|Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist, covering developments in politics, economics, business, and technology as they relate to energy issues.Vaitheeswaran was born in Madras, India and grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut. He graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering. He started working at The Economist as an intern. After a year as a correspondent, he opened the publication’s first office in Latin America, in Mexico City. He now lives in New York City, working as the Environment and Energy Correspondent. He is in this position as of 4 April 2007.
He started working at The Economist as an intern. After a year as a correspondent, he opened the publication’s first office in Latin America, in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006 he was the Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist and from 2007 to 2011 he covered innovation and health issues.
His new book on the future of global innovation, published by Harper Collins, is “Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems”. Kirkus Reviews has called it “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.”
Vijay is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum, and a regular speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative. He teaches at NYU’s Stern Business School. He serves as chairman of the Economist’s provocative series of conferences on innovation known as the Ideas Economy.
In 2003 he published Power to the People, How the Coming Energy Revolution will Change our Lives, and maybe even Save the Planet. The book pays particular attention to alternative fuel sources, such as those used in the Tesla Roadster and plug-in hybrids. The book also examines the benefits of distributed power and smart grids. The book was reviewed by Nobel-prize winner John Holdren (currently the Chief Science Advisor to the White House) in Scientific American as “by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available.”
In 2005 he published a book Power for the People, How the Coming Energy Revolution will Change our Lives, and maybe even Save the Planet, and he is co-writing a forthcoming book on the future of the car. The book pay particular attention to alternative fuel sources, such as those used in the Tesla Roadster. He is a frequent commentator on science-policy issues on television and radio.
In 2007, he co-authored ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future, with Iain Carson. Vijay Vaitheeswaran talks about his book ZOOM in this interview with Charlie Rose.ZOOM was nominated as a finalist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year.