Our academic advisory board
We are proud to work closely with luminaries from a broad range of climate disciplines. They advise us on everything from our overall learning philosophy to course content and help us ensure incredibly high standards of academic excellence and field practicality.
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is the author of bestselling books like All We Can Save and Drawdown, and was previously the principal writer and editor at Project Drawdown, working to share climate solutions with a global audience. She also co-founded and leads The All We Can Save Project in support of women leading on climate, and co-hosts the podcast A Matter of Degrees. Her TED Talk on climate and gender equality has more than 1.9 million views.
She holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and has a BA in religion from Sewanee, where she is now a visiting professor.
Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher is the Interim Dean and a professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). An award-winning educator and researcher, his focuses include climate change, natural coastal ecosystems, and coastal community resiliency. He is also Chairperson of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission.
Dr. Fletcher has written op-eds in The Hill and, with his students, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and three textbooks. His studies with students concern such subjects as paleoclimate, shoreline change, reef accretion, hydrostatic flooding, and cultural assets.
Dr. Sarah Burch holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Geography and Environmental Management. She is an expert on transformative community responses to climate change, and on sustainability and small businesses.
She leads the project TRANSFORM: Accelerating Sustainability Entrepreneurship Experiments in Local Spaces, and is Director of the Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab. Dr. Burch is a lead author of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, and is also the author of Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice.
Dr. Harish Hande is co-founder and chairman of SELCO India, which launched in 1995 and provides affordable renewable energy to poor and underserved households in rural India. He is also the CEO of SELCO Foundation, which works to link sustainable energy to eliminating poverty.
After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Dr. Hande earned his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts. Having improved living standards in hundreds of thousands of poor rural Indian households, he and SELCO have won many awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize), two Ashden Awards, as well as Khemka Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Gordon L. Clark Dsc FBA has held an array of titles at Oxford University, where he is now a professorial fellow at St. Edmund Hall and Co-Director of the Oxford-Zurich research program, as well as Director Emeritus of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He has also held appointments at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, and others.
Professor Clark’s areas of expertise include finance, decision-making, how people respond to risk and uncertainty, and how large financial institutions manage themselves. He seeks to better understand the how and why of long-term planning. He is also the independent chair of the IP Group’s Ethics and ESG committee.
Dr. Radhika Khosla holds several titles at the University of Oxford: She is an associate professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment and the research director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. And as the principal investigator of the Future of Cooling program, she studies the growing demand for cooling energy.
She is particularly interested in how energy use changes as cities in developing countries grow, what systems and structures can affect this, and what this means both politically and environmentally. Dr. Khosla holds a Ph.D in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Oxford.
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