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Stanford Global Energy Forum
2020 Event Postponed

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


2020 Stanford Global Energy Forum

Accelerating Innovation for Scalable Solutions


The May 2020 Global Energy Forum has been postponed due to the uncertainties around COVID-19 (coronavirus). This was not an easy decision to make, but we feel that we need to do what is in the best interests of everyone's health and safety.  We will closely track how COVID-19 is contained and managed globally over the months ahead and will keep you informed when we identify new dates for the Forum. Please stay tuned for communications around the rescheduling of the event. If you have any questions, please contact our team at Thank you for your understanding. Stay healthy and safe!

Best Regards,

Arun Majumdar, Sally Benson, and the entire Stanford Global Energy Forum Team



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


Without question, one of the key takeaways from the 2018 inaugural forum was the sense of urgency about transforming the energy system to meet the global challenge around carbon emissions. The 2020 Global Energy Forum program follows on that call-to-action by focusing on key energy sectors such as: Electricity Grid | Energy Storage | Efficiency | Finance & Markets | Hydrogen | Innovation | Oil & Natural Gas | Transportation.

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.

The Innovation Showcase features over 30 local start-ups who exemplify the breakthrough technologies and product that are emerging from the local innovation ecosystem.

The Stanford Energy Research Open House offers attendees the opportunity to explore the latest advancements in energy research at Stanford University.

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. Prize submission opens in November.

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

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.