Dr. Dowlatabadi is the Canada Research Chair & Professor in Applied Mathematics and Global Change at the University of British Columbia; a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Washington DC think tank; and an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering & Public Policy. Dr. Dowlatabadi received a BSc in Physics from Edinburgh University (1980) and a PhD in physics (focussing on integrated energy systems) from the Cavendish Laboratories at the University of Cambridge (1984). His research focuses on interacting social, economic and environmental systems, and how these systems create and respond to challenges over time, at the interface of technology, energy, the environment, public health and public policy. In 2004 Dr. Dowlatabadi co-founded the non-profit Offsetters Climate Neutral Society, a leading provider of sustainability and carbon-management solutions. Offsetters made the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics climate neutral and has been a pioneer in GHG reduction strategies. In 2007 Dr. Dowlatabadi co-founded Green-Erg Technologies, a Company focused on energy efficiency projects. Green-Erg is currently building the first off-grid biomass based community energy system (3MWth, 720kWe) in Canada. 2 In 2012 Dr. Dowlatabadi co-founded HydroRun a company that is developing a novel hydrokinetic device to generate electricity from the energy of free-flowing streams, with the goal of dispatchable renewable electricity generation at competitive prices to the grid. Dr. Dowlatabadi was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and also on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.