Advancing sustainable growth in the United States and China

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Dr. Kevin Mo is the Managing Director of the Paulson Institute Representative Office, in charge of climate and sustainable urbanization. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategizing and implementing climate and energy policies in both the U.S. and China, with an extensive international network of central and local governments, think tanks, NGOs, research institutes, state-owned enterprises, multinational companies, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. He is a frequent speaker on energy policies and sustainable development at international conferences and workshops.

Prior to joining the Paulson Institute, Dr. Mo was the director of the China Buildings Program with the Energy Foundation for over five years, managing a grant portfolio of building energy efficiency, green buildings, appliance energy efficiency, and non-CO2 emissions abatement. He funded policy research projects that led to the Green Building National Action Plan, revision of national residential and commercial building energy standards, revision of national green building standards, and over 40 national mandatory appliance energy efficiency standards and labels. He also supported many initiatives, including energy big-data analytics, smart energy, zero net energy buildings, low-carbon supply chain, and digital energy label enforcement.

Dr. Mo has served as a technical advisor to the U.S. team in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center’s Building Energy Efficiency Consortium and a senior advisor to the MOHURD building energy standard committee. Prior to that, he also served as director of international sustainable buildings projects and a senior specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), first in the Washington, D.C. office and then in the Beijing office. He also worked for six years as a research engineer with the NAHB Research Center in Maryland, conducting research in advanced building energy efficiency technologies and materials funded by the U.S. DOE, EPA, and HUD as well as the private sector. He managed a U.S. national energy efficiency housing award program and won the EEBA 25th Anniversary Legacy Award in 2007. He taught at Tsinghua University for three years and won the 2nd Science and Technology Progress Award from China’s Ministry of Culture in 1995 for a feasibility study on the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Mo holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree from Tsinghua University, and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University.