Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research interests: engineering design and operation, optimization of safety and economics, planning for energy infrastructure, risk assessment, engineering code of practice, science and energy policy, data analytics research


Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) at the University of Waterloo. As the inaugural Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy (2007-2020), he has led research initiatives on accelerating energy transitions for a zero-carbon economy through systems assessments of technology, financing strategies, risk management and public policy.

Professor Nathwani, co-Directs with Prof Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) the Global Change Initiative - Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H). The consortium comprises 150+ leading STEM and social science researchers, energy access thought leaders and practitioners from 50 institutions in 30 countries committed to eradicating energy poverty by 2030.

Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector for 30 years. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector restructuring, integrated power system planning, environmental and regulatory policy developments, and research program management.
Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to energy policy, environment and risk management, including seven books. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


  • 1980, Other, P. Eng., Ontario
  • 1979, Doctorate, Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 1976, Master's, Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 1974, Bachelor's, Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto

Jatin Nathwani

University of Waterloo