Speaker's BiographyJohn Holdren
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Co-Chair, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
John Holdren is assistant to President Obama for science and technology, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and co-chairman of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Prior to joining the administration in January 2009, Holdren held dual professorships at Harvard University in the Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for 13 years. For 23 years before that, Holdren co-led the campuswide graduate-degree program in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London.