Dr. Ernest Moniz

Energy Futures Initiative

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ernest J. Moniz is the CEO of Energy Futures Initiative and EJM Associates. He served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. In that role, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. He also strengthened the Department of Energy’s (DOE) strategic partnerships with its seventeen national laboratories to produce science-based policy proposals that attracted strong bipartisan support. A key architect of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Mission Innovation at COP 21, Professor Moniz championed international initiatives that placed energy, science, and technological innovation at the center of the global response to the climate crisis. He also negotiated the historic Iran nuclear agreement alongside Secretary of State John Kerry. Today Professor Moniz also serves as CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, preventing the spread of disease, and reducing radiological threats. Professor Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. He received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and has received multiple honorary doctorates.

Sessions With Dr. Ernest Moniz

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 08:00am - 08:35am (CST) / 02/mar/2021 02:00 pm - 02/mar/2021 02:35 pm


    Welcome Remarks & Special Dialogue with Hon. John Kerry

    Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    President Joe Biden appointed John Kerry as Special President Envoy on Climate to propel the United States back to global leadership on climate change. Global commitments are aligning. Over 125 countries have pledged or are considering commitment to net-zero CO2 emissions. Yet few have aligned climate aspirations with policies, laws, and regulations to achieve them. How will the United States lead internationally to ensure that energy demand, climate aspirations, and energy security intersect?  

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 10:30am - 11:00am (CST) / 03/mar/2021 04:30 pm - 03/mar/2021 05:00 pm

    Voices of Innovation

    Voices of Innovation: Ernie Moniz: A pragmatist's guide to decarbonization

    Panel Innovation & Technology

    Dr. Ernie Moniz is a leader in understanding solutions to climate change through innovation. What are the technologies, policies, and business models needed to accelerate clean energy and decarbonization? How can energy companies better engage with government to accelerate the innovation ecosystem and the development and deployment of early-stage discoveries? What are the most promising technology pathways for a lower-carbon future? Interviewed by Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, the $1B+ fund to catalyze low-carbon solutions.

Thursday, 4 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm (CST) / 04/mar/2021 06:30 pm - 04/mar/2021 07:00 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: Future of Fission

    Panel Power & Renewables Clean Tech
    Nuclear power accounts for 10% of global power generation but faces numerous challenges. Many experts view nuclear power as an important tool in combating climate change. What advancements in nuclear fission technology would overcome these challenges? How can the next generation of reactors be commercialized?