The Project Team
The New Climate Economy (NCE) project is led by Programme Director Jeremy Oppenheim. 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.
Felipe Benitez is the Director of External Relations and Strategic Communications of the New Climate Economy project. He brings more than ten years of experience in strategic communications to WRI. Through his prior work with leading organizations like United Way Worldwide, Fenton Communications and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, he has mastered the use of sophisticated traditional and digital tools to enhance and protect the reputations of organizations, governments, brands, and companies. Felipe has designed and implemented communications and outreach strategies for advocacy campaigns worldwide, from protecting the fundamental rights of indigenous groups in the Amazon, fighting climate change to helping protect the rights of immigrants in the United States.
Nicholas Bianco is a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute. He manages Washington D.C. operations for the New Climate Economy, and helps coordinate the Country Transitions workstream. Previously Nicholas led WRI’s efforts with U.S. states and U.S. federal agencies as they work together and in parallel to develop programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to joining WRI, he worked with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on climate change and air quality programs. While there, he assisted with the design and implementation of market-based air quality and climate change programs, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a CO2 cap-and-trade program adopted by 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Nicholas Bianco holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University, and a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from Muhlenberg College.
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 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.
Hin Hei Chan (Haily)
Hin Hei Chan (Haily) is an intern of the innovation policy work stream at the New Climate Economy. She conducts research on the impact of government policy on innovation technologies. Her work helpsgenerate historical case studies that will deliver practical policy recommendations. Prior to the current internship, Haily interned at a Hong Kong gas company supporting corporate environmental responsibility, and also worked at Greenpeace during her bachelor studies. She loves travelling and being inspired by people from different cultural backgrounds. She has a BSc in Science from the University of Hong Kong and is currently enrolled in an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Sarah Chapman is the Chief of Staff for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, responsible for operations across the work of the Commission and its flagship project, the New Climate Economy. Previously, Sarah was Director and Head of Business Development at Climate Bridge in Australia, an international business that finances renewable energy projects in China via international carbon markets. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she focused on climate finance and policy. Sarah enjoys exploring the world by bicycle, and has cycled both the length of the UK and across Europe. Sarah holds a Masters of Mathematics and a BA in Mathematics, both from the University of Cambridge. Follow her on: LinkedIn.
Ben Combes is a co-principal on the New Climate Economy with John Llewellyn, working on the macroeconomic programme. Ben has over ten years’ experience working in economics, strategy, and policy. An experienced macroeconomist, he also has extensive environmental economics expertise, across both public and private sectors. Ben spent four years in the UK Government Economic Service working on macro themes: first, on energy and environment at Defra; then on climate change at the UK Committee on Climate Change with Adair Turner (Chair). Before that, he spent three years at macroeconomic consultancies: GFC Economics with Graham Turner, analysing G8 economies; and Oxford Economics. More recently, he led a strategic review of the Civil Aviation Authority’s environmental role for Andrew Haines (CEO). Ben started at Deloitte in audit and advisory. He holds an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London. Ben directs work on a number of macro themes, notably demographics, energy, and technology.
Tan Copsey is Senior Communications Manager 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.
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 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.
Linda Gillespie is Executive Assistant to Jeremy Oppenheim at the New Climate Economy. She is responsible for the management of Jeremy's dynamic schedule and provides a critical link between the CEO, key high level executives and the NCE team, supporting the implementation of NCE initiatives. Prior to that she was at McKinsey & Co after 18 months of travelling through South America and Thailand. Hailing from Australia, she has had careers in world music management, urban health retreats and the casino industry. Other than her interest in the environment and forest and reef conservation, she is passionate about food and health and runs a fledgling business as a health coach and a shiatsu therapist.
Nick Godfrey is a senior economist for the New Climate Economy, where he leads the coordination of the cities workstream examining the costs and benefits of climate action in cities. Nick has over ten years’ experience providing strategic and economic advice in relation to responding to climate change, resource scarcities, and catalysing economic development. He is on sabbatical from his position on the Atkins futures team, which provides leading thinking on the future of cities, including authoring a major global report on Future Proofing Cities with the UK Government and University College London and endorsed by the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation. Nick joined Atkins in April 2011 from the Department for International Development (DFID) where he provided advice on avoided deforestation and low carbon development for the climate change negotiations and supported design of the UK’s £2.9 billion International Climate Fund. 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.
Lucy Godshall is the policy innovation intern for the New Climate Economy in their London office, researching water technology policy in Israel and Singapore. Her past work experience includes LED technology and solar energy. She is currently pursuing her masters degree at the London School of Economics in Environmental Economics and Climate Change. Lucy completed her undergraduate education in economics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Outside of school and work, she enjoys yoga, sushi-making and skiing.
