Past Event

After the Joe Biden Election: Which Reset for Climate Policy?

March 29, 2021
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

A joint event sponsored by the Earth Institute, Columbia University, the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, the Alliance Program, Columbia University and Sciences Po Atelier Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l’Environnement (AIRE).


Jonathan Elkind, Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

From 2009 to 2014, Jonathan Elkind worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, serving ultimately as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. Earlier, he created Eastlink Consulting, an independent energy consultancy. Elkind also worked previously at the Brookings Institution, the Joint Global Change Research Institute, the U.S. National Security Council, the Office of the Vice President of the United States, and the Council on Environmental Quality.  Elkind serves as a board director for Infineon Technologies LLC, a global semiconductor producer. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, an MA from Columbia University, and an AB from the University of Michigan.

Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) & Earth Institute, Columbia University. Vice Dean, SIPA.

Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University in New York City with appointments in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Earth Institute. He is also Vice Dean at SIPA. His research focuses on strategies for achieving international cooperation on a range of issues, from climate change to infectious disease eradication. He has played a number of roles in the policy arena, including as lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as senior lead advisor to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, and, most recently, as a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication. Among other publications, he is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making and Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, both published by Oxford University Press. He received his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Brendan Devlin, Strategy and Foresight Counsellor, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy.

Brendan Devlin is the Strategy and Foresight Counsellor in the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission. In addition to giving strategic advice, his work focuses on methane emissions reductions, short-lived climate pollutants, supply chain integrity and transformation of international and national oil and gas companies. He has extensive experience in leading negotiations to forge energy international agreements for the EU, including in the North Sea, the Balkans, the Caspian Sea and the Southern Gas Corridor, Iran, and participated for several years to the EU-US Summits. 

By training, Mr Devlin is a lawyer and economist. He worked as a journalist before entering the Commission, writing in the UK national press and as an editor on a specialist political/economic journal. He has also worked in a Fortune 500 company and as teacher of political economy at the London School of Economics.


Richard Balme, Professor, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences

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