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Keynote Session 1

Sep 16 (Sat) 10:00 am - 11:00 am

International Affairs Building 417, Columbia University

Merit Janow

Dean, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Merit E. Janow is the Dean and a Professor of Practice at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is also a charter member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation (CIC) from 2009. She is also an affiliated faculty at Columbia Law School.


She an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment, with extensive experience in academia, government, international organizations and business. While at Columbia University, Professor Janow was elected in December 2003 for a four year term as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, which is the court of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO. She was the first female to serve on the Appellate Body.


David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, SIPA Center on Global Enery Policy; former senior official, White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He launched and directs the Center’s U.S.-China Program and has written, most recently, on topics including energy diplomacy and energy finance.

Mr. Sandalow has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. He came to Columbia from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as 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.


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