Thomas is a first-year student of Columbia’s PhD program in Sustainable Development. Passionate about natural resource management and energy systems, he is willing to explore how developing countries could more largely benefit from technology transfers relying on renewable energies.

After the completion of his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Ecole polytechnique, Thomas joined the French public administration via the Corps des mines. Working for France’s General Council for Economy, Industry, Energy and Technology, he attended complementary trainings at Mines Paristech in economics, business administration, finance and law, and performed long-term internships as a strategy analyst in the steel manufacturing (Luxembourg) and uranium mining (Kazakhstan) industries. Prior to joining Columbia’s PhD program, he worked for three years at the European Commission’s Directorate General for competition (Belgium) as a seconded national expert in merger control mainly in industrial sectors.