Robert Stoner

MIT Energy Initiative

Deputy Director for Science and Technology

Robert Stoner is the deputy director for science and technology at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), founding director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, and faculty co-director of the MITEI Low-Carbon Energy Center for Electric Power Systems. He is currently a member of the MIT Energy Council, the Science and Technology Committee of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Aspen Institute’s US-India Track-II Dialogue, and the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Global Commission to End Energy Poverty on which he serves as secretary. Stoner is the inventor of numerous computational and ultrafast optical measurement techniques, and has led successful technology firms in the semiconductor, IT, and optics industries From 2007 through 2009, he lived and worked in Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation, including as the CEO of the Clinton Development Initiative, and director of the Clinton Climate Initiative for Africa. His present research at MIT focuses on energy storage technology and policy, and the design and optimization of energy systems and business models in the developing world. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University and PhD from Brown University in condensed matter physics.

Sessions With Robert Stoner

Thursday, 10 March

  • 10:30am - 11:10am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 04:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 05:10 pm

    Bringing Electricity to Developing Countries

    Panel Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory

    Energy is essential to prosperity, hence enabling widespread access to energy that is reliable, affordable, and sustainable is a primary goal for any developing country. The stakes could not be higher: today, a billion people live without access to modern energy, with devastating consequences for their health, livelihoods, and environment. Yet this problem is notoriously sticky, and efforts to advance solutions tend to progress slowly. Why is this the case, and what can be done differently to accelerate development? Will advances in energy technologies change the equation? How should development organizations support national and local governments and communities to enhance energy access, what are the challenges of such partnerships, and what are the best practices?