Kirsty Gogan

Kirsty Gogan is the founder and managing partner of LucidCatalyst and TerraPraxis, and is an internationally sought-after advisor to governments, industry, academic networks and NGOs. Kirsty is an expert who has traveled the world in support of clients, doing research and serving as a speaker on topics as diverse as nuclear energy, science communication, climate change, competitiveness and innovation at conferences and events around the world. Together with some partners, Kirsty recently co-founded Synergetic, a new technology-enabled project developer that is working to deliver large, highly standardized projects, to produce cost-competitive, clean, synthetic fuels at the scale required by a nation to replace fossil fuel use through world-class, high-volume manufacturing supply chain and 100% clean power.

Kirst has more than 15 years’ experience serving as a senior advisor to Government on climate and energy policy, including 10 Downing St, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Kirsty is also a managing partner of LucidCatalyst, a highly specialized international consultancy focused on large-scale, affordable, market-based decarbonization of the global economy. LucidCatalyst was recently commissioned to produce the widely cited Energy Technologies Institute Nuclear Cost Drivers Study, and by ARPA-E to conduct a study on Cost and Performance Requirements for Flexible Advanced Nuclear Plants in Future U.S. Power Markets.

Kirsty chairs the UK Government’s Nuclear Innovation Research and Advisory Board (NIRAB) Cost Reduction Working Group. In 2019, NIRAB recommended investment of $1.3 billion between 2021 and 2025 to boost the progress of innovation, leading to a package of measures designed to support UK net zero goals in 2020.

Kirsty’s voluntary work includes having co-founded Energy for Humanity (EFH). She serves on the Board of Nuclear Innovation Alliance, as well as Voices for Nuclear. The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has appointed her to serve on a new committee to identify opportunities and barriers to the commercialization of new and advanced nuclear energy technologies over the next 30 years.

Publications Kirsty has recently contributed to include: Advancing Nuclear Innovation: Responding to Climate Change and Strengthening Global Security (2019) as a Board member of the Global Nexus Initiative. She is a regular contributor to climate-related efforts at the IAEA, OECD-NEA and the Clean Energy Ministerial (NICE Future Initiative). She has peer-reviewed and provided expert input to the International Energy Agency Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System (2019) and IEA Energy Technology Perspectives (2020) as well as CleanTech Group’s investor report on advanced reactors in the clean energy transition (2020) and the Royal Society report on Nuclear Cogeneration: civil nuclear energy in a low carbon future (2020).

Watch Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder, Michael Liebreich interview Kirsty at Cleaning Up – Leadership in an age of climate change.


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