Niall Mateer, Director of CIEE’s Carbon Sequestration Research Program, manages the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB) contract, awarded by the California Energy Commission (CEC). His roles include financial and programmatic oversight and management of critical partnerships.
Until 2000, Niall was Director of Research Outreach at the University of California (UC) Office of the President. In that position, he helped oversee and develop CIEE in its early years, and worked with CIEE in its contractual relations with the CEC. He also facilitated development of a broader relationship between the CEC and the University.
Niall participated in many research initiatives throughout California during the 1990s and oversaw the administration of UC's diverse system-wide research organizations, including the UC Energy Institute, the National Institute for Environmental Change, and CIEE. He also served on the Board of the California Space Technology Alliance, promoting the California space program.
In 2000 he was appointed founding Executive Director of the University of California Trust in the United Kingdom (UK), based in his hometown of London, England. He returned to the United States in 2005 to become a consultant on university management and various venture technology projects.
Niall is an earth scientist by training and has been active in 35 countries as a researcher, as a geoscience project leader for UNESCO, and as editor of an international geological journal. He has written over 80 scientific publications. He was a founder faculty member of geology departments in Texas and in Nigeria. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) degree from Durham University in the UK and a Ph.D. from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He has had strategic business training at Stanford University and the Institute of Directors in London.