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About the Advisory Team

A distinguished panel of advisors helped to guide The Great Energy Challenge. They identified and provided support for projects that focus on innovative energy solutions. The aim was to highlight local projects that have potential to expand to regional or global scale.

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    Sally M. Benson

    Benson, a leading expert in low-carbon energy supply, directs the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University.  She is a research professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth Sciences.

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    José Goldemberg

    Goldemberg helped guide Brazil in its effort to replace much of its oil consumption with sugar cane ethanol. As Brazil’s environment minister, he played a key role in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. He is a professor at the University of São Paulo.

  • Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

    Thomas E. Lovejoy

    Lovejoy is a conservation fellow at the National Geographic Society and chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee. He is known for his work on biodiversity, and his many innovations include the concept of debt-for-nature swaps and the public television series Nature.

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    Amory Lovins

    Lovins co-founded and chairs the Rocky Mountain Institute—an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit "think-and-do tank" that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.

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    Rajendra K. Pachauri

    Pachauri chairs the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is director-general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), renowned for its work in energy, the environment, forestry, biotechnology, and conservation.

  • Daniel Kammen

    Daniel Kammen

    Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy, where he directs the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.

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