M.E.M. ’06 believes that the energy sector can help lift more of the world’s 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 robust regulatory system to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the energy sector. These impacts are immediately apparent in the city where Zhou works, Beijing, which is confronting rampant air pollution.
Since graduating from F&ES, Zhou has worked on both the regulatory and industry sides of energy issues, including as director of the China-based research team for IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
(CERA), an international consulting firm. In 2011, he was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30”
up-and-comers in the energy sector.
The following is an edited version of an interview with Zhou.
What is your main focus at IHS CERA?