David A. Wilhite

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About

Clean energy and climate change expertise. International arbitration and creative problem solving. American and Colombian (dual native). Look up “multidisciplinary” in the dictionary and you may just find a photo of David A. Wilhite Ramírez. With more than 15 years of professional experience, this dexterous attorney is as collaborative as he is cross-cultural—a point proven by the fact that he’s fluent in four languages.

David has put his keen legal mind to work on energy and climate change matters in Africa, MENA, Europe and Latin America. In his pre-Disan days, his career spanned from resolving international disputes at various firms in Paris, France to, most recently, leading energy and low-carbon projects for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Back in his college days, he developed an on-location research project on environmental NGOs and government in Pernambuco, Brazil. And today, he somehow still finds time to feed his hunger for entrepreneurship as a founder and board member of Bonaria Tate, an organization that structures impact investments and guides businesses’ renewable energy initiatives throughout the Americas.

It’s easy to see that David brings  sustainably “green” and global perspectives to Disan, but he’s not just a citizen of the world professionally. His hobbies and tastes also transcend borders: salsa music, French wine, sailing, Spanish guitar, buttermilk biscuits and aprepa con queso. He’s practically a buffet of international interest, and that’s just the way we like him.

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At a Glance:

Education

JD, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC

Master of Law in International and EU Law, Université de Paris Ouest, Paris, France

Master of International Affairs, La Universidad Externado de Colombia in Partnership with Columbia University, SIPA and Sciences Po, Bogotá, Colombia

BA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Admissions

New York

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