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As the energy industry is rapidly changing with the increase in renewable energy and digitization, the Columbia University Oil & Gas Forum (OGF) seeks to foster discussion on the future of oil and gas by bringing together a plethora of voices.  

Through commentaries, workshops, and conferences, the OGF will explore current questions and challenges facing the industry such as:

  • How will renewable and carbon-based energy complement each other?
  • How can the oil and gas industry be a part of the solution in curbing climate change?
  • How will digitization, through artificial intelligence and block chain alter the oil and gas industry in the years to come?
  • What will be the future of the transportation sector and the internal combustion engine under increased competition from electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles?

The OGF brings together students, scholars, and professionals with an interest in oil and gas to foster a debate on the sector's current and future role in the global economy.

OGF Team Bios


Miguel Ángel Castaño Martín
Alumni Chair

Miguel Ángel Castaño Martín is a second-year master's student enrolled in SIPA's Master of International Affairs with a concentration in Global Energy Policy and Management. He has worked as an analyst at BTG Pactual's project finance team, where he has been involved in energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America. Prior to SIPA,  Miguel Ángel worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a corporate lawyer for more than 3 years.

Leo Luo
External Relations Chair

Leo Luo is a second-year MIA candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating in Energy and Environment. He has worked for Barings – an asset management firm - in their Emerging Markets Debt team to track China's external lending. Before SIPA, he worked as an analyst for Rapidan Energy Group - an oil and gas consulting firm - helping to build out their downstream oil sector modeling capabilities. After SIPA, Leo is interested in entering the energy finance sector, in particular conducting financial modeling and project finance for energy projects in emerging markets.

Fan Yu
Events Chair

Fan Yu is currently a second-year Master student of Columbia University, SIPA, Energy and Environment concentration. Prior to SIPA, she worked for Deloitte Consulting and China Development Bank in the oil and gas industry. At SIPA, she was an intern of the energy program at Council on Foreign Relations and wrote a paper about Cheniere Energy and Sinopec LNG contract. Now she is a summer natural gas/LNG consultant at Poten & Partners, a leading gas consulting company. Also, starting Fall 2019, she will be a research assistant at Columbia's Center of Global Energy Policy to aid with research on gas.


Natasha Udensiva
Academic Advisor

Natasha Udensiva, JD is a lecturer of International Affairs at the School of International Affairs and Public Policy (SIPA), Columbia University. She has also taught at the MBA Executive program at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), in Moscow, Russia. Concurrently, Ms. Udensiva is a Managing Partner at Eurasia Energy Associates, where consults a number of investment and financial companies as well as organizations such as the United Nations. From 2007 to 2011, Ms.Udensiva was a part of the research team at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy, Columbia University. She has authored a number of working papers on Eurasian energy problems. Ms. Udensiva's research interests include: energy security, global energy geopolitics, and changes in the global energy landscape. Ms. Udensiva holds a JD from New York Law School and an MA from Moscow State University.

Antoine Halff 
Academic Advisor

Antoine Halff is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University. His 20-year career in energy spans the worlds of government, international organizations, consulting, Wall Street, higher education and the media. Prior to joining the CGEP, he worked as Chief Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and editor of two of its most authoritative publications, the monthly Oil Market Report (OMR) and the annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR). Prior to that, Halff served as Lead Industry Economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration and at firms Newedge and Fimat as First Vice President and Head of Commodity Research. Earlier in his career, Halff worked as a reporter at Dow Jones and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, launched the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group and served as its Director.