Director, Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and
Dr. Albert Bressand is the Director of the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at Columbia University. Formerly, Dr. Bressand headed the Global Business Environment department in Royal Dutch Shell's global headquarters in London from 2003-2006. In this capacity, he was responsible notably for designing a new generation of Shell Global Scenarios around an enhanced, original methodology for risk and opportunity assessment. Dr Bressand is also Special Adviser to the EU Commissioner in charge of energy in Brussels, a pro-bono advisory position in which he will continue to serve after joining SIPA. Previously, he was managing director and cofounder of Prométhée, a nonprofit, Paris-based think tank specializing in the emerging global networked economy and its implications for corporate strategies, capital markets, and international economic relations.
Dr. Bressand served as Economic Advisor to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and held key positions with the French Institute for International Relations and the World Bank. He is a member of the faculty of the World Economic Forum, and has chaired a number of sessions at the Davos Annual Meetings. A French citizen, Dr. Bressand earned advanced degrees in both mathematics and engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and an MPA and a PhD in Political Economy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.