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, 8 March

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 08:30am - 09:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 02:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 03:10 pm

    Voices of Innovation: John Browne & Ernie Moniz

    One-on-one candid conversations from the foremost and sometimes controversial thought leaders. 
  • 01:30pm - 02:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 08:10 pm

    Fusion: Closer than you think

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    Debate over the practicality of achieving fusion energy has raged for decades. But what has eluded experts has been the ability to scale the technology to achieve net energy, i.e., to get more energy out than what is put in. How close are we to solving this fundamental problem?

  • 02:25pm - 03:05pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 08:25 pm - 09/mar/2022 09:05 pm

    Erupting Conflicts & Green Upheaval: Where energy transition & geopolitics collide

    Panel Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory

    Energy crises, hot and simmering conflicts, and disruptive politics and geopolitics during renewable energy deployment may reshape both global security structures and the pace and course of energy transition. The concept of a just transition is entrenched in climate diplomacy, but what is just for countries in Eastern Europe or Asia that must upend their coal economies, or for Africa, if it cannot develop its gas reserves to reduce dependence on diesel and firewood? If investments in oil and gas contract sharply when driving and flying habits change slowly, will market power concentrate in Russia and the Middle East? Could political backlash on high gasoline and electricity prices rattle commitments to net zero? What can we learn from energy shortfalls affecting the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its impact on European cohesion? Should the concentration of inputs for renewable power, batteries, and electric vehicles (EVs) concern governments as national security risks?