Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy
Philippe Benoit has over 25 years of experience working on international energy, development, finance and sustainability in both the public and private sectors, and more recently in academia. Philippe is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) where he leads the Center’s work on energy for development. He is also currently a Senior Associate (Non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in their Energy and National Security Program. Before joining CGEP, he worked at the International Energy Agency as the Division Head for Energy Environment (climate) and Energy Efficiency, and for the World Bank in a variety of leadership positions, including Energy Sector Manager for Latin America. His work in the private sector includes as Director in the Energy Department of SG Investment Bank. He has worked on the power sector around the world, including power plant financings in the US, development loans for Brazil’s and Mexico’s public utilities and an ETS simulation with China’s utilities. He is the author of various reports and articles, including the upcoming publication: “How to Engage State-Owned Enterprises in Climate Success”. He has a JD from Harvard Law School, a master degree from the University of Paris, and a BA from Yale University.