Stefan Heck is jointly leading the Innovation Workstream with Cathy Zoi at the New Climate Economy. Stefan is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University teaching innovation and energy economics. He has worked for 23 years on scaling disruptive technology and business model innovations. He founded McKinsey’s global cleantech practice and over the last decade served energy, industrial, and technology companies all over the world, helping them design, launch, and scale businesses in solar, energy storage, EVs, building systems (controls, elevators, HVAC), smart grid, and industrial automation. Stefan also led work for governments and NGOs on energy and climate strategies and policies, ranging in scale from cities to national strategies and preparations for the UN COP negotiations. In the early 1990s he founded a web design company and built Apple’s first product website. Stefan has a BS in Symbolic Systems (Honors) from Stanford and a PhD from UC-San Diego in Philosophy and Cognitive Science.
Kimberly Henderson is a Senior Programme Officer with the New Climate Economy, responsible for coordinating the innovation research. She works to ensure NCE's innovation research is delivered and appropriately communicated, coordinating a team of experts and researchers across Stanford, Imperial College, the London School of Economics and the Global Green Growth Institute. Prior to joining NCE, Kimberly was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, based in São Paulo, Brazil and working with clients across four continents. She loves languages, and is continually working to improve her Portuguese, Spanish, French, and most recently German. Kimberly has a BSc in Economics and Politics, and a MSc in Environment and Development.
Cameron Hepburn is Senior Advisor at the New Climate Economy, providing economic and strategic advice. He is Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford and Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE, and he brings academic expertise and experience in climate economics. Cameron wrote two background research papers for the Stern Review, and has co-founded three companies in the energy/environment/economics area, most recently Aurora Energy Research. He enjoys bush walking, cycling, swimming, music, and spending time with his family. Cameron has a DPhil (PhD) and MPhil in Economics from Oxford and a BEng and LLB from the University of Melbourne. Visit his website http://www.cameronhepburn.com and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Gaetan Hinojosa is a part-time intern on the New Climate Economy, working on innovation policies in the area of smart grids and smart meters. His responsibilities include conducting research and assisting with the production of the final report. Before joining the NCE team, Gaetan was a consultant in the investment banking sector and held positions at the U.N. and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He enjoys travelling to distant places and sometimes spends a lot of time watching TED talks. Gaetan holds an M.Sc. in Physics from the University of London and received a full scholarship to undertake a master’s degree in environmental and development economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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.
Robert Kirchner is a Programme Analyst at the New Climate Economy, co-responsible for the macroeconomics workstream of the project. He coordinates research projects among our research partners and contributes to delivering working papers analyzing macroeconomic impacts of a low carbon structural transformation. Prior to joining the project, Robert was a Junior Consultant at the African Development Bank where he contributed to the African Development Report that outlines the economic narrative for green growth in Africa and helped to include green growth in the operations of the Bank. He loves to run, preferably some middle distance runs with challenging obstacles. Robert holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
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.
Jan Ivar Korsbakken
Jan Ivar Korsbakken is the Senior Programme Officer for the Energy workstream at the New Climate Economy. He coordinates energy-related work at NCE, and carries out research on the impact and economics of different energy mixes and policy measures in the power sector. Before joining NCE, Jan Ivar worked as a management consultant at the Oslo office of McKinsey & Company where he served clients on a wide range of topics including IT- and telecom-related cost savings, and cost-benefit analyses for CO2 emissions reduction measures. Outside work, his favorite activities are cross-country skiing, programming, and reading on a variety of subjects from linguistics to paleontology. Jan Ivar has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Oslo. Follow him on: LinkedIn.
Marientina Laina is the Program Analyst for the innovation policies stream at the New Climate Economy. She coordinates a team of junior researchers from the London School of Economics and makes sure that recommendations on public innovation policies are derived and well elaborated. Before joining NCE, Marientina was a Consultant at the International Atomic Energy Agency, where she focused on different aspects of innovative nuclear energy systems, such as their economic competitivenes, environmental impact, and potential to work as hybrid systems, combined with renewables, for enhancing energy supply. Marientina has an MSc on Environmental Technologies and International Affairs from Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and Vienna University of Technology and a BSc in International and European Economic Studies from Athens University of Economics and Business. She enjoys learning different kinds of dancing, and especially experimenting with fusion of jazz with latin or oriental features.
John Llewellyn is a co-principal on New Climate Economy, working on the macroeconomic programme. Before co-founding Llewellyn Consulting, John was Global Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Policy Advisor, at Lehman Brothers. This followed 17 years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where variously he was Head of International Forecasting and Policy Analysis, editor of the OECD Economic Outlook, Deputy Director for Social Affairs, Manpower and Education, and finally Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General. Prior to that he spent nearly ten years at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge, and he was also a Fellow of St. John’s College. In 1974 he was appointed Assistant Director of Research in the Faculty of Economics. He received his undergraduate degree at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and his doctorate at the University of Oxford.
