2019 Winner

Saul Griffith

for his urgency, imagination and drive to find practical, imaginative, scalable solutions to possibly unsolvable planetary problems


Saul Griffith is an engineer and entrepreneur specializing in clean and renewable energy technologies. He completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Griffith has founded a dozen technology companies in Silicon Valley. He is the author of three books including “Electrify,” and “The Big Switch.” Griffith has turned his attention from Otherlab, his independent research and development lab, to policy work and writing, including founding Rewiring America and Rewiring Australia, non-partisan organizations dedicated to electrification and decarbonization and the associated policy and regulatory implications of meeting climate goals.

New thinking, new actions

Raised by an engineer and an artist who took him to some of the world’s most beautiful places in the Australian and Pacific wilderness, Griffith got both his father’s technological gifts and his mother’s deep aesthetic attachment to nature. This background led him to become the founder and chief scientist at Otherlab, an organization that helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and deep decarbonization. He’s been a principal investigator and project lead on federally funded research projects for agencies including NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-e), National Science Foundation and United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and was awarded the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2007. Learn more

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