The Project Team

The New Climate Economy (NCE) project is led by Programme Director Helen Mountford. The project team is headquartered in London, with members located in the partner institutes in Addis Ababa, Beijing, New Delhi, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm and Washington DC.  

The Team

Milan Brahmbhatt

Milan Brahmbhatt is Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and leads the work of the Country Transitions workstream.  Before joining the New Climate Economy, Milan worked at the World Bank, as Senior Adviser to the Vice President of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, dealing with a wide range of macroeconomic and structural policy issues, including the economics of climate change and sustainable growth. Milan holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Barbara Buchner

Barbara Buchner is Senior Director of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and head of CPI Europe. Based in Venice, Barbara leads CPI’s work stream on global climate finance. Her work focuses on international climate finance to address the question of whether it is adequate and productive. Within the New Climate Economy, she leads CPI’s contribution on the effectiveness of policies to trigger investment. Prior to joining CPI, Barbara worked as Senior Energy and Environment Analyst at the International Energy Agency, where she focused on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of market-based mechanisms and of other policy approaches to greenhouse gas mitigation. When she’s not working, she enjoys travelling and reading. Barbara has a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and an MSc in Economics from the joint Economics and Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Graz and University of Technology of Graz. Follow her on: LinkedIn.

Tan Copsey

Tan Copsey is the Head of Communications for the New Climate Economy. He has previously worked for BBC Media Action as well as the global environmental non-profit chinadialogue and the third pole project, online political magazine openDemocracy and The University of Auckland, New Zealand. During his time at BBC Media Action, he managed research, wrote reports, and helped develop communications for Climate Asia - the largest ever study of people's experience of climate change in seven countries – Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. Tan has written extensively on the international politics of climate change for publications including The Guardian: Comment is free, The Guardian Weekly and openDemocracy. Other highlights include reports on China’s transition to a low-carbon economy and giving the keynote address opening Climate Communications Day during international climate negotiations in Doha, 2012.

Jill Crenshaw

Jill Crenshaw is the Administrative Coordinator for The New Climate Economy project where she provides support for Helen Mountford, assists in travel planning, creates and monitors expense reports, and performs other administrative duties. Prior to joining the NCE team, Jill previously worked for the Corporation for National and Community Service where she organized and ran grant reviews for federal funding. Jill lives in Washington, D.C. and enjoys hiking, mystery novels, and all kinds of pasta. Jill attended Rhodes College where she received a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies and Religious Studies.

Christopher Delgado

Christopher Delgado is a Sr. Fellow at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., where he works on the interactions among climate change, agriculture, and food security. He is the workstream lead for Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Change for the New Climate Economy. Previously, he was Economics and Policy Adviser in the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank, and led the Department’s Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Policy Practice. He was the founding Program Manager of both the Bank’s internal Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) and the G20-requested Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP). GFRP and GAFSP between them have to date allocated US$2.5 billion through approximately 100 food-related projects in the world's poorest countries, the majority on a grant basis. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was director of the Markets Theme at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya (2003-2006), and spent 26 years as a researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and co-authored a half-dozen books and over 100 professional papers in a number of languages.

Ian de Cruz

Ian de Cruz is Research Director for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, responsible for developing the overall research strategy and intellectual framework for the work of the Commission and its flagship project, the New Climate Economy.  This role requires working closely with the Programme Director, Global Commission, research partners and Economic Advisory Panel.  Ian has a diverse professional background including previous roles as Project Director of the Garnaut Climate Change Review in Australia and Head of Climate Change Response for an international development organisation, World Vision.  Ian enjoys travelling, eating and spending time with his young family.  Ian started life as a barrister and has a MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management and BCom (majoring in accounting and finance) and LLB from University of Western Australia.

Graham Floater

Graham Floater is EGC Director and Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He leads the Cities Work Programme for NCE. Formerly, he was a senior advisor to the UK Prime Minister, a deputy director at the UK Treasury and a lead trade negotiator for the European Commission in the WTO. Graham has a BA in natural science from Oxford, a postgraduate degree in economics from Cambridge, and a PhD in population risk modelling.

