Daniel Kammen

Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy 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. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010.

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 has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities.

Dr. 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. 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.

During 2010-2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He was appointed to this newly-created position in October 2010, in which he provided strategic leadership on 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.?

He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 300 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. Dr. Kammen also served for many years on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility. He is 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 (twice), Nova, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Dr. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society. In the US, he serves on two National Academy of Sciences boards and panels.

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Past Appearances

Knowledge@Wharton: November 26, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Garret Martin (Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Brian Berkey (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), Joao Gomes (Professor of Finance, The Wharton School), and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Monday, November 26, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: October 9, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Joshua Sharfstein (Professor of the Practice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Gad Levanon (Chief Economist, North America, The Conference Board), Brian Berkey (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), Anita Gupta (Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Drexel College of Medicine), and Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland) on the Tuesday, October 9, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: August 21, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Cyndi Suarez (Senior Editor, Author of The Power Manual: How to Master Complex Power Dynamics, Nonprofit Quarterly), Sunil Gupta (Professor of Business Administration, Author of Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Re-imagining Your Business, Harvard University), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Michael Gerrard (Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School), John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management), and Robert Meyer (Professor, Co-Director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania) on the Tuesday, August 21, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: June 5, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Evelyne Kruger (Project Manager, IMPaCT Community Health Workers), Jill Feldstein (COO, IMPaCT Community Health Workers), Felix Mormann (Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Amy Sepinwall (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics), Tobias Barrington Wolff (Law Professor, University of Pennsylvania), Howard Kunreuther (James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Co-Author of “Mastering Catastrophic Risk”, The Wharton School), Michael Useem, and Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton) on the Tuesday, June 5, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: January 3, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Stormy Simon (Advisory Board Member; Cannabis Advocate, E-Commerce Expert, CannaKids), William Caruso (Founder; Managing Director, Archer Public Affairs, New Jersey United Marijuana Reform), Jeremy Kahn (Co-CEO, Franklin BioScience), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Nader Habibi (Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies; Senior Lecturer, Economics Dept, Brandeis University), Philip Nichols (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Djavad Salehi-Isfahani (Professor of Economics; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Virginia Tech; The Brookings Institution), Mark Cohen (Director of Retail Studies, Columbia University Graduate School of Business), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Barbara Kahn (Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School) on the Wednesday, January 3, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: November 8, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Robert Kopp (Director of Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Co-Director, Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Initiative, Rutgers University), Bill Schneider (Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University), Leslie Berlin (Project Historian, Silicon Valley Archives, Stanford University), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Denise Lee Yohn (Speaker; Brand-Building Expert; Author), Marc Meredith (Associate Professor, Political Science; Associate Processor, the Business Economics and Public Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania; The Wharton School), and Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton) on the Wednesday, November 8, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: October 12, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Scott Galloway (Professor of Marketing; Founder of L2 Inc; Author of “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google”, New York University’s Stern School of Business), Anita Oberholster (Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis), Michael Castagna (Chief Executive Officer; Member of Board of Directors, MannKind Corporation), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), J. Keith Gilless (Dean of College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley), and Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton) on the Thursday, October 12, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

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