Carolyn Alkire is an environmental economist with 35 years’ experience in applied research and public policy. As a consultant, she provides analyses on a range of natural resource and environmental management, regulatory, and policy issues for nonprofit organizations and private clients. Her work has addressed market and nonmarket values of lands and resources, tradeoffs associated with commodity uses vs. conservation, greenhouse gas and renewable energy markets, and financing land stewardship.
Prior to consulting, Carolyn was the Senior Regional Economist for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego County’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO). While at SANDAG, she led the economic analyses for the first Regional Transportation Plan completed by an MPO in California to comply with state greenhouse gas reduction targets in the “Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008” (SB 375).
Carolyn taught Economics at Palomar College in California, was a Resource Economist with The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., and has worked for private consulting firms in the D.C. area supporting environmental programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Carolyn earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University, an M.S. in Economics from North Carolina State University with a Statistics minor, and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Richmond.
Raihan Uddin Ahmed is an international professional in climate change. While involved in research through the UNEP FI and World Resources Institute, USA, he has made a notable impact. Raihan additionally has a Netherlands Fellowship Program fellowship in Climate Change Governance; is an ISO 14064:2006-certified GHG Accountant; is a reliable CDM Expert; and has been recognized as an Environmental Specialist of Bangladesh since 2002.
Currently, Raihan is serving as an Environmental Specialist for Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a leading financial institution that finances infrastructure and renewable energy projects. IDCOL has served 12 million beneficiaries with 4 million SHS, making it the largest SHS implementer in the world. The cooperation of The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, and JICA has helped IDCOL become a hub of development partners. Through his work there, Raihan has contributed to developing Special Economic Zones Policy and the Swedish scholarship on Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Raihan's concept of the ‘Two-Tree Model’ is considered a notable, innovative approach encompassing infrastructure development, social capital enhancement, and biodiversity conservation. Raihan is an IQMS, UK-certified Lead Auditor on ISO 1401:2004. His work has taken him to the United States, France, Sweden, Norway, Germany, India, Ethiopia, China, and the UAE.
Raihan graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Urban and Regional Planning in 2002 and received a master's degree from North South University in Development Studies in 2009.
Dattakiran Jagu is a PhD candidate in the Science and Management of Climate Change at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy. His research focuses on energy modeling and the application of behavioral economics for clean energy transition.
Dattakiran has rich experience in designing clean energy heating and lighting solutions for rural communities in India. Previously, he worked as a Commercial Diplomacy Officer at the British High Commission in India, where he collaborated on clean energy partnerships and worked as a Research Associate for the 'OASYS South Asia' project, promoting innovative solutions and business models for off-grid energy access. Dattakiran is also a founding member of a clean energy start-up in Bangalore that provides engineering and consultancy services for energy efficiency, solar, wind, and biomass energy projects.
Dattakiran received a Masters in Renewable Energy from TERI University in New Delhi, and a Bachelors in Electronics from the University of Mysore.
Zak Accuardi works to improve public transportation policy and practice with TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to urban mobility. Zak applies mixed-methods, subject-matter appropriate research to strategically address key challenges faced by practitioners. He led the research for and co-authored "Private Mobility, Public Interest: How Public Agencies Can Work With Emerging Mobility Providers", a report written for transportation policy makers grappling with rapid technological change.
Zak has a background in urban sustainability policy and has consulted on the topic for The World Bank. He has a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT, where his research focused on the intersection of urban planning, climate change mitigation, and international development. Zak studied Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, where he also led efforts to build networks of environmental organizations on campus and across the New York City area.
David Jaber is a LEED accredited professional of nearly 10 years. He is the Founder of inNative and serves as Director of Optimization with Blue Star Integrative Studio. David is a former United Nations Life Cycle Impact Assessment working group member, and a former co-chair of Tribal P2 to advance environmental health in Indian Country.
In his work, David advances better decision-making by companies and communities through green building investigation, business performance metrics, greenhouse gas analysis, and zero waste audits. His more than 15 years of experience has included developing plans for greenhouse gas reductions, benchmarking facilities, analyzing supply-chains, and conducting over 100 waste reduction and energy efficiency site assessments in a wide range of food processing, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, office, and other settings. In fundraising, David has helped deliver over $3 million for regional planning, food security, tree planting, habitat protection, community development, and related tribal and rural issues.
David is currently the chair for the US Green Building Council - Northern CA Sustainable Neighborhoods committee. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. He is a certified LEED AP (O+M).
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