Richard G. Newell

Former President and CEO, Resources for the Future

Dr. Richard G. Newell is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sustainability at enterprise AI software company C3 AI, where he helps private and public enterprises digitally transform to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and water, and create sustainable supply chains. Previously he was President and CEO and a board member of Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent nonprofit research institution that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. He has held senior government appointments as the Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration and as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Newell was previously the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Duke University and founding Director of its Energy Initiative and Energy Data Analytics Lab. He has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for climate change, the energy transition, and technology innovation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Climate Security Roundtable, the board of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, and the National Petroleum Council. Newell holds a PhD from Harvard, an MPA from Princeton, and BS and BA degrees from Rutgers.

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