Jana Frejova

Jana Frejova is a Research Associate at the New Climate Economy based in London. Working in the energy work stream, she focuses on the development of a financial and regulatory framework supporting a transition to a low-carbon economy. Jana joined NCE from Brussels where she worked for Statoil, a major energy player, supporting Statoil's senior management in advocacy for ambitious EU climate and energy policies. Prior to this, she worked for the International Emissions Trading Association analysing the developments in EU's energy policy and its interface with the EU ETS. An avid runner, Jana also enjoys travelling and was recently given an ultimatum to learn to cook. Jana has an LLB from University of Warwick, an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University College London and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Finance for Graduates from LSE. 

Ipek Gencsu

Ipek Gencsu is Research and Engagement Coordinator at the New Climate Economy. Her main responsibilities are project managing and conducting research for the Commission's 2015 Report, and supporting NCE's priority country engagement. Her previous work experience includes climate change, migration and gender justice research and advocacy at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in London, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI, Paris), and at Oxfam International in New York. She has also campaigned for Oxfam in the US and UK on climate and food justice. Ipek has an MSc in Political Theory and a BSc in Philosophy and Economic, both from the LSE, and a Certificate in Global Philanthropy from NYU. She has been a lead singer of the LSE Philosophy Department Rock'n'Roll Band, The Critique of Pure Rhythm, since 2008.

Nick Godfrey

Nick Godfrey is the Head of Policy and Urban Development for the New Climate Economy. Nick was the coordinating author of the cities chapter of the Commission’s recently launched report in partnership with LSE Cities. An economist by background, Nick has over ten years’ experience in the public and private sectors providing strategic and economic advice in relation to responding to climate change, resource scarcities, and catalysing economic development. Nick is on sabbatical from his position in the Atkins futures team, which provides leading thinking on the future of cities. Prior to this Nick worked at the Department for International Development (DFID) supporting the climate change negotiations and the design of the UK’s International Climate Fund, as well as for the Government of Guyana leading a team to develop its national economic development strategy.  

Nick holds a first class honours in economics from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in development economics for which he was awarded the Dehn Prize for outstanding academic achievement by the University of Manchester. In his spare time Nick loves to spend time with his new baby daughter Eva, travel, scuba dive, and play squash.

Miyuki Hino

Miyuki Hino is a Research Associate at the New Climate Economy, where she explores and analyzes climate-related policies. She supports the research and engagement teams in developing, tailoring, and communicating NCE’s key messages. Miyuki comes to the New Climate Economy from adaptation consulting at ICF International, working with development organizations to increase climate resilience in communities around the world. In her free time, she loves playing and watching soccer. Miyuki holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is Senior Adviser to the New Climate Economy, responsible for supporting the Program Director and management team on overall strategy. He is Visiting Professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, and in the School of Public Policy at University College London, and Senior Adviser at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris. He was formerly Special Adviser to UK Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown. An economist, he has written extensively on environmental economics and politics.

Per Klevnäs

Per Klevnäs is a Senior Project Manager at the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is an energy economist with a decade’s experience in research and advisory in the fields of energy economics, climate and energy policy and regulation, energy markets, and economic analysis and appraisal. He joins SEI most recently from McKinsey & Company. Per has particular expertise in the design and analysis of energy markets and policy instruments for resource efficiency and emissions reductions. He has helped national governments and international institutions design energy market regulation as well as programmes for emissions trading, energy efficiency policy, and support for renewable energy. Per also has worked extensively with private sector clients, helping industrial and energy companies across the EU, US and internationally understand the impact of climate and energy developments on their markets and business strategy.

Austin Morton

Austin Morton is the Communications Manager at the New Climate Economy, responsible for web and social media engagement. He works to ensure our online presence increases our reach, delivers consistent messages about the project, and communicates NCE research in compelling ways. Prior to joining NCE, Austin was a Senior Associate at International Resources Group where he helped development practitioners share their successes and engage development communities with best practices to strengthen outcomes. He loves to travel and when off the clock, plots his next adventure. Austin has a BA in Political Science and a BA in International Relations from American University. Follow him on: LinkedIn.

