Born and raised outside of Philadelphia in New Jersey, Sagatom moved to Washington, D.C., to attend American University where he graduated with a degree in business administration and international studies. While at American, he studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Tbilisi, Georgia, and interned with the economics section of the State Department’s Afghanistan office, and later the German Marshall Fund’s energy security team. Through these experiences, he became passionate about the intersection between energy and geopolitics. After graduation, Sagatom joined the Council on Foreign Relation’s Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. His research spanned oil and gas markets, technology innovation, climate change policy and energy transitions in emerging markets. While at CFR, he published widely on emerging international security problems stemming from global energy transitions including U.S.-China competition, Russia’s nuclear industry, and climate risk. Sagatom left the Council on Foreign Relations to pursue research in Kyiv, Ukraine, on advancing the country’s energy sector reforms. While in Ukraine, he has also helped advise Ukrainian policymakers and civil society groups on international energy policy and draft energy reform legislation.