WASHINGTON, September 9, 2010– The World Bank today announced the appointment of Professor of Energy Daniel M. Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley as the organization’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. This is a new position created to provide strategic leadership on the policy, technical, and operational fronts. The aim is to enhance the operational impact of the Bank's renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution's role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.
The appointment comes amid unprecedented demand from developing countries for World Bank support in their efforts to address development and climate change as interlinked challenges. This includes responding to the challenges in providing energy services to the one-and-a-half billion people who remain without access to clean, reliable, and affordable modern energy services.
“I am delighted that Dan Kammen will be joining the Bank in this critical role at this critical time,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development “With Dan on board, we look forward to strong leadership and rich partnerships with many actors, in the public and private sectors, on this important topic.”
“More than ever,” Andersen added, “our client and countries are looking for solutions as they put in place economic growth and poverty reduction policies for their citizens today while taking into account the needs of the planet tomorrow. The supply and use of clean energy is a prime element in responding to both concerns. Dan’s deep knowledge, broad experience, and extensive network of international actors working in this area makes him a perfect fit for this new position.”
Daniel M. Kammen has worked for 25 years on the technical, analytic tools and policies that play a central role in enabling a low-carbon energy and wider sustainable economic systems.
“I am captivated and motivated by the need to respond to the immense clean energy needs of countries around the world to address quality of life and economic empowerment, address problems of inequity, and respond to the challenges of climate change,” said Kammen. “As researchers and development professionals, we must refine what we are currently doing, as well as develop new tools, to provide more low-cost, high quality, clean energy worldwide.”
“The World Bank, with its cadre of seasoned staff already working in this area, is in a position to make incredible contributions to this push for global sustainability. I look forward to joining the organization, being a part of this exciting venture, and contributing to lasting solutions that enable countries to get and stay on a path of development that reduces poverty and provides for the well-being of generations to come,” said Kammen.
Currently, Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. The focus of his work is on the science and policy of clean, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, the role of energy in national energy policy, international climate debates, and the use and impacts of energy sources and technologies on development, particularly in Africa and Latin America.
Daniel M. Kammen’s appointment will be effective October 4, 2010.
About Daniel M. Kammen
Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and serves the State of California and the U. S. federal government in expert and advisory capacities. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 240 peer-reviewed journal publications, testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings, and has provided various governments with more than 50 technical reports. Kammen served for many years on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility. He is also a frequent contributor to or commentator in international news media, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. Kammen has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nova, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis,
Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society. In the U. S., he serves on two National Academy of Sciences boards and panels and, in April, 2010 was named by U. S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as the first Energy and Climate Fellow for the Western Hemisphere.
Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999.