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Lawrence E. Jones (US) – VP International Programs, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Lawrence E. Jones

Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is an award-winning thought leader, practitioner, author, keynote speaker, and patentholder with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry.

He joined the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in September 2015 as Vice President, International Programs. Under his leadership, EEI has today more than 65 electric companies with operations in 90 countries. Prior to joining EEI he was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation and Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid.

He is passionate about polymathic questioning to catalyze change, and advocates using system approaches to solutions for the energy-water transition and other global challenges. Dr. Jones is affiliated with several organizations and serves on the boards or advisory councils of the World Resources Institute and the US Millennium Challenge Corporation. He is Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash Energy Institute, Monash University (Australia); a Senior Associate (non-Resident) with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic International Studies; Senior Fellow at Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy; and Co-Chair of the Global Pillar of the Dentons Smart Cities & Connected Communities Initiative and Think Tank. He is also co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Development in Africa.

Born in Liberia, received his MSc, Licentiate, and PhD in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.