NEW REPORT: The New Economics of Innovation and Transition: Evaluating Opportunities and Risks

Network Team

International Advisory Board

The EEIST Project is supported by leading experts who advise the project on policy areas in relation to/that are relevant to the consortium. The International Advisory Board members are experts from the core countries of focus in the consortium, namely India, China, Brazil, the EU and the UK.

These experts are chaired by Eric Beinhocker, a Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University’s Oxford Martin School.

The board meets annually to offer an independent overview to help steer the consortium’s progress.

Eric Beinhocker

Chair of the Board

Eric Beinhocker is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University’s Oxford Martin School. INET Oxford is a research center devoted to applying leading-edge interdisciplinary approaches to issues including financial system stability, innovation and growth, economic inequality, and environmental sustainability. Beinhocker is also a Supernumerary Fellow in Economics at Oriel College, an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest.

Prior to joining Oxford, Beinhocker had an 18-year career at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner and held leadership roles in McKinsey’s Strategy Practice, its Climate Change and Sustainability Practice, and the McKinsey Global Institute. Beinhocker writes frequently on economic, business, and public policy issues and his work has appeared in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Times, the Guardian, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Democracy, and he is the author The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business and Society. Beinhocker is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the MIT Sloan School, and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.

Simon Sharpe

Simon Sharpe is a Visiting Policy Fellow at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Simon is Deputy Director at the UK Government’s Cabinet Office COP26 Unit, where he leads work on international campaigns to accelerate low carbon transitions.  He previously led a team responsible for international climate change strategy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; led the work on energy and clean growth in the government’s Industrial Strategy; and served as head of private office to the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, and later to the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry.

Simon worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for ten years, serving in China and India, and leading on climate change strategy in the run-up to the Paris negotiations in 2015. In this role he created and led a major international project to re-shape the way governments assess the risks of climate change, working with leading experts in the US, China and India.

Izabella Teixeira

Mrs. Izabella Mônica Vieira Teixeira is a native Brazilian. She holds a Ph.D. in Energy Planning and was Brazil´s Minister of the Environment (2010 – 2016). From 2008 to 2010, she was the Deputy Minister of the Environment.

Her international experience comes from the negotiation and management of international projects in Brazil (e.g PPG7,). By the invitation of UN´s Secretary General, she was a member of the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability. She was also a key leader of the 2012 UN´s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. After Rio+20 she was again appointed by the UN´s Secretary-General as a member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (SDG’s Agenda 2030). In 2015, Minister Teixeira was Head of the Brazilian Delegation on negotiations of the Paris Agreement of the UN Convention on Climate Change.

For her outstanding career, in 2013 Minister Izabella Teixeira received the United Nations Environment Program “Champions of the Earth” award for Policy Leadership.

Today, she is Co-Chair of The International Resource Panel – IRP/UNEP-ONU and Senior Fellow for Land Use and Climate Change of Brazilian Center for International Relations- CEBRI,

Kate Hampton

Chief Executive Officer

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Kate became CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in March 2016, having run CIFF’s Climate Change team since 2009.

Current voluntary board and advisory roles include the European Climate FoundationObserver Research Foundation (India), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the China Advisory Group on Global Climate Governance, the Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (University of Oxford), We Protect Global AllianceFriend of COP26, and Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Advisory Council.

Kate’s career spans roles in government, finance, consulting, a think tank and NGOs, including at Climate Change Capital, where she was Head of Policy.  She has also advised policy makers in several roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the United Kingdom’s G8 and EU presidencies in 2005.

In 2008, Kate was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prof. Rangan Banerjee

Rangan Banerjee is the Forbes Marshall Chair Professor in the  Department of Energy Science and Engineering.) at IIT Bombay   His interests are in energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, modelling of energy systems, energy policy and planning.He  was involved in setting up a 1MW solar thermal power plant cum research facility and  is the faculty advisor for (India’s first team in the Solar Decathlon Europe finals . He has been involved in advising the city, state and country in the area of Energy.

He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT Bombay and is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering..He has been the Dean (R&D) of IIT Bombay.

