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 ability to bridge the gap between science and society to incentivize solutions to diverse challenges facing our world, including climate change, energy, and our ocean. 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. In these roles, he facilitated innovative research and communication between scientists, decision makers, and the public and led the creation of regional climate change programs for the 10 million people of Los Angeles County. Paul is also the co-founder of Conservation X Labs, an organization that brings innovation to global conservation threats.
Paul’s service includes World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Oceans, the City of Los Angeles’ Green Retrofit Advisory Council, the UCLA Center for Tropical Research, board member of, and as an advisor to USAID, Clean Tech LA, Climate Resolve, the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, and the Asia Society. 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. 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.