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Ashok Mangotra

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Ashok Mangotra is a former Civil Servant with over 35 years’ experience of working in a wide variety of public positions and sectors in the States as well in the Central Government of India. Over a decade has been spent working in the fields of conventional and renewable energy. As Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), he was a member of India’s negotiating team at the Climate Change talks and was made the point-person for “mechanisms” on behalf of G-77 and China at these negotiations. He started the CDM process in India.

While in MNRE, he helped formulate the policies and implemented one of the largest renewable energy programmes of the world. As National Project Director he implemented four of the pioneering UNDP/GEF GHG-abatement projects in the fields of small-hydro, waste-to-energy and rural energy. He retired as Secretary to the Govt of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs where he was also responsible for the overlay of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.

An Honours Graduate in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani he has a Post Graduate degree in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration. Currently he is engaged in conducting research for a PhD from TERI-University in the field of climate change and renewable energy policy of India.

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Martina Grecequet

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Martina Grecequet is originally from the Czech Republic, she is an environmental scientist with interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Martina worked on diverse projects that cover:

  1. climate science (estimating GHG emissions)
  2. nitrogen cycle (assessing a flow of nitrogen in agroecosystem)
  3. integrated assessment modeling
  4. climate change adaptation (analyzing adaptation strategies i.e., human migration)
  5. mitigation and adaptation co-benefits (comparing changes in CO2 emissions and climate vulnerability).

Martina earned her Master and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands with focus on Environmental Systems Analysis. Before joining the Project Drawdown, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota and at the Earth Institute of the Columbia University. She was active collaborator of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative of the University of Notre Dame where she co-developed Urban Adaptation Assessment tool funded by Kresge Foundation.

Martina also gained experience from national and international environmental policy, while working as a policy officer at the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. She was helping to chair meetings of the EU Member States during the 2009 Czech Presidency in European Union.

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Stefan Gary

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Stefan Gary is a physical oceanographer with experience observing the large-scale circulation of the ocean and applying ocean models to better understand the ocean.  As a Drawdown Oceans Fellow, Stefan is exploring how different ocean management practices can contribute to our overall carbon uptake.  Stefan is also working as a consultant with a focus on automated data quality control from underwater robots and ocean climatology.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, where he previously led observations on a long-term repeat hydrographic section in the North Atlantic, the Extended Ellett Line.  Stefan now lives in New Hampshire with his family. 

Stefan has authored or co-authored 19 peer-reviewed publications, has led a 3-week deep-ocean research cruise and 3 Seaglider missions.  He has a total accumulated time at sea of 4.5 months.

Stefan holds a PhD in Earth and Ocean Science from Duke University with a research focus on the export pathways of the North Atlantic Overturning Circulation.  He also has an M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and has a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College.

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Sarah Eichler Inwood

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Sarah Eichler Inwood is an agro-ecologist whose work contributes to broad-scale sustainability solutions in the fields of ecosystem services and energy. She works toward empowering farmers through policy recommendations for regional to global sustainability efforts associated with agriculture, energy and climate change. Her background spans ecosystem science and sustainable cropping systems to clean energy and mobile app development.

Sarah received her BS with honors from Kent State University and a MS in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her PhD in Energy Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, where she was the recipient of the Lori Mayer Graduate Fellowship. For her dissertation, Sarah worked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers and international collaborators on landscape sustainability assessments involving stakeholders of the Yaqui Valley landscape in Sonora Mexico and the Todos Santos highlands area in Guatemala.

Other projects included conceptual design of an agricultural knowledge sharing app with funding from UT’s Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environment; a meta-analysis and model demonstrating how cover cropping offers an economically viable way to reduce watershed phosphorus export, and an analysis of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, among other activities. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Sarah worked on nutrient cycling and biocontrol in midwestern lakes, plant carbohydrates at the University of Georgia, water resource management in Alabama, and agricultural research at the University of Tennessee.

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Jay Arehart

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Jay’s research investigates how both emerging and existing low-carbon materials can be implemented in the built environment and if scaled, what impacts these materials would have on reducing the lifecycle emissions of buildings. Envisioning a built environment that is both low-carbon emitting and carbon storing, Jay’s goal is to change the materials that we use in designing, building and retrofitting buildings. Jay’s professional experience includes being a structural designer in Colorado, and as a project manager for rural construction projects in Bolivia and Eswatini.

While serving on the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee and as a member of the Embodied Carbon Network, Jay works to develop tangible actions that structural engineers and building designers can take to reduce the carbon emissions of the structures they design.

Jay Arehart is currently a PhD student in architectural engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Jay also received his BS and MS degrees at CU Boulder where he studied structural engineering, sustainable building design, and novel infrastructure materials.

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Chirjiv Anand

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Chirjiv Anand researches the area of sustainable buildings using the life cycle assessment (LCA) approach. Her post-doctoral research at Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec, focused on, reducing the environmental impact of buildings with emphasis on regionalised impact assessment and regional policies. She also worked on meta-analysis and harmonisation of building impacts data to better understand and utilize the global buildings impact data. Her research also focused on the regional efforts in integration of sustainable development in higher education.

Chirjiv has mentored interns and graduate students and co-authored research with them on critical assessment of LEED V4 buildings certification as well as systematic integration of life cycle assessment in the Civil Engineering curriculum. She recently had the opportunity to serve on the council advisory body, at the City of Mountain View, California, targeting to meet its climate goals, where she specifically worked on projections of, building energy use, greenhouse gas savings, cost implications and developing policy suggestions and, building codes adoption recommendations, to advance the use of renewable energy in buildings.

Chirjiv earned her Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Toledo. During her Ph.D. she researched the economic and environmental impacts of conventional and alternative sanitation technologies in buildings, using the life cycle assessment approach, to reduce the impacts of using potable water to flush toilets. Her Ph.D. work resulted in development of a calculation framework for an LCA-based model to compare conventional and alternative sanitation options in buildings. Her M.S. research was focused on developing a multi-criteria decision-analysis (MCDA) model for beneficial reuse of industrial by-products in roads. The MCDA model was developed to aid with decision making based on LCA results, in the presence of multiple environmental indicators as well as multiple alternatives to conventional materials. In addition, her M.S. research also looked into development of sustainability indicators for roads.

All of Chirjiv’s research has been published in technical journals and presented at numerous conferences. Chirjiv, prior to her M.S. in Environmental Engineering, received her Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from Nagarjuna University in India.

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Jimena Alvarez

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Jimena is a PhD candidate at Lancaster University (United Kingdom) as part of the European Union ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate, Economics- Arctic, Research on Change) project. Her research focuses on assessing the role of integrated assessment models (IAM) as a tool to quantify the economic implications from Arctic change and to use the economic findings as a starting point for assessing policy options.


She has 13 years of combined professional experience on climate change, sustainable development and economic & financial planning. After graduating as an Engineer, she worked for seven years on strategic and financial planning as part of the Techint Group. While working full-time, she was also a teaching assistant at the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires on two modules: “Simulation” and “Operations Research”. She was later invited to be a lecturer on the “Engineering and Climate Change” seminar and a member of the Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development of the Centre of Argentine Engineers. For the past 6 years she has been working on different research and consultancy initiatives with a focus on the socio- economic impacts resulting from climate change.


Jimena holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a BEng and MEng from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her MEng thesis “Environmental impact of medium- sized cars using Life Cycle Assessment” analysed the impact of incorporating hybrid vehicles to the national fleet and was awarded the prize “Best thesis of the year”. She was awarded a Distinction for her thesis “Economics of climate change: the social cost of carbon from the RCP scenarios” from her MPhil degree.

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