SIPA Energy Association

Who We Are

We're one of Columbia University's largest and most active graduate student associations.
Go to Symposium


The Columbia Energy Symposium brings together more than 400 students, academics, executives, and policymakers to explore and advance our insights into today’s challenging energy questions.

Go to Treks


SEA leads networking Treks to San Francisco, CA and Houston, TX each year to engage with Columbia University alumni and energy industry thought-leaders.

Go to Competitions


SEA members have won case competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and leading universities across the U.S.

Go to Events


SEA hosts a number of weekly events, from brown bag lunches to happy hours to skills workshops. SEA members also volunteer throughout New York City.

Our Mission

We're industry agnostic.
SEA = education + networking + advocacy

SEA is a student-run organization dedicated to building relationships among SIPA students and energy sector practitioners in the field. In tandem with industry leaders, SEA further endeavors to educate SIPA students about professional opportunities in energy and to foster information-sharing that complements SIPA's curriculum in Energy and Environment. SEA's diverse membership brings a variety of professional backgrounds to the organization. Its student members are enrolled in a number of Columbia University programs and SIPA concentrations, including energy, finance, environmental policy, development, sustainability and security. SEA's members look forward to careers in fields that will directly impact the world's energy future.

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Our Team

2020 SEA Board

Sarah Kay

Sarah is an MPA candidate studying Energy and Environment. Previously, she managed the clean transportation and fossil energy policy portfolios at a philanthropic organization. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Political Science.

Cristina Martinez


Faiza Haq

Director of Alumni Relations and Membership
Faiza is an MPA student concentrating in Energy and Environment. She is a Contributor at Build Edison and is working with Mercy Corps Uganda’s Energy Access project. She is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and was a Senior Specialist at BRAC.

Rachael Eplee

Director of Women in Energy
Rachael is an MPA student with a concentration in Development Practice. She comes to SIPA With a background in natural resources management. Her interest lies in human and natural systems interaction, specifically dealing with extractive industries and transitioning economies.

Alejandro Neira

Co-Director of the Energy Symposium
Alejandro Neira is an MPA candidate in the Energy and Environment concentration. Before coming to SIPA, Alejandro was an Operations Analyst at the World Bank supporting the preparation of renewable energy projects in Latin America.

Tenzin Dawa Thargay

Co-Director of the Energy Symposium
Tenzin Dawa Thargay is pursuing an MIA concentrating in energy policy and a certificate in Chinese studies. Prior to SIPA he was a Fulbright Scholar in Seoul, South Korea researching intersections of energy and protest.

Dan Propp

Director of Communications
Dan Propp is an MPA candidate in the Energy and Environment department. Prior to SIPA, he worked for a renewable energy fund in Sub-Saharan Africa. He studies renewable energy and global energy policy.

Angelo Benny Bertagnini IV

Co-Director of Events
Benny is an MPA candidate concentrating in Energy and Environment. Prior to SIPA, Benny worked as a Legislative Analyst in the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, and as a Legislative Aide in the California State Senate.

Linling Liu

Co-Director of External Outreach
Linling is an MPA candidate concentrating in Energy and Environment. Prior to SIPA, she worked for a FinTech company as a Strategy and Data Analyst. Linling received her Bachelor’s degree from BNU in Management Science and Engineering.

Franciso Galtieri

Co-Director of External Outreach
Francisco is an MPA candidate in the Energy and Environment department. Prior to SIPA, he was Senior Manager at the World Energy, based in London. Furthermore, he has more than 5 years as energy consultant in Latin America and he has an engineering background.

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