Hervé Touati is Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He focuses his work on disruptive business models and technologies in the electricity sector and mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by large corporations, such as the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and the Sunshine for Mines initiatives. is also Chairman of Black Bear Energy (BBE), a for-profit spin-off of RMI acting as an owner's representative for Real Estate Investment Trusts in distributed energy. Outside RMI, he is an advisor to Greentech Capital Advisors and cleantech startups in Europe and North America. Touati held several senior positions at E.ON, Germany's leading utility. He was global MD of the solar and biomass businesses at E.ON Climate & Renewables. He founded and was the first CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, E.ON's distributed energy business. E.ON received the prize of "Best European Greentech Company" in 2013 for his work. Earlier, Touati served as a leading expert for the energy sector with McKinsey & Co. He received a M.S. in Mathematics from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. In his early engineering career, he authored more than 20 technical papers, was recipient of one IEEE Best Paper Award and one US patent.