Executive Director, Policy Research
Anand R. Gopal is Energy Innovation’s Executive Director, Policy Research, where he leads the firm’s research and modeling teams, supporting policy design to reduce emissions equitably at the speed and scale required to meet the climate challenge. Anand has worked in clean energy and climate for two decades, predominantly in policy analysis.
From 2018 to 2021, he was a program officer in the Environment Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In this role, Anand managed the program’s global strategic grantmaking on clean power and transportation, as well as support for climate policy in India. His grantmaking strategy focused on quickly, resiliently, and reliably electrifying the global economy with clean power to safeguard people from the catastrophic effects of climate change.
Prior to the Hewlett Foundation, Anand was a research scientist in clean energy and transportation at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he led LBNL’s global research on energy policy solutions for climate mitigation. Anand’s research used interdisciplinary methods from engineering and economics.
He is Vice Chair of the Board at the International Council on Clean Transportation and a board member at Veloz, and is a regular contributing author on clean transportation at Forbes. Anand serves on the Drive Electric Campaign’s steering committee, which aims to accelerate the global transition to zero-emission road transport.
He holds a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University, and a B.S. in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.