Jonathan Chanis


  • Managing Member of New Tide Asset Management
  • Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia


Jonathan Chanis has worked in energy and finance for over 25 years. Most of this time has been spent trading and investing in the emerging markets and various commodities markets, especially petroleum and natural gas. Currently he is Managing Member of New Tide Asset Management, a proprietary vehicle focused on global and resource investing.   

Previously, Mr. Chanis was Managing Director at Tribeca Global Management where he traded energy and emerging market equities, and commodities and currencies.  He also was a Senior Trader at Caxton Associates were he traded similar assets.  Earlier, Mr. Chanis assisted AIG in building its third party asset management business, and was president of several AIG companies including its Russian investment bank.   He also worked on the trading desk of J. Aron & Co., and he was a Vice President at the Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of the U.S.S.R., and at the New York Mercantile Exchange.  

Mr. Chanis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relation, and he was an Advisory Board member, and then a member of the Board of Directors of The Energy Forum, for over 20 years.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School, CUNY, and a BA in Economics from Brooklyn College.

Mr. Chanis has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on, among other subjects, energy security, international politics, comparative politics, political economy, and public policy and financial crises.  His courses at Columbia University have been recognized as among the “Top Five Courses” (out of approximately 200 courses) at the School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA) for the last three years in a row, and in 2014 he received SIPA’s “Distinguished Teaching Award.”