Christoph Mazur is a researcher working on the Transformation of Transport within the Innovation Workstream at the New Climate Economy. Chris is a PhD researcher of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, and also a Climate-KIC PhD student. His research on socio-technical systems looks at sustainable transitions in the transport sector, and especially the transition from fossil fuel based cars to hybrid, electric or fuel cell vehicles. Before that he worked as Manufacturing Engineer for Daimler Buses North America and recently finished a fellowship at the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology in Demand-Side Response. Chris has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration (RWTH Aachen) as well as Industrial Design (Ecole Centrale Paris). Follow him on: LinkedIn.
Austin Morton is the Junior 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 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.
Poorva Puri is an Innovation Intern at the New Climate Economy Project, responsible for researching policy on innovation. She works on technology in India and prepares presentations on innovation policy for India. She is currently studying an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick. She enjoys reading literary fiction and exploring London.
Adriana Quintero is the Senior Communications Manager at the New Climate Economy, responsible for stakeholder engagement. As a project with global outreach and appeal, it is imperative for NCE to socialize and consult a wide range of groups and ensure their input in the research and final findings of the report. Prior to joining NCE, Adriana had extensive international stakeholder engagement experience in both private and government sectors, including Cerrejon in Colombia, UKTI in Mexico and Henkel in Germany helping various projects in their international outreach and communications with multiple stakeholders. Having lived in fourteen countries, her passion is cooking and is currently exploring the culinary delights of UK and Spain. Adriana has a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College.
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.
Daniel Russo is an intern at the New Climate Economy, responsible for innovation policy research and analysis. He works on case studies related to high speed rail and its implication for future sustainable infrastructure policy. Prior to joining NCE, Daniel was an emerging markets finance analyst at Barclays Capital in New York, with a focus on Latin America. He enjoys reading and coffee, and can generally be found combining the two in his spare time. Daniel is currently pursuing his MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics.
James Rydge is a Senior Programme Officer at the New Climate Economy, working on the Economic Pathways research programme. Prior to joining NCE, 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 in developed and developing countries. 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.
Aparna Singh is an Associate at the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. She is responsible for coordinating the production of visual communication material across the seven workstreams of the New Climate Economy project. She works to ensure quality and integrity of visuals, particularly owning the bank of the project's PowerPoint slides. Previously, Aparna was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked on a range of sustainability projects such as researching the economic value of oceans and designing a green investment bank from scratch. Aparna enjoys hot yoga, swimming, exploring new cultures and hiking. She holds a BA in Economics & Management from Oxford University and is looking forward to starting an MBA at Harvard in August this year. Follow her on: LinkedIn.
Li Tang is the Innovation Policy Intern at the New Climate Economy, responsible for researching how Chinese government's policies have supported the electric vehicle technology. She works to produce a qualified presentation and assist the team to develop a more comprehensive understanding of innovation. Li is also studying for her masters degree at London School of Economics and Political Science in Management and Human Resources program. Before coming to the UK, she worked in China for two years. She likes cooking Szechuan Cuisine and sharing the spicy taste with her friends.
Daniele Viappiani is Senior Programme Officer at the New Climate Economy, where he is contributing directly to the research on Drivers of Growth while also helping to ensure the overall research programe is sound, relevant and communicated clearly. Daniele is seconded from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, where he works as senior economist on International Climate Change. Prior to joining NCE, Daniele held a number of positions on climate change and food security at the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, including as head of the UK government research programme on climate change adaptation. He loves cooking and speaks fluent Italian and Spanish. Daniele has an MPA from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University.
Thomas Vladeck is a Senior Programme Officer at the New Climate Economy project, responsible for coordinating the Finance workstream. He works with Climate Policy Initiative, one of NCE's research partners, and helps to manage their global research efforts and to liaise between CPI and NCE and other partner institutions. Prior to joining NCE, Tom was an entrepreneur and led an energy efficiency finance startup; in the past Tom has led the development of a major research publication and worked in carbon finance. Tom loves travel, rock climbing, and photography. Tom has an MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Mathematics from Pomona College. Follow him on: LinkedIn, Twitter, and his blog http://tomvladeck.com.
Dimitri Zenghelis is Acting Chief Economist for New Climate Economy, providing a rigorous and fit-for-purpose application of the economics toolkit to analyse the diverse dynamic challenges at hand. He is also joint Head of Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was one of the authors of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. Dimitri was educated at Oxford and Bristol University, is an artist and published photographer, and despite being born with two left feet, he enjoys rock-climbing, skiing, and advanced nitrox scuba diving.
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.
Cathy Zoi is jointly leading the Innovation Workstream with Stefan Heck at the New Climate Economy. Cathy is overseeing research into how innovation in energy, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, materials and software can both stimulate economic growth and result in significant greenhouse gas reductions. Cathy is currently a Consulting Professor at Stanford University and has been a senior executive in both the private and public sectors, including the US DOE where she was Assistant and Under Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration, with a portfolio of over $30 billion of energy investments. Cathy has a BS in Geology (Hons) from Duke University and an MS in Resource Systems from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.