Dr. Joseph Majkut Joins CSIS as Director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program

WASHINGTON, September 7, 2021: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Majkut, former director for climate policy at the Niskanen Center, has joined CSIS as director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program. Nikos Tsafos, who served as interim director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program, will become CSIS’s James R. Schlesinger Chair in Energy and Geopolitics.

“We selected Joseph because he understands the period of transition that we all face in the energy world today. His experience conducting research and formulating bipartisan energy and climate recommendations will help the program achieve new heights. We are thrilled to welcome him to CSIS,” said Dr. John J. Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS. “I would also like to express my deep gratitude to Nikos Tsafos for stepping in as interim director through this transition. I will continue to look to his wise perspective on both the geopolitical and economic dimensions of complex energy issues.”

Dr. Majkut joins CSIS after five years as the director of climate policy at the Niskanen Center, where he led that group's efforts to research and promote carbon pricing, low-carbon innovation, regulatory reform, and other market reforms to speed decarbonization. Before joining the Niskanen Center, he worked on climate change policy in the U.S. Senate as a congressional science fellow, supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geosciences Institute. He has testified before Congress on climate and science and is frequently cited by top climate trade publications, including E&E News and Inside Climate News, as well as by major media outlets like the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Bloomberg.

“I am honored to be joining the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS. The risks of climate change are affecting how governments and businesses plan our energy future, with a legitimate ambition to decarbonize by mid-century. Like all times of change, this moment presents risks and opportunities,” said Dr. Majkut. “I look forward to working with the incredible energy team and our CSIS colleagues to lead the national discussion on how U.S. public policy and diplomacy can advance our strategic and economic interests as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy and manages the ongoing effects of climate change.”

Dr. Majkut holds a PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the Delft University of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College.