Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

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  • Mike Lin

    Mike Lin

    Lecturer, Change Leadership for Sustainability


    Mike Lin is an investor, engineer and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in design thinking, startups and venture capital. Mike is a Lecturer at Stanford's Doerr School of Sustainability where he teaches SUST 234: Integrative Design, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital for Sustainability

    Mike is also co-founder and General Partner at Dangerous Ventures. Dangerous invests in early-stage startups building a more sustainable and resilient future. Dangerous focuses on scalable systems-transforming solutions that empower people, the planet and society to be more resilient and thrive in a rapidly changing environment.

    He was previously a Partner at Big Idea Ventures, a climate fund investing in plant-based food and alternative protein. Prior to working in venture capital, he was Founder and CEO of Fenix International, a renewable energy and fintech startup that currently powers over 9.5 million people across nine countries. He raised over $45M in venture capital and venture debt, developed patented energy technologies and forged strategic partnerships with the world’s largest mobile telecoms including Vodafone, Orange and MTN. Fenix grew to over 350 employees and was successfully acquired in April 2018 by Engie, one of the world’s largest utilities, and continues to operate under ENGIE Energy Access.

    Mike believes that business can be a vehicle for positive change and combines his passion for social and environmental prosperity with design thinking, business strategy and new product development. He is a serial entrepreneur and worked at Makani Power (acquired by Google) and Squid Labs, a startup studio (Instructables, acquired by Autodesk). He has worked with Apple on climate change and environmental technologies, Al Gore on the “Inconvenient Truth” presentation and lectured courses on green design and entrepreneurship at Stanford and Yale.

    Mike has six patents, has received over $1.7M in grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency and UK Government, awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, Aspen Institute, BusinessWeek, and Popular Science, and has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, Wired, The Guardian and others. Mike earned an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Stanford University.

    He is an Eagle Scout, a champion Junior Olympic Archer and co-founder of the Stanford University Archery team. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors mountain biking, growing food, and cooking over an open fire.

  • Charles Litchfield

    Charles Litchfield

    Sr Assoc Dean Fin and Admin, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability - Dean's Office

    Current Role at StanfordSenior Associate Dean, Chief Operating Officer - Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

  • Mao-wei Lo

    Mao-wei Lo

    Doctor of Laws Student, Law
    Other Tech - Graduate, Center for Ocean Solutions

    BioMao-wei Lo is a J.S.D. Candidate at Stanford Law School. He received his J.S.M. (2019) from Stanford Law School; and his LL.B. (2012) and LL.M. (2015) from National Taiwan University (NTU), with the honor of 2011 and 2012 Presidential Awards (awarded to students with academic performance in the top 5% of their class). In 2016, he was also awarded a Ministry of Education Scholarship to study International Organizations and International Law.
    Before coming to Stanford, Mr. Lo served as the Senior Officer at Department of Legal Affairs, Mainland Affairs Council (Taiwan’s government agency responsible for research, planning, review, and coordination of Mainland China policies and affairs) from 2015. He also worked as Teaching Assistant at NTU College of Law and Research Assistant at Asian Center for WTO and International Health Law and Policy. In addition, he served as the Chief Editor of the Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy in 2014.
    Active in legal academia, Mr. Lo has presented at numerous conferences and seminars. His legal scholarship has appeared in journals and edited collections, including Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal, and Global Arbitration Review.