Jenik Radon, Esq.

Trustee, Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University

Jenik Radon, Esq. is Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, where he teaches in the area of sustainable natural resource development with a focus on risk and strategic management, sovereignty and human rights, especially environment, minority rights (including social license) and anticorruption. Prior to joining Columbia, Radon was a lecturer at Stanford University’s law and business schools, where he taught access to medicine, international human rights, privatization and international investment management.

In the early 1980s, Radon founded Radon Law Offices, a boutique international law firm representing international companies in corporate matters and, with respect of the extractive industry (energy and mining), exclusively advising foreign governments and public sector entities. He also advises, on a pro bono basis, civil society organizations around the world. From 1999 to 2007, Radon was one of the executors/trustees of Vetter Pharma, a major privately-held German pharmaceutical company.

Radon has lectured and worked in over 70 (and visited over 100) nations. In 1980, Radon co-founded the Afghanistan Relief Committee that sought freedom for Afghanistan and supported refugees displaced during the Afghan-Soviet war. Serving as an advisor during Estonia’s independence struggle, Radon thereafter co-authored the country’s foreign investment, mortgage/pledge, privatization and corporate laws and was an architect of Estonia’s privatization. For his contributions, Radon was awarded the Medal of Distinction of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce, the Order of the Cross Terra Mariana, which was personally awarded by the President of Estonia, and the Cross of Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. Radon presently advises public authorities and civil society in a number of developing and emerging nations around the world. Radon served as Georgia’s key foreign advisor and negotiator of the multi-billion dollar and multi-nation oil and gas pipelines from Azerbaijan to Georgia to Turkey (the BTC). For his engaged representation of Georgia, Radon was awarded the country’s highest civilian award, the Order of Honor. He has also the author of numerous academic and professional articles and reports. In 2021 he organized an international (digital) conference on freedom and liberty celebrating the 275th birthday of the US revolutionary hero Tadeusz Kościuszko and in support of Belarusian freedom.

Radon obtained his B.A. from Columbia University, M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from Stanford Law School.