Like many, the pandemic gave me an opportunity to self-reflect on my life and my role in the world. As a scientist, I thought we could solve the world’s problems with technology, that every issue could be fixed with human ingenuity. I came to the realization that while science and innovation is necessary, it is insufficient to make the change we need to address complex problems such as a global pandemic or worsening climate change.

We need technology, finance and policy, all working together to move the needle. I looked around and saw that technology was advancing, that financers and institutional investors were starting to act and demand more from companies, but that government and policy were lagging behind technology and the markets.

I have spent my career developing clean technology, first as a researcher and highly cited scientist in academia, then as a startup entrepreneur and Carbon XPRIZE finalist, and most recently as the…

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