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Keynote Speaker: Andy Karsner
Andy Karsner is founder and chairman of Manifest Energy and splits time as a senior executive at both Google X and the Emerson Collective. His entrepreneurial leadership has been associated with both venture capital and private equity portfolios responsible for guidance and/or holdings in some of the most successful technology startups over the last ten years, including Nest (Internet of things), Tesla (mobility), Recurrent (solar), Sensity (lighting) and Codexis (biotech).
He is a Precourt Energy Scholar, lecturer and Hoover Visiting Fellow at Stanford University. He has been an associate for energy geopolitics at the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, an advisor at the MIT Energy Institute and a board member of University of Chicago's Argonne National Lab. Karsner is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and distinguished fellow at the Council on Competitiveness, life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and National Petroleum Council, and participant in the Bilderberg transatlantic dialogue. He is a recipient of the “President's Award” from the United States Green Building Council and top honors from the United States Energy Association and the Alliance to Save Energy. H.M. King Carl Gustav of Sweden knighted Karsner as “Royal Commander of the Polar Star” for his role in advancing European-US technology collaboration.
Karsner received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Rice University, subsequently received the Hugh Scott Cameron award for distinguished alumni service, a Master of Arts degree from Hong Kong University and a fellowship from Rotary International. Karsner and his wife spent 12 years based in London and Hong Kong. They are multilingual, have visited every continent and more than 100 nations for work and pleasure and reside with their four daughters in Bethesda, Maryland.