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Daniel Kammen

HNP Board Member

Daniel Kammen is the Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC. Kammen is also the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. His work is focused on decarbonization, energy access, and climate justice. Kammen was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010 and served as Science Envoy for Secretary of State John Kerry (2016- 2017). His research is focused on the science and policy of decarbonized energy systems, energy access, and environmental justice. He has published more than 400 papers, which are available on his laboratory website, the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL, online at Twitter: @dan_kammen

Kammen has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities. Kammen was the First Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the World Bank (2010 – 2011). Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. Before moving to the University of California,
Berkeley, he was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation. Kammen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.

Daniel Kammen
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