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Dr. Jatin Nathwani

Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo

Professor Nathwani is Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environment. He is also the founding Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). The Institute comprises over 95 faculty members drawn from six faculties at the University of Waterloo.

As the Executive Director, he provides leadership to the Institute’s research and development efforts to foster the development of large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects in close collaboration with business, industry, government and civil society groups. The vision of the Institute is simple: clean energy, accessible and affordable for all.

His current focus is on energy policy developments to enable the social and technological innovations required for the transition of the global energy system to a lower carbon energy economy for long term sustainability. Energy research at WISE spans the full range of renewable energy technologies, energy storage, smart energy networks, sustainable mobility and ICT for micro-power and off grid access.

Prof. Nathwani’s experience in the Canadian energy sector includes corporate planning and strategy, sector policy developments, regulatory affairs, innovation and R&D linkages and long term plans for the energy sector. He has advised the Ontario Power Authority and the Ministry of Energy on evolving electricity sector issues. Prof. Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books.

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