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Stefan Heck
Research Fellow

Biography 

Stefan Heck is a Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, teaching courses and conducting research on innovation, energy, and resource economics.

At the Steyer-Taylor Center, Stefan will link the most compelling opportunities for transformational change articulated in his new book Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century to long-term investors, including proposing designs for new investment vehicles and modification of existing ones. 

Previously he was a Director (senior partner) at McKinsey and he co-founded the Cleantech and Sustainability Transformations practices.

Stefan has worked extensively with Fortune and Global 100 technology, industrial, infrastructure, building systems, retail, utility and energy companies across the US, China, Korea, Japan, India, and Europe.

Topics Stefan has worked on in recent years include:

• Renewables including solar, wind, and waste to energy

• Road transportation from EVs, hybrids, batteries, motors, power electronics, freight, route optimization, and transportation systems design/congestion initiatives

• Entry into China, managing IP, JVs with Asian conglomerates, and shifting production to low cost countries

• Project financing, regulatory strategy, design of feed-in-tariff and other tax incentive schemes

• M&A and cross border/global integration and portfolio restructuring

• Cultivating change leaders and BU GMs, especially for new businesses or disruptive business models

• Building systems including controls, elevators, HVAC, windows, low voltage electrical systems, modular building systems, energy efficiency technologies and policy programs

• Grid infrastructure including smart meters, energy storage, distribution automation, transformers, inverters, systemic risk assessments and resiliency plans

• Lean plant operations (LED, solar, semiconductor, transformer plants), global procurement (for motors, manufacturing equipment, machining, electronic components)

• Investment strategy, due diligence, and operations transformation work for private equity, sovereign wealth funds, and government investment vehicles

Stefan is on the Innovation Advisory Board of United Technologies, the advisory board of New World Capital, and the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford.

Stefan received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research focused on neural network algorithms and the neural basis of reasoning.