ACEF 2018 Speaker

Bernie Jones

Smart Villages Research Group


Oxford, UK Bernie Jones is Director of the Smart Villages Initiative, which has for more than 6 years been looking at options for off-grid rural energy access, and more importantly, how that energy can best be harnessed innovatively to help achieve broad development goals and impacts. Bernie also manages a number of other projects in the science-policy, development and outreach areas. He was formerly Media Programme Director of Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA), and has extensive experience of working with international academies of science, as Head of International Policy at the Royal Society, Executive Director of EASAC, and interim Executive Director of the InterAcademy Panel and InterAcademy Medical Panel. Bernie has also worked elsewhere in the non-profit sector, as International Director of Shaw Trust, and in the corporate sector in a variety of roles at British Airways. Bernie is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, in Computer Science, Experimental Psychology, and Cognitive Science.


  • Session 4: Disrupt or Be Disrupted - Digital Darwinism and its Impact on Energy Systems

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