The former head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) is heading to Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.
Former IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka will join the think tank as a non-resident fellow. He starts June 1.
The Center on Global Energy Policy said Tanaka will focus on "global security challenges for Asian economies, including the natural gas trade, power grid connection and nuclear policy."
Tanaka joins the think tank shortly after it lured David Sandalow, the former acting undersecretary for the Energy Department, away from Washington, D.C.
A Japanese native, Tanaka led the Paris-based IEA from 2007 until 2011. He was succeeded Maria van der Hoeven, the former minister of economic affairs for the Netherlands.
Here is the homepage of Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy. The think tank will be having a launch party on April 24 which will include opening remarks by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.