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Andy Karsner is a Senior Strategist with Google [X]. His entrepreneurial leadership has been associated with both venture capital and private equity portfolios responsible for guidance and/or holdings in some of the most successful technology startups over the last decade, including Nest (Internet of things), Tesla (mobility), Recurrent (solar), Codexis (biotech). Boom (aviation) and Carbon (additive manufacturing). From 2005 to 2008, Andy served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the United States. Andy sits on several prominent boards, including Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT), Conservation International, and ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) after helping lead an historic proxy contest, as well as the advisory boards of MIT Medialab, Sandia National Lab and the Automotive X Prize. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Hoover Visiting Fellow at Stanford University. Andy is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Competitiveness, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and participant in the Bilderberg transatlantic dialogue. Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Rice University and a Master of Arts degree from Hong Kong University. Andy is a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.