Scientific Committee Co-chairs

 
 
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Michael Mehling

Deputy Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Mehling is Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde. Previously, Michael was founding President of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, and held research and teaching appointments at Georgetown University and the Universities of Greifswald, Helsinki and Constance. In these roles, he has coordinated research and provided policy advice for government agencies, corporations, and civil society organizations in North America, Europe, and the developing world. Michael is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly Carbon & Climate Law Review, an Associate Researcher with the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the Board of Directors of both the International Union for Conservation of Nature – United States (IUCN-US) and Ecologic Institute in Berlin and Washington DC.

 
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Andrei Marcu

Senior Fellow at the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development and Director of the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition

Mr. Marcu has been one of the corporate sector pioneers in the area of climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) markets and related areas on sustainable development. Since 1993, Mr. Marcu has been actively involved in many areas of climate change related initiatives, including as Chief Executive Officer of BlueNext. Mr. Marcu joined Mercuria Energy in September 2009 in the role as Head of Regulatory Affairs, Environment and Climate Change.

Mr. Marcu was the Founder and President and CEO of International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a world-class business association with offices in Geneva, Brussels, Washington and Ottawa. He acted as Senior Managing Director of the Word Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in charge of Energy and Climate and as Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Mr. Marcu was also a Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Emissions Trading at Bennett Jones LLP in Canada.

 

Scientific Committee Members

 
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Susanne Åkerfeldt

Senior Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Sweden

Susanne Åkerfeldt has a solid background in senior policy making at Governmental level. As a Senior Adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, she has more than 20 years’ experience of managing projects on policy design in the area of energy and environment, seeking solutions and compromises in a politically sensitive environment nationally and at EU level. Her key focus is to ensure the use of cost-efficient policy measures on the road towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient society. She is working closely with the political level in analyzing and drafting various proposals in the annual national budget negotiations as well as developing the Government’s strategic plans and work programs. She has been instrumental in fine-tuning the design of the Swedish carbon tax since the 1990s and has been a team leader of energy and climate taxation projects within the Swedish Government Offices since 2001. She serves as Sweden’s lead EU negotiator on energy and climate taxation issues and has worked extensively at EU-level to improve and coordinate the design of EU tax and state aid legislation to better reflect the Polluter Pays Principle and encouraging Member States to increasingly use environmental taxes. In a broader international context she has presented and debated carbon tax experiences before the UN Tax Committee and the COP conferences on climate under the UNFCC, as well as participated in a number of international conferences.   Susanne received her law degree from the University of Uppsala and worked as a judge at different courts in Sweden before starting her career at the Ministry of Finance.

 
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William Acworth

International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)

William has close to a decade experience working in climate and energy policy, spread across public, private and academic institutions. Currently, he works for the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), where he leads technical research programs as well as ICAP’s capacity building activities.  Prior to joining ICAP, William worked as a Research Associate in the Climate Policy team at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). While there, he was responsible for range of international projects that assessed emissions trading in Europe and abroad. Before relocating to Berlin, William held positions with ACIL Allen, a leading Australian economics and public policy consulting firm, and the Australian Bureau for Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES). He has published in top ranking Environmental Economic Journals, research working papers as well as confidential reports for public and private sector clients. William holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance and a Bachelor of Resource Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney

 
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Maosheng Duan

Director, China Carbon Market Center, Tsinghua University

Prof. DUAN Maosheng is the director of China Carbon Market Center (CCMC) of Tsinghua University. He has been working on carbon market since 2000 and a member of the Chinese climate delegation since 2001, responsible for issues related to market-based mechanisms. He has been a member or an alternate of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board since 2010 and served as chair of the board in 2012. As one of the major advisers to the Chinese government on carbon market issues, Mr. Duan has been intensively involved in the design and operation of China’s domestic carbon market, including the clean development mechanism, voluntary emission reduction, as well as pilot and the national emissions trading systems. One of his latest assignments is to coordinate the design of the framework of China’s national emissions trading system.

