Daniel M Kammen

Daniel M Kammen
Distinguished Speaker, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Daniel Kammen is the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (where he serves as Chair), the Goldman School of Public Policy (where he directs the Environmental Policy Center), 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 currently on leave from the University of California while serving in the Biden Administration as the Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

His research is focused on the science and policy of decarbonized energy systems, energy access, and environmental justice. He has published more than 400 papers, which are available on his laboratory website, the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL, or http://rael.berkeley.edu).

Kammen 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. He served as Science Envoy for the US Department of State in the Obama Administration, and was the First Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the World Bank.

Mr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. Before moving to the University of California, Berkeley, he was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

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.

Kammen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.