Leena Srivastava

Leena Srivastava is the Deputy Director General for Science of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. Prior to this, she was the Vice Chancellor of the TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi – an inter-disciplinary higher education institution, focused on sustainable development – since 2012. She has over three decades of research experience in the areas of energy, environment and climate change policies at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), including nearly nine years as its Executive Director.

She is a member of various committees and boards both at the international and national levels, including the Co-Chair of the Science Advisory Group for the UNSG’s Global Climate Action Summit, the Co-Chair on the Science Advisory Committee of Future Earth, and  a Member of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President’s Advisory Group on Climate and Sustainable Development.

She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a Ph.D in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.

Linda McAvan

Linda McAvan is the Executive Director for European Relations at the European Climate Foundation (ECF). Prior to joining ECF, Linda was a Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Yorkshire and Humber Region, serving four terms between 1998 and 2019.

During her last term in office, she was Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee where she prioritized work to embed the UN 2030 Sustainable Development agenda at EU level. In previous mandates, she served as spokesperson and Vice President of the Socialist and Democratic Group on the Environment, Food Safety and Public Health.

She has extensive practical knowledge of EU law making as well as a deep personal commitment to climate action, global justice and the rights of women and girls. In 2020 Linda was awarded an OBE for her political and charitable work.

Ping Chen, Ph.D.

Dr. Ping Chen is Research Fellow of China Institute at Fudan University in Shanghai and retired Professor of National School of Development at Peking University in Beijing, China. He received B.S. in physics from University of Science & Technology of China in 1968, and Ph.D. in physics from University of Texas at Austin in 1987.

He is a founding Director of World Economics Association (WEA), and a foreign member of Center for Capitalism & Society at Columbia University in New York.

Ping Chen’s primary research interests are business cycles and economic complexity.

Elbia Gannoum

Elbia Gannoum has a Doctorate in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2003), a Masters in Economics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1999), and a degree in Economic Science from the Federal University of Uberlândia (1997). She has been ABEEÓLICA – Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica (the Brazilian Wind Energy Association) CEO since Setember 2011. As ABEEólica´s CEO, she has been active in strengthening the sustainable growth of wind energy, which is now the second largest source of electric energy in Brazil since 2019. Elbia is recognized as an opinion-forming voice in the electric sector, with a constant presence in media and specialized media outlets, as well as publishing articles frequently. Since May 2020, Elbia is vice president representing associations on the GWEC Board.

Paul Bailey

Paul is the Head of Strategic Energy and Climate Analysis in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The team leads analysis across the UK Government on setting and delivering the UK’s emissions targets (carbon budgets, net zero, NDC), clean growth (jobs, skills, finance), energy innovation, energy affordability and trade. Paul is an economist by profession and has worked on a range of other energy issues within the UK Government including international energy markets, international climate change and international climate finance. Prior to working on energy, Paul had roles in the UK Government on competition in sport and media.

David F. Hendry

David F. Hendry, Kt, is Co-director of Climate Econometrics and Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, previously Professor of Economics at Oxford, and of Econometrics at LSE. He was Knighted in 2009; is an Honorary Vice-President and past President, Royal Economic Society; Fellow, British Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Econometric Society, Academy of Social Sciences, International Institute of Forecasters Journal of Econometrics & Econometric Reviews; Foreign Honorary Member, American Economic Association and American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has received eight Honorary Doctorates, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ESRC, and the Guy Medal in Bronze from the Royal Statistical Society. The ISI lists him as one of the world’s 200 most cited economists, is a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate, and has published more than 200 papers and 25 books on econometric methods, theory, modelling, & history; computing; climate econometrics; empirical economics; and forecasting.

Dr. Yang Fuqiang

Dr. Yang Fuqiang is a Senior Advisor on Energy, Environment and Climate Change at the Natural Resources Defense Council. As an expert on climate change and energy, he has worked on China’s sustainable energy strategy and policy for more than 4 decades, and researched extensively on energy savings in building, industrial, and transportation sectors, low carbon cities, electricity and renewable energy, as well as climate change. Prior to joining NRDC, he was the Director of Global Climate Solutions at WWF International and Vice President of Energy Foundation and Chief Representative of Energy Foundation Beijing Office. He has worked with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Planning Commission’s Energy Research Institute, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at West Virginia University in the United States and his B.S. in Physics at Jilin University in China.

Antonia Caldeira-Saraiva


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