 
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Ottmar Edenhofer

Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin and Deputy Director as well as Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In 2012, he was appointed director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). From 2008 to 2015, Ottmar Edenhofer served as Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shaping the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change Mitigation. He is member of several high-level commissions, ranked by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung repeatedly among the 15 most influential economists in Germany, published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals and authored various books. He frequently contributes to major media publications such as DIE ZEIT, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

 
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Rachael Jonassen

Director, Greenhouse Gas Management Program, The George Washington University

Dr. Jonassen advised the Department of Energy as it established the federal greenhouse gas reporting program, and led development of greenhouse gas inventories for multiple federal agencies. Rachael also co-authored protocols for greenhouse gas accounting and assessment of mitigation goals. At the National Science Foundation, she directed basic research on the global carbon cycle, coordinated international efforts in carbon cycle research for the US Global Change Research Program, and helped manage the North American Carbon Program. Her work at NSF was recognized with the NSF Director’s Award. Her research is reported in more than 70 professional papers and five books. Rachael is a certified Project Management Professional and an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

 
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Emilio Lèbre La Rovere

Head, Environmental Sciences Laboratory and Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Emilio Lèbre La Rovere is Full Professor of the Energy Planning Program, Head of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LIMA) and of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment (CENTRO CLIMA) at COPPE/UFRJ – Institute for Research and Graduate Studies of Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Professor La Rovere holds degrees in Engineering and in Economics, as well as a M.Sc. in Systems Engineering from COPPE/UFRJ. He also holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences, University of Paris, France (1980). He is a Co-Author of several IPCC reports, contributing since 1992 to the award of 50% of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC in 2007, was a member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices that published the Stiglitz – Stern Report in 2017.

 

Adele Morris

Senior Fellow, Economic Studies and Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, The Brookings Institute

Adele Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. Her research informs critical decisions related to climate change, energy, and tax policy. She is a leading global expert on the design of carbon pricing policies.

She joined Brookings in July 2008 from the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress, where she advised members and staff on economic, energy, and environmental policy. Before her work in Congress, Morris was the lead natural resource economist for the U.S. Treasury Department for nine years. In that position, she informed and represented Treasury’s positions on agriculture, energy, climate, and radio spectrum policies. On assignment to the U.S. Department of State in 2000, she led negotiations on land use and forestry issues in the international climate change treaty process. Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. Morris began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw rulemaking by agriculture and natural resource agencies. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Rice University.

 
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Grzegorz Peszko

Lead Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank

Grzegorz Peszko is a Lead Economist in the Climate Change Group of the World Bank where he leads analytical and advisory services on economics of climate change mitigation, as well as climate, energy, economic and fiscal policies. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as a lead energy/environmental economist and for the OECD as an environmental finance program manager. He was also an associate professor at the Krakow University of Economics, policy adviser for several governments, private consultant and investment project developer. He was a lead author of the IPPC 3rd Assessment Report (WGIII), and (co)author of several journal articles and books. Grzegorz holds MSc in economics from University College London, MSc in political sciences from Yagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and PhD in economics from Krakow University of Economics.

 
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Mandy Rambharos

Head, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Eskom

Mandy is the Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development for Eskom Holdings. She is responsible for all Sustainable Development and Climate Change policy and strategy development for Eskom, including Climate Change and related Strategies and the incorporation of sustainability issues in Corporate Strategy. She is also responsible for providing assurance on all Sustainability related key performance indicators for the company’s Integrated Report. She is a member of the South African delegation to the UNFCCC. She is also an NBI Board member and sits on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange SRI Advisory committee. Mandy is also involved with a number of international business initiatives in which Eskom actively participates including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Global compact.

 

 

 

 

Youba Sokona

Special Advisor, Sustainable Development, South Centre

Dr Sokona is currently Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. With over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa. Reflecting his status, Dr Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, Dr Sokona was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. In addition to these achievements, Dr Sokona has a proven track record of organisational leadership and management, for example, leading the conception, development and initiating the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, as the first Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Dr Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including the Board for the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), Member of Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and as a Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Dr Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.

 
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Robert N. Stavins

A. J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard University

Robert N. Stavins is the A. J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group, Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Program in Public Policy and the Doctoral Program in Political Economy and Government, Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School-Kennedy School Joint Degree Programs, and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements. Professor Stavins directed Project 88, a bi-partisan effort co-chaired by former Senator Timothy Wirth and the late Senator John Heinz, to develop innovative approaches to environmental and resource problems. He continues to work closely with public officials on matters of national and international environmental policy. He has been a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences, several Administrations, Members of Congress, environmental advocacy groups, the World Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, state and national governments, and private foundations and firms. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from
Northwestern University, an M.S. in agricultural economics from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.