Jatin Nathwani

Professor Jatin Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) at the University of Waterloo. As the inaugural Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy (2007-2020), he has led research initiatives on accelerating energy transitions for a zero-carbon economy through systems assessments of technology, financing strategies, risk management and public policy.

Professor Nathwani, co-Directs with Prof Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) the Global Change Initiative – Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H). The consortium comprises 150+ leading STEM and social science researchers, energy access thought leaders and practitioners from 50 institutions in 30 countries committed to eradicating energy poverty by 2030.

The vision of WISE is to advance foster research and development for clean energy solutions that remain accessible and affordable for all. WISE brings together the expertise of all the faculties at UW to spur innovation, develop and deploy and spur innovation through multi-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with businesses, industry, governments, and civil society groups.

Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector for 30 years. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector restructuring, integrated power system planning, environmental and regulatory policy developments, and research program management.

Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to transition road-maps, energy policy, environment and climate risk management, including seven books. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

For Media Coverage: wise.uwaterloo.ca

Select Publications

  • Nathwani, J, Kammen, D.M. 2019. “Affordable Energy for Humanity: A Global Movement to Support Universal Clean Energy Access.” Proceedings of the IEEE, 1-9.
  • Linkov, I, Nathwani, J., et al.. 2014.  “Changing the resilience paradigm” Nature Climate Change 4: 407-409.
  • Nathwani, J. Ng, A. 2019. “A Cap and Invest” Strategy for Managing the Intergenerational Burdens of Financing Energy Transitions”, in Handbook of Green Finance: Energy Security and Sustainable Development, edited by Jeffery Sachs, et al. Springer Verlag, Tokyo. Chapter 4, pp.63-80.
  • Nathwani et al.. 2019. “Quantifying security and resilience of Chinese coastal urban ecosystems.” Science of the Total Environment 51-61.
  • Nathwani, J, Blackstock, J. “Equinox Blueprint Energy 2030- A technological roadmap for a low-carbon, electrified future.” Waterloo Global Science Initiative.
  • “Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World: Innovative Uses of ICT for Greening Canada.” Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), Expert Panel Member, April 2014
  • Nathwani, J. 2014. “Canada’s Low Carbon Electricity Advantage: Unlocking the Potential of Inter- Regional Trade.” Ch 6, in Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Superpower, edited by R. Marceau. Canadian Academy of Engineering, pp. 97-122.
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