Chief Scientist at XPRIZE Foundation
Paul Bunje is a global thought leader in bringing innovation to solve environmental grand challenges. Paul leads Energy & Environment prizes at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to incentivizing solutions to diverse challenges facing our world. This work includes leading the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE and the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.
Dr. Bunje has served as the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. Paul is also the co-founder of Conservation X Labs, an organization that brings innovation to global conservation threats. Paul is trained in biology, with a B.S. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Paul serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Oceans. In 2013, the American Association for the Advancement of Science selected Paul as one of 40 individuals that exemplify the thousands of AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows who are dedicated to applying science to serve society.
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