Jatin Nathwani

BSIA Board Member   Professor, Management Science, Engineering, University of Waterloo  

Jatin Nathwani
Faculty, Board Member
Faculty, Board Member



Jatin Nathwani

BSIA Board Member

Professor, Management Science, Engineering, University of Waterloo

519-888-4567 | Ext. 38252



Professor Jatin Nathwani is the founding Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and the inaugural Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy (2007-2020) at the University of Waterloo.

He co-directs, with Professor Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) the Global Change Initiative – Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H), comprising 150+ leading STEM experts, social scientists, and practitioners from 50+ institutions in 30 countries committed to eradicating global energy poverty.

At the Balsillie School of International Affairs, he leads the research cluster ‘STEM for Global Resilience.’ At WISE, he led research initiatives on accelerating energy transitions for a zero-carbon economy through systems assessments of technology, financing strategies, risk management and public policy.

Prior to his academic appointment, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector for 30 years. He has provided policy advice to the federal and the provincial governments. As a key contributor to Ontario’s electricity system plans, he has played an important role in advancing environmental sustainability at all stages of planning. As the inaugural member of the ‘Energy Transition Network of Ontario (ETNO), he remains engaged at the interface of power system planning and the emergent digital economy.

Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has more than 200 publications related to energy policy, environment, and risk management.

For Media Coverage, please visit: 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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