Bina Venkataraman is a writer and leader who works at the intersection of social progress, emerging technology & environmental change. She currently serves as the Editor at Large of the Boston Globe. Previously, she taught in the program on science, technology, and society at MIT and served as the Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT. She is also a fellow at New America and a former journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She is the author of the book “The Optimist’s Telescope,” named a best book of 2019 by NPR.
Bina formerly served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Executive Office of President Obama, where she led efforts to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation to address climate change. During the first term of the Obama Administration, she served as senior advisor to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She was previously a journalist at the New York Times and Boston Globe covering science, the environment, and public health. Bina is an alumna of Harvard’s Kennedy School and Brown University, where she now serves on the University President’s Leadership Council. She has worked in Vietnam, Alaska, India, and Mexico and is learning to fly fish and surf.