TEDxBoston

Zeyneb Magavi

Co-Executive Director Of HEET

Zeyneb is Co-Executive Director of HEET, a nonprofit climate solutions incubator. In 2017, Zeyneb proposed a networked geothermal growth model to Massachusetts gas utilities resulting in six funded demonstration projects in MA and many more elsewhere – helping to launch a promising new decarbonization pathway. She has convened and is leading an independent research consortium to study the first gas utility installations of this innovative alternative to gas infrastructure. Zeyneb previously led HEET’s Large Volume Leak Study research, which developed and enacted a method to rapidly cut emissions from leaking gas pipes in half. Before entering the sustainability world, she led the development of multiple technological solutions to challenges in Global Health, including in South Africa, Senegal, Thailand, Brazil, and Botswana. She has been part of launching two start-ups and has worked at BBN Technologies and Harvard University. Zeyneb studied physics at Brown University and global health and sustainability at Harvard University. She is committed to creating and driving forward compassionate, multi-disciplinary and innovative solutions to the urgent challenge of climate change.To efficiently and equitably decarbonize buildings, Zeyneb designed the GeoGrid, a scalable utility-managed bidirectional ambient-temperature thermal energy network. With six installations funded – five by regulated gas utilities – she has convened an independent research consortium to maximize learning and allow data-informed optimization of the Gas-to-GeoGrid transition. Zeyneb joined HEET as research lead for the Large Volume Leak study, which identified a method to rapidly cut leaking gas pipe emissions in half and aligned gas utilities and climate advocates to drive rapid enactment of this method as regulation. Zeyneb serves as guest faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Before entering the sustainability world, Zeyneb led the development of several technological solutions to global health challenges in the developing world, including in South Africa, Senegal, Thailand, Brazil, and Botswana. She has been part of launching two start-ups and has worked at BBN Technologies and Harvard University. Zeyneb studied physics at Brown University and global health and sustainability at Harvard University. She is committed to creating and driving forward compassionate, multi-disciplinary and innovative solutions to the urgent challenge of climate change.