Henry D. (Jake) Jacoby

Henry D. (Jake) Jacoby is the William F. Pounds Professor of Management, Emeritus in the MIT Sloan School of Management and a co-founder of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The Joint Program is focused on the integration of the natural and social sciences in application to the threat of global climate change, and he is a leader of its analysis of national climate policies and the structure of the international climate regime, and of the challenge of adaptation to the change that is coming. An undergraduate mechanical engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, Professor Jacoby holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University where he also served on the faculties of the Department of Economics and the Kennedy School of Government. He has been Director of the Harvard Environmental Systems Program, Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Associate Director of the MIT Energy Laboratory, and Chair of the MIT Faculty. His career of research and analysis has been mainly in study of the economics, policy and management of energy, natural resources and environment, and he has written widely on these topics, including seven books. Appropriate to this Walden Forum discussion he was Co-Chair of the 2011 interdisciplinary study of The Future of Natural Gas. He currently serves on a U.S. National Academies Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program and as a convening lead author of the U.S. National Climate Assessment.