John Parsons is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches corporate finance and serves as Head of the MBA Finance Track. His research focuses on the valuation and financing of investments in energy and environmental markets, and problems of risk management. He is currently the co-Director of the MIT Energy Initiative’s Low Carbon Energy Center focused on advanced nuclear generation and a co-Director of the MIT study on the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. He was a member of the MIT Future of Solar Energy study group, the MIT Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle study group, and the MIT Future of Natural Gas study group, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the MIT Utility of the Future study. For ten years Dr. Parsons worked in the Finance Practice at the economics consulting firm CRA International, where he was a Vice-President and Principal. He worked with major international oil companies, mining companies and commodity processors, electric utilities and international pharmaceutical companies, among others on a wide variety of risk management and valuation matters. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has served on the Global Markets Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on the Scientific Council of the Chaire European Electricity Markets (CEEM) at Université Paris-Dauphine, on the Ad Hoc Expert Group for the IEA and NEA’s report on the Projected Cost of Generating Electricity, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Parsons is currently the Co-Chair of the Energy Oversight Committee at the Global Association of Risk Professionals.