Paul Bunje

Dr Paul Bunje

Chief Scientist, XPRIZE

Dr Bunje comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with more than 12 years of experience in science, policy, education, and environmental leadership. He brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE where he leads the identification of solutions to the challenges facing our world’s oceans.

Prior to joining XPRIZE, Dr Bunje served as the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. He has served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an educator at science museums in California and Minnesota.

Dr Bunje is trained in biology, with a B.S. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Associate Researcher at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and continues to serve in a number of leadership roles in environment, energy, and sustainability.


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