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Christopher Hankin

Senior Director, Environment and Sustainability

Areas of Expertise:
energy and sustainability policy

Chris joined ITI in May 2010, after spending more than 10 years as the head of the Washington, D.C., Sun Microsystems office.  Chris is primarily responsible for ITI’s policy efforts to promote government policies and practices that encourage ICT-enabled sustainable growth and clean energy innovation.  This includes both staffing ITI’s Energy and Environment Committee and serving as the Executive Director of the Digital Energy & Sustainability Solutions Campaign.

Chris holds more than 30 years experience in public policy management and advocacy.   During the Reagan Administration, Chris was Director of Legislative Affairs and an Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Trade at the Labor Department.  He moved to the State Department in 1987, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Trade Controls, and he remained at State through both the Bush Administration and for the first years of the Clinton Presidency.  Chris then spent two years on the staff of the House International Relations Committee, and three years as a lobbyist for NCR Corporation before joining Sun Microsystems.

Chris received his B.A. from Amherst College.  He resides in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife, Margrethe Ravnholt-Hankin, and has two grown sons.

Blog Posts by Christopher Hankin

  • Maximizing the Benefits of Connected Cars via Collaboration ($postCategoryName, May 09, 2014)

    Yesterday ITI, DESSC and in-novate co-hosted a connected vehicles event, “Accelerating Sustainability: Maximizing the Benefits of Connected Cars” which spoke to the amazing benefits that are coming and ...

  • Sustainability and Technology Advance Together at VERGE Boston ($postCategoryName, May 20, 2013)

    With the slogan, “Where tech meets sustainability,” GreenBiz recently held its VERGE Boston conference. Standing at the crossroads of those two sectors is DESSC, and the conference proved both informative ...

  • Transforming the World with ICT ($postCategoryName, February 02, 2012)

    I walk into Rio+2.0 with a new ITI report to cite. Let me explain.   Twenty years after 172 governments gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the first Earth Summit, governments will be reconvening this June ...

  • Preparing for RIO+20 ($postCategoryName, December 21, 2011)

    While we are a long way from knowing whether governments will be successful at negotiating a useful agreement at Rio+20, it’s clear that the US government and the US ICT industry are on the same wavelength ...

  • The Three Pillars ($postCategoryName, November 08, 2011)

    Earlier this week I had the pleasure to moderate a panel at GreenGov on the intersection between ICT innovation and sustainability. All four members of the panel, including myself, spoke on the two pillars ...

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