Global Conference 2010
Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Preservation Initiative
Larry Coben is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, an organization devoted to preserving the world's cultural heritage by providing sustainable economic opportunities to poor communities where endangered archaeological sites are located. Coben is also an archaeologist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He co-authored the seminal volume Archaeology of Performance: Theater, Power and Community. His most recent archaeological work focuses on Inca imperial expansion and the role of spectacles, rituals and theatricality in ancient societies. Coben has also started and run numerous energy companies. He is CEO of Tremisis Energy Corp., an advisory and investment firm, and a board member of NRG Energy and the Chilean utility SAESA. He serves on the Department of Homeland Security's Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force and writes an energy blog for the Huffington Post.