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Carolyn Szum

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Program Manager with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Full Biography

Carolyn Szum is a Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with 17 years of experience leading U.S.-China bilateral and U.S.-Southeast Asia regional initiatives on clean energy. 

She currently provides senior management and leadership for an international, multi-disciplinary, scientific research center on buildings and leads research on building performance benchmarking and climate finance. In 2020, she was awarded an R&D 100 Award and a Berkeley Lab Director's Award in Technology Transfer for advancing the science of data-driven, remote building energy analysis to improve building energy efficiency at speed and scale worldwide. In 2019, she was earned a Keeling Curve Prize Honorable Mention for her innovative work in climate finance. Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, Ms. Szum was a Lead Managing Consultant at ICF International (ICF). While there, she served as Deputy Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) U.S.-China Sustainable Buildings Partnership (SBP) and Project Lead for the USAID Energy Efficiency and Clean Development Program (EECDP) in Southeast Asia. She also led the mid-term evaluation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) China Utility-based Energy Efficiency 3 (CHUEE) program; oversaw ICF involvement in the World Bank/Global Environment Facility (CEG) Urban-Scale Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project; managed the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) Sustainable Building Operations Program; and supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) domestic and international building energy efficiency programs, ENERGY STAR and eeBuildings.

Ms. Szum has led projects in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand and served on the Hong Kong Business Environment Council and as Co-Chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program Energy Efficient Building Design Working Group. She has an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and Business, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Colby College. She has studied Chinese at Middlebury College and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan as a Rotary Scholar and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.