Paul Bunje


XPRIZE - Principal & Senior Scientist, Energy & Environment


Quick Bio

Paul Bunje is a global thought leader in bringing innovation to solve environmental grand challenges. Paul leads Energy & Environment prizes at XPRIZE, where he brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society in work that includes leading the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE and the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.

Paul is also the co-founder of Conservation X Labs, an organization that brings innovation to global conservation threats. He 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. Paul is trained in biology, with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Paul serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Oceans. In 2013, AAAS selected Paul as one of 40 individuals that exemplify the thousands of AAAS Science Policy Fellows dedicated to applying science to society.

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