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Stefan Heck

Research Fellow

Dr. Stefan Heck is a globally recognized business strategist, entrepreneur, author and most recently, Co-Founder and CEO of NAUTO, a company focused on solving urban mobility problems by building an information network for transportation.

His career working with some of the world’s biggest companies and public entities on improving innovation, energy, transportation, supply chain efficiency and resource economics spans 20 years.

Dr. Heck is a Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and also directs the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC); a program applying the talent of the Stanford community and Silicon Valley to develop and deploy novel solutions to the world’s most vexing energy problems. This year-long program brings together students, faculty, industry practitioners and policy-makers to collaborate, design and launch innovative projects that can be scaled and replicated. Dr. Heck is also a research fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School.

Dr. Heck is author of the acclaimed book, of “Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century” (New Harvest, 2014, together with Matt Rogers), which is being published in Chinese and Japanese this summer. He is a noted thought leader on energy, resource and transportation matters and has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Previously he was a Director (senior partner) at McKinsey and co-founded and led its Cleantech and Sustainability practice, which generated $200m in annual revenue. Dr. Heck has worked extensively with Global 100 technology, industrial, infrastructure, building systems, retail, utility and energy companies across the US, China, Korea, Japan, India, and Europe. He has counseled top executives of new businesses on disruptive technologies, scaling, and globalization. He has also served the South Korean and Canadian governments, the US Department of Energy and New York City on industrial, energy, and transport policy and economic growth. Topics Stefan has worked on in recent years include:

  • Renewables (e.g. solar, wind, waste-to-energy) and energy efficiency throughout power grids, building systems, urban areas and the manufacturing supply chain; Road transportation including electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids, batteries, motors, power electronics, freight, route optimization, and transportation systems design/congestion initiatives, managing intellectual property, facilitating joint ventures with Asian conglomerates, and low cost production;
  • M&A and cross border/global integration, including entry into China;
  • Cultivating change leaders and new general managers;
  • Led McKinsey’s Global Semiconductor Practice, including expansion to Asia.

He is an investor in disruptive technology companies such as SunEdison, SolarEdge, Zymergen and BrightSky.

He is on the Innovation Advisory Board of United Technologies, the board of the Biomimicry Institute, the advisory boards of New World Capital, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford.

Dr. Heck received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Science with honors, in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research focused on deep learning. As a Stanford undergraduate, he also founded and lead the Stanford Solar Car Project, which continues today and is recognized one of the leading sources of engineering talent for autonomous vehicle development efforts.

Follow him on Twitter: @Stefan_Heck