turkish, he is fluent in English and Chinese, and conversational in Russian and Italian.

Patrick Chen

Assistant Director

Columbia Law School

 

Patrick is a 1st year JD student at Columbia Law School.

Prior to arriving at Columbia, Patrick taught English in Hunan, China. He has formerly researched the effects of environmental governance on international solid waste trade and interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its Economic Education function.

Patrick earned his BA in Economics and Physics, with a minor in Philosophy, from Rutgers University.

James E. Hutson

Assistant Director

Columbia, SIPA

Shirin Jamshidi

Assistant Director

Columbia, SIPA

Vijay Candade

Assistant Director

Columbia Business School

Kyle Walsh

Assistant Director

Columbia Business School

 

Kyle is a first-year student at Columbia Business School focusing on Finance and Strategic Management.

Prior to school, Kyle worked at Hess Corporation in the Natural Gas group and most recently in project management. While in project management, Kyle helped with his division’s divestiture and eventual integration with the purchaser Direct Energy.

 

Kyle earned a BSc in Energy Business and Finance from Penn State University.

COLUMBIA ENERGY CLUB LEADERSHIP

Michael Didyk

Co-President

CBS Energy Club

 

Michael Didyk is from Vancouver, Canada. This past summer he led several energy projects for Caesars Entertainment Corp in Las Vegas. For example, he wrote a solar RFP and led the bidding and analysis for a 1MW array. Michael is seeking a career in consulting or renewable energy with function focus in business development, strategy, and operations. He is willing travel as necessary.

 

He speaks intermediate Portuguese and basic Spanish. In his spare time Michael enjoys camping, playing ice hockey, scuba diving, and recreational aviation.

Sana Ouji

Co-President

SIPA Energy Association

 

Sana Ouji has lived in Iran, Spain, and South America and is fluent in Farsi and Spanish. She is currently pursuing an MPA in Global Energy Management and Policy at Columbia University, graduating in May 2015. She has over three years of public policy experience, advising both government and private sector entities on climate change/ Cap-and-Trade, environmental policy, transportation and fuels, energy, hazardous waste and healthcare.

 

She hopes to combine her public policy experience with rigorous academic training to inform her future roles in renewable energy development. In her spare time Sana enjoys cooking, kickball and hiking. 

Brandon Tarbert

Co-President

SIPA Energy Association

 

Brandon Tarbert is an avid renewable energy enthusiast. He believes that it’s our generation’s responsibility to transition to a low-carbon economy and is passionate about playing a significant role in this transition.

He is currently the Co-President of the SIPA Energy Association, the Departmental Research Assistant for the concentration, and one of the founding editors of Energy Exponents.

 

His studies at SIPA focus on renewable energy policy, finance, and project development. Prior to SIPA, Brandon worked in energy consulting and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa. His experience working in clean tech started in undergrad. He was a collegiate competitor in Challenge X and the Solar Decathlon at Penn State University.