Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (MIT Press, 2018). He teaches "Clean Energy Innovation" at Georgetown University, is a Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy, and serves on Stanford University's energy and environment boards.
He has advised both the mayor of Los Angeles and the governor of New York on energy and was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. PV Magazine called him "The Hamilton of the Solar Industry," Forbes named him one of its 30 under 30, and Grist selected him as one of the top 50 leaders in sustainability.