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Global Energy Forum
May 6-7, 2020

Where global leaders engage in strategic dialogue about the future of energy.


2020 Forum Hosts

U.S. Secretary of State (Fmr)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense (Fmr)
U.S. Secretary of State (Fmr)
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U.S. Secretary of Energy (Fmr)

Over 500 leaders from industry, academia, government and non-profit will converge at Stanford University's Global Energy Forum on May 6-7, 2020.

The by-invitation 2020 Forum focuses on the urgent, challenging issues facing global decarbonization and a rapid transformation of the global energy system, from scaling technology and innovation to finance and policy.

We hope you will join us and others in working to transform the energy landscape and secure the future of energy.

This year, we are excited to introduce the Global Energy Heroes prize. The prize focuses on young leaders (18-30) who are exemplifying passion, leadership, and innovative approach to energy transformation. The prize honors individuals (or groups) who have employed affordable, sustainable, scalable energy solutions that have significantly impacted their local communities. Three top winners will be presented with $20K cash awards at the May 2020 Forum. Prize submission opens in November.

Click here for more details about the prize.

Gain insights into rapidly transforming sectors of the global energy ecosystem from leading experts.

Learn about innovation in energy technologies and policies.

Understand the challenges and opportunities around transforming the global energy system from global leaders.

Interact with world-renowned Stanford faculty as they showcase the latest in initiative research.

Engage with peers who are advancing global energy policy and practice.

2020 Program

Without question, one of the key takeaways from the inaugural forum was the sense of urgency about transforming the energy system to meet the global challenge around carbon emissions. The 2020 program follows on that call-to-action by focusing on key energy issues such as:

Electricity Grid | Energy Storage | Efficiency, Infrastructure & Security | Finance & Markets | Hydrogen | Oil & Natural Gas | Transportation


From the DIrectors

Sally Benson and Arun Majumdar in the courtyard of the Stanford Engineering Quad.

The world is facing the dual challenge of providing access to affordable and reliable energy for improving our quality of life, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the global energy system with a sense of fierce urgency. This will require a major transformation of the global energy system, a sector worth more than $10 trillion per year.  This dual challenge also offers the biggest opportunity of the 21st century.  How businesses, nations, researchers and civic organizations seize this opportunity will impact not just our environment, but the global economy and national security.

The magnitude, speed and the nature of this energy transition is unique and unprecedented. Looking back in time for historic lessons will not guarantee future success. Solving the energy challenge will require innovations across science, engineering, business, law, finance and human behavior.  To explore, understand and appreciate these innovations, we launched the inaugural Stanford Global Energy Forum in 2018.

We hope you will join us for our second Stanford Global Energy Forum so that our current and future leaders can together explore, understand and help shape the future of energy. Read all.