Deeana Ahmed

Deeana Ahmed, PhD is the Chief Strategy Officer at Our Next Energy (ONE). Through ONE’s energy storage technology, Dr. Ahmed aims to help build a foundation for the widespread adoption and accessibility to alternative energy sources. She also assesses market needs and how to scale renewable energy. Dr. Ahmed helped ONE secure funding from major investors, including BMW i Ventures and Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Dr. Ahmed spearheaded ONE’s search for its first North American battery factory and has facilitated partnerships with a variety of businesses and non-profits across the country.

Dr. Ahmed was recently appointed to President Biden’s inaugural 21st Century Energy Workforce Advisory Board. The 14-member group includes individuals with workforce development, labor, and energy sector expertise and will develop strategic recommendations for how DOE can support and develop a skilled energy workforce to meet the changing needs of the U.S. energy system.

Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and nutrition from Columbia University, an MSc and MPH in policy from Tufts University, and a BS from the University of Michigan. Deeana is a published researcher and policy analyst who has conducted large policy evaluations for the NYC Department of Education, managed grants for a Silicon Valley non-profit, and owns and operates a start-up education technology firm. Deeana is an alumnus of the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, where she led the development of the nationally and globally ranked solar car, InfiniUM’s battery pack.

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