As much of the world embraces the urgency for developing alternative sources of energy, and sources of fossil fuel become less reliable and more expensive, this lecture series explores the most promising new innovations and technologies currently in development for sustainable, affordable, and renewable power.
Speakers address these issues, as well as the science, economics, and politics behind bio-fuels, solar, wind, and clean-coal technology, and the critical role businesses and governments will play in creating a new energy paradigm.
Tom Becker is the president of Chautauqua Institution. Becker joined Chautauqua in March 1985 as a vice president of the Institution and vice president of the Chautauqua Foundation. Over the years he was promoted to executive vice president and CEO of the Foundation.
In 2001, he continued as chief executive officer of the Foundation and was named executive vice president of Chautauqua Institution. As chief executive, Becker oversaw the growth of the Foundation into a professional fund-raising organization and led it to raising over $100 million in support of the Institution.
Arvind Subramanian is senior fellow jointly at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development and senior research professor at the Johns Hopkins University. He was assistant director in the research department of the International Monetary Fund, where he worked on trade, development, Africa, India and the Middle East. He has also served at the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Subramanian has written on growth, trade, development, climate change and renewable energy, oil, India, Africa, the WTO and intellectual property. He has published widely in academic and other journals, including the American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), Foreign Affairs, World Economy and Economic and Political Weekly. He has also published or been cited in leading magazines and newspapers, including The Economist, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and New York Review of Books. He has been interviewed on PBS' "Charlie Rose Show" and is a columnist for India's leading financial daily, Business Standard.