Helaina Matza

United States Department of State

Director, Office of Energy Transformation

Helaina R. Matza is the Director of Energy Transformation in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the Department of State. In this role she leads strategic engagement on clean energy and power sector issues, including the Department’s multilateral effort focused on securing clean energy supply chains. Helaina has most recently served as Director of Climate Diplomacy and Energy Transformation at the National Security Council in the White House. Helaina has spent the past eight years at the Department of State developing and managing multi-million-dollar innovative initiatives related to energy, climate change and environmental issues. She has served in a diverse set of roles, including as a lead sustainability advisor developing the Department’s global air quality monitoring program, leading several Bureau of Energy Resources’ policy priorities overseas, and as a lead negotiator on the U.S. delegation at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Before joining the Department of State, she held positions focused on philanthropic engagement and trade promotion. Helaina holds an M.P.A. focused on global energy management and a B.A. in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University.

Sessions With Helaina Matza

Thursday, 10 March

  • 03:05pm - 03:45pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 09:05 pm - 10/mar/2022 09:45 pm

    Renewable Ambitions: Can supply chains deliver?

    Panel Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain
    In November 2021, representatives of almost 200 nations and territories gathered in Glasgow to drive forward action on limiting global climate change. Currently, a total of 154 parties have pledged to reach net-zero emissions, accounting for about 90% of global GHG emissions and 95% of global GDP. As part of these ambitions, parties have agreed to accelerate the efforts to reduce unabated coal and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. Under the IHS Markit Green Rules scenario, approximately 75% of key markets’ generation capacity will come from renewables in 2050. This will require a dramatic ramp up of the supply chains and the production and processing of raw materials. What is required for supply chains to develop at the pace that climate ambitions will require? How are companies adapting their strategies to cope with potential supply chain bottlenecks?