Noël Bakhtian

Director of Tech Acceleration

Dr. Noël Bakhtian is the Director of Tech Acceleration at the Bezos Earth Fund, leading our work in identifying high-leverage opportunities to accelerate climate change solutions.

Noël joins us from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she was the inaugural executive director of the Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center.

Over the past decade, Noël has served as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, a senior leadership team member at DOE’s $1.5B Idaho National Laboratory, and in critical roles in DOE's Office of International Affairs and Office of Wind and Water Power Technologies.

Noël serves on the Board of the nonprofit Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (QSIDE) and as a member of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) Science Committee and the National Academies Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) Board.

A first-generation American, Dr. Bakhtian earned her engineering doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and holds master's degrees from Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, where she was a Churchill Scholar. She completed her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and physics at Duke University.

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