Professor, Ontario Research Chair and Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo
Jatin Nathwani is Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and Ontario Research Chair in Sustainable Energy and Public Policy at the University of Waterloo. He also serves as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Waterloo Global Science Initiative. Jatin began his academic career later in life after spending decades as a leader in the Canadian utilities sector. Now, a sense of duty towards the billions who do not have reliable access to electricity drives this work.
As co-founder of Affordable Energy for Humanity, his focus is forging collaborations between university researchers, energy companies and organizations active on the ground to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon global economy. “Energy poverty remains a barrier to economic well-being for such a large proportion of humanity,” he says, “we have a moral imperative to ensure that the needs of the poor are not ignored anymore.”
He believes scientific and technological innovations will remain at the core of the effort to address this complex global problem but he knows “significant advancement will only be possible if we can bring into play the insights and knowledge from many disciplines including the social sciences and the humanities. In the end, it is the quality of life of every global citizen that matters.”