Global Conference 2016

Speaker's Biography

Andy Karsner

Managing Partner, Emerson Collective

Andy Karsner is managing partner at the Emerson Collective, founder and executive chairman of Manifest Energy and a former U.S. assistant secretary of energy. He also is co-manager of the Emerson Fund and senior strategist and space cowboy at Google X. He has been associated with several technology startups, including Nest, Tesla, Recurrent and Codexis. As assistant secretary of energy for efficiency, he helped implement energy legislation. Earlier, he was founder and CEO of Enercorp and director and senior development manager for Wartsila Power Development. Karsner is on the boards of Conservation International, the Gas Technology Institute and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the advisory boards of MIT Medialab, Sandia National Lab and the Automotive X Prize. He is a Hoover visiting fellow at Stanford University, a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.A. from Hong Kong University.


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