Helen Mountford

Helen Mountford is the Director of Economics at WRI and incoming Global Programme Director for the New Climate Economy project. She previously worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she worked for over 16 years as an environmental economist advising governments on policy reforms. She oversaw and contributed to OECD work on green fiscal reform, climate change finance and economics, fossil fuel subsidies, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, and economy-environment outlooks and modelling. Prior to joining the OECD, Helen managed recycling schemes in England and worked for an NGO in Australia. Helen holds Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne. She has a BA in Philosophy and History.

Nathalie Nathe

Nathalie is the Engagement Coordination Officer at the New Climate Economy. In this role, Nathalie ​supports the planning, prioritization and implementation ​of NCE's Phase II strategy and consultation activities. She works closely with senior representatives of the Global Commission, research institutes and partner organisations in setting up high-level bilaterals, global events and research support. Her focus is on business engagement.​ ​Previously, Nathalie worked at the Global Green Growth Institute where she managed three of their projects in the organisation's green growth research and practice division. These were: the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (co-founded with UNEP, OECD and the World Bank), the Green Growth Best Practice (co-founded with ECF and CDKN), and the New Industrial Revolution, a joint-project with LSE's Grantham Research Institute on climate change and the environment. Prior to that Nathalie worked across a number of projects and partnerships at Forum for the Future with companies such as Unilever and Barclays. Nathalie holds a Masters of Science in Strategic Planning, Leadership and Sustainability and an Undergraduate degree from UCL. 

Philipp Rode

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and for NCE co-directs the work stream on cities. For over 10 years, he has been leading interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance and policy, transport, city planning and urban design. Recently, this included the coordination of the green cities work for the United Nations Environment Programme's Green Economy Initiative. Philipp obtained an MSc in City Design and Social Science at LSE, and earlier, a degree as Graduate Engineer in Transport Planning and Management at Technical University Berlin.

Filippo Rodriguez

Filippo Rodriguez is the Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at the New Climate Economy. He manages partnerships with governments, international organizations and global decision-makers by driving relationship management and coordinating consultation activities with NCE stakeholders. He has over eight years of experience working for the United Nations, the European Commission and the Government of Italy in several countries across the globe. Filippo holds master degrees in Political Science and International Affairs, and is currently earning a diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility. Other than his native Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and is now learning Bosnian. Filippo loves to cook on weekends, play tennis and read about history. 

James Rydge

James Rydge is the Lead Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. James was lead author of the Economics of Change chapter of the Global Commission's Better Growth, Better Climate report, released on 16 September 2014. Prior to joining the Global Commission, James was the Dahrendorf Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In this role he worked closely with Lord Nicholas Stern, collaborating across a wide range of research areas, including on the economics of the low-carbon transition. James has a PhD in Economics and a Master’s in Finance from the University of Sydney. Previously, he worked at the Bank of New York Mellon in London and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney.

Beth Sullivan

Beth Sullivan is the Grants and Finance Coordinator for the New Climate Economy, responsible for program finances and compliance as well as contractual agreements. Prior to joining the New Climate Economy, she worked as a Program Officer for the Eurasia Foundation, where she oversaw operations for projects focused on civil society in Russia. Beth has a Master’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a BA in History and Russian language from Goucher College.

Xiao Zhao

Xiao Zhao is the Program Analyst at the New Climate Economy, responsible for ensuring the quality and reliability of the core-data sets. She also supports the Chief of Staff in managing project operations and supports the Communication team on Chinese language media. Prior to joining NCE, Xiao was interning at Low Carbon Lab at Tsinghua University, where she helped build a CDM database. She likes to solve math and logic puzzles. Xiao has a BA in Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley and an MSc in Mathematics and Finance from Imperial College.