Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Amory B. Lovins, a consultant physicist and innovator in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the "Alternative Nobel." Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Time Hero for the Planet, National Design, and World Technology Awards.
A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed 23 heads of state and written 31 books and over 530 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org) - an independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources - his work as its Chief Scientist has lately included leading the superefficient redesigns of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and $40+ billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors. He led the creation of two of RMI's five for-profit spinoffs: E Source, www.esource.com, and Fiberforge, www.fiberforge.com, which he chaired until 2007. His latest books with various coauthors include Natural Capitalism (www.natcap.org), Small Is Profitable (www.smallisprofitale.org), Winning the Oil Endgame (www.oilendgame.com), The Essential Amory Lovins, and Reinventing Fire (www.reinventingfire.com). The most recent of his visiting posts in ten universities were as 2007 MAP/Ming Professor in Stanford University's School of Engineering (www.rmi.org/stanford) and as Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Chief of Naval Operations and of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. In 2009, Time named him one of the world's 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.