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Kane Alexander

Research Assistant

Centre for Environmental Policy

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Kane is a Research Assistant within the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. He is the model curator for CLEWs within the Modelling Tools and Data Business Line. The main responsibility within his role is to lead the Climate, Land, Energy and Water Systems (CLEWs) modelling training at CCG’s capacity building events, which he has done since joining the team in 2022. Alongside this, his role entails development and enhancement of course material for CLEWs training. He has previously worked within the Flexible Research Fund (FRF), helping to manage, organise and improve the FRF process. Kane is soon… [Read more]

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Rudolf Yeganyan

Capacity Building Manager

CCG

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Rudolf overseas the management and delivery of the Capacity Building activities central to CCG's approach.  These 'Summer Schools' take place regularly in Africa, South America and Trieste, delivered on behalf of the OpTIMUS Community to share skills and knowledge on a range of energy modelling tools such as OSEMOSYS, MAED and CLEWs. [Read more]

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Agnese Beltramo

Doctoral Researcher

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Agnese is a doctoral researcher in the division of Energy Systems at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Her research focuses on assessing the relevance of open science practices to support transparent and effective climate and energy governance. As part of CCG, she has been working within the Platform to develop guidelines facilitating the uptake of relevant open science practices, and to assess data management and governance solutions to support long-term energy planning in Kenya. Previously, Agnese was involved in the development of the Global Least-cost User-friendly CLEWs Open-Source Exploratory (GLUCOSE) model and she was a trainer in the… [Read more]

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Dr Karla Cervantes Barrón

Research Associate

Resource Efficiency Collective, University of Cambridge

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Karla is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Resource Efficiency Collective at the University of Cambridge working on the CCG programme. Her research focuses on the critical and bulk materials used in low-carbon energy and transport systems including future material demand and supply. Karla has engaged with CCG partner countries including Lao PDR, Viet Nam and Zambia to conduct research on industrial efficiency and critical mineral supply. Karla completed her PhD on the level of energy services used in different countries in December 2020 at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, Karla worked in the non-alcoholic beverage sector in… [Read more]

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Dr Mehrnoosh Heydari

Research Associate

CCG

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Mehrnoosh is a Research Associate at University of Cambridge, working on the CCG programme. She is working on measures of critical minerals supply chain resilience, aiming to mitigate these minerals’ supply risks. Mehrnoosh earned her PhD in Mining Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran polytechnics), Iran. During her doctoral dissertation, she researched the environmental, economic, and social impacts of deep and large-scale open-pit mines, with a focus on copper mines. [Read more]

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Fernando Plazas-Niño

Research Consultant

CCG

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Fernando is a research consultant at CCG. His work is focused on energy system modelling for decarbonization pathways and sustainable development. Fernando's previous research experience has been centered around optimization modelling for energy system planning, hydrogen value chain, and energy-land use-water nexus. He also previously served as a professor of operational research at Universidad Industrial de Santander and energy system modelling at Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito in Colombia. In addition, his professional experience includes project planning, laboratory petrophysics evaluation, operations management, and human resources coordination. Fernando holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor's… [Read more]

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George Carew-Jones

Research Associate

SSEE

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George Carew-Jones is a Research Associate in Climate Finance at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE). His CCG research focusses on the pipeline of climate-focussed investment in developing economies and involves close partnerships with stakeholder institutions in those economies. This work addresses the specific enabling factors that allow for progress in the deployment of sustainable investment. George has a particular focus on Zambia. Before joining the Smith School, George was a Senior Consultant at Element Energy, a low-carbon energy consultancy. In this role he project-managed four large public-private partnerships for the deployment of green hydrogen technology. The… [Read more]

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Dr Kirsty Mackinlay

Zambia, Lao PDR, Vietnam Country Partnerships lead

CCG

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Kirsty Mackinlay is the Country Partnerships lead for CCG’s partner countries Zambia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam. Through applying National Innovation Systems theory and Inclusive Innovation frameworks, she promotes inclusive knowledge exchange projects and research-to-policy collaborations within the CCG partner country networks. She is also a Research Associate in the University of Cambridge’s Department for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, where she applies an Action Research approach to interrogating frameworks for inclusive, low-emission innovation and knowledge systems in low- and middle- income countries. [Read more]

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Prof. Mark Howells

CCG Programme Director

Loughborough University and Imperial College, London

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Mark Howells is the CCG Programme Director. He  is jointly appointed at Loughborough University and Imperial College, London. Previously at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden he set up their prestigious Energy Systems Analysis programme. He led the development of some of the world's premier open source energy, resource, and spatial electrification planning tools; published in several Nature Journals; coordinated the European Commission's think tank for Energy; is regularly used by the United Nations as a science-policy expert; and is a key contributor to UNDESA's 'Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies' initiative. His work has contributed to efforts for… [Read more]

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Prof. Ed Brown

Programme Deputy Director

Loughborough University

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Ed Brown is the is the CCG Programme Deputy Director. Ed's research interests lie in the fields of governance and international development issues with current research outputs focusing upon: energy access and low-carbon energy transitions; questions of transparency and corruption; and financial globalization and the financial needs of the poor. Ed has also long had a particular interest in the Central American region where he has explored the political economy of state reforms as well as the broader impacts of neoliberal globalization. Recently, much of Ed's activity has been focused on issues surrounding the uptake of low-carbon energy technologies within… [Read more]

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