Reed Fellow for Science and Technology to give April Leadership Q&A

Varun Sivaram headshot

Varun Sivaram, the Phillip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations, will be featured at a Leadership Q&A at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19th, in Thomas 209.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sivaram is also a strategic advisor to the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Reforming the Energy Vision. Before joining CFR, Dr. Sivaram was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he counseled Fortune 500 companies on adapting to the modern competitive landscape in energy.

Sivaram’s new book is entitled Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and is a member of the advisory boards for both the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

Sivaram’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, and Scientific American. A Truman and a Rhodes Scholar, he holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations, with honors in international security. Sivaram holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University, where he developed third-generation solar photovoltaic coatings for building-integrated applications.