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Marcius Extavour

X Prize Foundation [
Vice President, Energy & Climate

Dr. Marcius Extavour is a leader and expert in innovation for climate change and the clean energy transition. As Vice President of Energy & Climate at XPRIZE Foundation he leads development and execution of the foundation’s portfolio of energy and climate change innovation programs, including the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal funded by Elon Musk, and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. His work in the private sector includes work in the electricity markets risk group at Ontario Power Generation, Nortel Networks, and the Council of Canadian Academies. Extavour has also shaped government policies and practices supportive of innovation in clean energy and critical materials as congressional AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. A widely published scientist and innovation practitioner, he serves on advisory boards at the U.S. National Academies of Science Board on Energy & Environmental SystemsUniversity of Michigan’s Global CO2 InitiativeUniversity of Ottawa’s Institute on GovernanceCarbontech Leadership Council of New York University’s Carbon to Value Program, and Neste


Dr. Extavour’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, and in video and television at PBS NOVA, BNN Bloomberg, and Bloomberg Green. He has also given talks around the world, including at SXSW Eco, the Clean Energy Ministerial, Aspen-Columbia Energy Week, Climate Week,  IHS CERAWeek, Sustainable Innovation Forum, and the Global Climate Action Summit. He was named a 2019 VERGE Vanguard Fellow as one of 20 dreamers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and others leading the clean economy. 


Dr. Extavour holds a Ph.D. and MSc. in quantum optics and atomic physics and an undergraduate degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto.