Xizhou Zhou, BA ‘05, MEM ‘06, believes energy can help lift people out of poverty by providing heating, electricity, and the mobility that will provide access to a more connected world. He also sees the need for a regulatory system to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the energy sector. Since graduating from Yale, Xizhou has become an expert in emerging Asia gas markets, renewable development opportunities, power market design, and energy transition and was named by Forbes as one of the “30 Under 30” young leaders in energy.
Xizhou graduated from Yale with a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus on international relations. While at Yale, he received a Summer Environmental Fellowship from EVST to work at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. where he focused on energy and transportation in developing Asian and Latin American markets and spent a term abroad studying Resource Economics and Law at the University of Cambridge. After receiving his MEM through the F&ES five-year program, he worked as a consultant on regulatory economics for Industrial Economics, Inc. in Boston and at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a predecessor company of IHS Markit.
Xizhou is currently a Managing Director of IHS Markit and heads the firm’s global power and renewables practice. He has managed energy research and consulting activities in Beijing, Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.
Next Monday, Xizhou will be giving a talk, Energy Transition in Asia: How Fast is the Pace?, at F&ES at 4:00 pm in Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall. Read his recent opinion piece in the South China Morning Post on China’s role in establishing new multilateral institutions here.
“The energy sector married two ideas that I’d always been very interested in: the relationship between development and the environment, especially when it comes to developing countries. The energy industry has an important role in lifting people out of poverty — or more specifically, energy poverty. In many parts of the world, people have no access to electricity, heating, or mobility, which impedes their ability to improve their lives. On the other hand, the energy sector is also an industry that’s responsible for a lot of the environmental problems that we have.” Xizhou Zhou
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