Around the world, governments, organizations, and industry partners are increasingly focused on energy technology, energy security, and the transition to net-zero. While there is cause for optimism, the scope, scale, and speed of innovation and investments present unique challenges, and sectors are unevenly exposed to the net-zero transition. Join us this Earth Day, Friday, April 22, as we discuss trends in energy research and development and the path to net-zero with physicist, bestselling author, and senior advisor to the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Dr. Varun Sivaram.
About the Speaker
Dr. Varun Sivaram, Senior Director for Clean Energy & Innovation, Office of the U.S. Special Presidential for Climate, is a physicist, bestselling author, and clean energy technology expert with experience spanning the corporate, public, and academic sectors. He serves in the Biden-Harris administration as senior advisor to U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and the senior director for clean energy, innovation, and competitiveness.
Previously, as chief technology officer of ReNew Power, Sivaram led research and development for a multibillion-dollar company recognized as India’s largest producer of renewable energy as well as its most innovative energy company; his corporate experience also includes consulting for McKinsey & Co’s energy practice. Sivaram has also shaped government policies supportive of innovation as the director of the energy and climate program at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a senior energy advisor to the Los Angeles mayor and New York governor’s office.
A widely published scientist and innovation scholar, he has served on the faculty of Columbia University, on the boards of Stanford University’s energy and environment institutes, and created the course “Clean Energy Innovation” as a Georgetown University professor to train the next generation of energy leaders.