Daniel M. Kannen to head clean energy development at World Bank


Professor of Energy Daniel M. Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley has been appointed by the World Bank as chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency, where he will head programs to foster low carbon growth in developing countries.

A new position, its 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.

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.

Currently, he 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.

Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. Prior to moving to the University of California, Berkeley, he was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.  
“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. “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.”

Kammen’s appointment will be effective October 4, 2010.