Future Leaders to Propose Global Energy Solutions at Inaugural Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

By Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics, PRNE
Monday, May 23, 2011

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 24, 2011 -

Imagine you could travel forward in time 20 years… Did we equip future
generations with the knowledge they'll desperately need to prepare for a
soaring population, draining fossil fuels and the environmental effects of
our current high-carbon energy choices?

June 5 to 9, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the Equinox Summit:
Energy 2030 (www.equinoxsummit.org) is joining today's experts with
tomorrow's leaders to reboot the global energy dialogue and explore how
cutting-edge science and technology may advance an increasingly electrified
and low-carbon future.

A Global Roster

To work alongside pioneering scientific experts and seasoned advisors, we
have selected 18 members to participate in the Equinox Summit's Forum of
future leaders. These exceptional young people, ages 20 to 30, represent 12
different countries and vast networks that could propel limitless change in
our global community as we prepare for a sustainable future. Here is a quick
snapshot at some of our Forum members:

- Zoe Caron, Canada, whose passion for renewable energies has landed her
a spot as a Climate Policy and Advocacy Specialist at the World Wildlife Fund

- Kerry Cheung, United States, who examines the development of smart grid
technology as a Science and Technology Fellow for the American Association
for the Advancement of Science

- Felipe De Leon, Costa Rica, who has developed clean energy projects
throughout Central America as part of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development

- Jian hua Ding, China, who has drafted invaluable policy advice on
carbon emissions for the Chinese Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural

- Michael-Donovan Ezeilo, Nigeria, whose collaborative work has led to
the development of several environmental policies that became Nigerian law in

- Ayesha Masood, Pakistan, who advocates passionately for the development
of renewable energy in her country and beyond through public campaigns and
student education

- Jakob Nygard, Denmark, who has researched and analyzed environmental
and energy policy for the European Parliament

- Gita Syahrani, Indonesia, whose international legal advocacy have
allowed her to advise the Indonesian government on a national low-carbon and
clean energy investment strategy

The full list of Forum participants can be found on our website at:

Catalyzing Change through Collaboration

Through four days of intense working sessions in the spirit of open
collaboration, these next-generation leaders will work with a quorum of
scientists and a group of advisors to envision a sustainable, electrified
future coupled with a growing need to expand the capacity, increase the
resilience and security, and improve the efficiency of our energy systems.
Recommendations will be shared through the presentation of the Equinox
Communique at the end of the Summit on June 9, 2011.

About Waterloo Global Science Initiative

Founded in 2009, the non-profit Waterloo Global Science Initiative
(WGSI) is a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
and the University of Waterloo. WGSI aims to present highly focused
international conferences that can advance dialogue and catalyze the
long-range thinking necessary for scientific and technological solutions of
the future.

    For further information:
    Media contact
    RJ Taylor, WGSI Communications Liaison
    +1-519-569-7600 ext. 5371


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