Our International Advisors
Lord Nicholas Stern
Lord Nicholas Stern is a renowned academic and former World Bank Chief Economist, as Special Adviser to the Chairman on Economic Development and Climate Change. Lord Stern has had a distinguished academic career at the universities of Oxford, Warwick and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is currently IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government. From 2003-2007, Lord Stern was Head of the Government Economic Service and Adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development, reporting to the Prime Minister and to the Chancellor.
During this time, he was appointed to conduct a review of the economics of climate change, which led to the publication of the influential and widely publicised Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. From 2004-2005, he directed the writing of the Report of the Commission for Africa.
Dr Julio Friedmann
Dr. Julio Friedmann is the CEO of Carbon Wrangler, LLC, and a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Global Clean Energy Policy at Columbia University. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. He was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. His expertise includes Large-Scale Carbon Management, CO2 removal, CO2 recycling, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the US government. He has also held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation and Chief Energy Technologist, is a Distinguished Associate at the Energy Futures Initiative, and serves as a special advisor to Total SA and the Global CCS Institute. He was recently named as a Senior Fellow to the Breakthrough Institute and a Stanford Precourt Scholar.
Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), and carbon capture and sequestration. His expertise includes technology, policy, and operations. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies and NGOs, Julio has worked with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Treasury.
Dr. Friedmann received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Southern California. He worked for five years as a senior research scientist at ExxonMobil, then as a research scientist at the University of Maryland.