Xander Slaski previously led the low-income energy services research platform at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Insititute for International Studies. The Program, launched in September 2001, focuses on international frameworks for climate change mitigation, the role of state-controlled oil and gas companies in the world's hydrocarbon markets, the emerging global market for coal, and energy services for the world's poor.
Xander's research at PESD focused on strategies to hasten development by finding methods to more effectively provide energy services in developing countries. A major research focus was on micro-level development and household energy, such as how to connect the rural poor to electricity and improved cooking methods. His broader research interests include the impact of political forces and institutions on development.
Mr. Slaski holds a B. A. from Stanford University in Economics and International Relations, and completed his honors thesis as part of the Goldman honors program in environmental science, technology, and policy. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.