Advisory Committee

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Dr. Francisco Alpízar

Coordinator of the Environment and Development Center for Central America and the Program Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program, Cartago, Costa Rica

Francisco Alpízar is a research fellow and the Coordinator of the Environment and Development Center for Central America (, as well as the Program Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program ( His fields of specialization include environmental policy making and economic valuation of the environment. He has also done some work on experimental economics applied to policy design. Recently, his work has been focused on sustainable management and funding of protected areas, including both entrance fees and donations, as well as the interaction of communities and economies that interact with a given conservation effort. He has also been involved in the design of Coasian schemes to internalize the external effects (negative and positive) of watershed management for the provision of ecosystem services. Francisco has been a consultant to the GEF-World Bank, the IDB, UNDP, WWF, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy, among others. He has been invited as a lecturer to universities in Sweden, the US, Costa Rica and Colombia.

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Jim Boyd

Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, USA

James Boyd has been a Fellow at Resources for the Future since 1992. Boyd's research is in the fields of environmental regulation and law and economics, focusing on the analysis of environmental institutions and policy. Specific areas of expertise include ecological benefit and damage assessment, water regulation, environmental and product liability law, and incentive-based regulation. Current research focuses on the measurement and analysis of ecosystem services and the role of ecosystem services in both environmental management and national welfare accounting. Boyd has been a consultant to, among others, the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, the European Commission, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and various government agencies.

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Randy Curtis

Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC, USA

Randy was born in Washington DC in 1950 and raised in Greece, Vietnam, Algeria, Paris and Washington, DC. He attended Bowdoin and Thunderbird where he focused on African political modernization and economic development in Latin America. College summers included home construction, attending Woodstock and teaching English and Spanish in Cameroon, West Africa. He also co-founded a statewide community land trust and a low-income housing initiative in Maine from 72 to 76 and worked for a low income micro-credit organization in Costa Rica for 2 years and then a Nebraska-based irrigation company targeting Spain and Africa from 80 to 82. From 83 to 86 he helped start a grain shipping company focusing on famine relief using a new technology of destination bagging equipment at the arrival ports saving significant time and shipping costs. Randy joined The Nature Conservancy in 1987 where he has worked on conservation finance measures including debt for nature swaps, conservation trust funds, GEF replenishments, bilateral grants from USAID and others and MDB funding from the World Bank, the IDB and the ADB. He actually loves family reunions, sailing, podcasts while walking the dog, reading and all types of music.

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John Dixon

World Bank Institute (retired), Kailua, Hawaii, USA

John Dixon was the lead Environmental Economist at the World Bank and is widely known for his work on applied environmental economics, especially the valuation of environmental resources. He has published numerous books on economic valuation and its applications to various ecosystems, as well as many articles on these and other themes. Before joining the World Bank in 1990, John was a researcher at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, and also worked with the Ford Foundation in Indonesia. His recent work has focused on the economics of parks and protected areas, especially marine parks and tourism. Recent professional work includes activities in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. John holds undergraduate degrees in Chinese and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard.

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Samuel Fankhauser

Deputy Director of the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, London, UK

Professor Samuel Fankhauser is Co-Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. He is also a Director of Economics Consultancy Vivid Economics. Sam is a member of the Committee on Climate Change, an independent public body that advises the UK government on carbon targets, and the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee. Previously, he has worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility. Sam’s research interests include climate change policy, carbon markets and the economics of adaptation to climate change. He has studied economics at the University of Berne, the London School of Economics and University College London.

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Paul Ferraro

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Paul J. Ferraro is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Carey Business School and the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a joint department of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering, at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ferraro’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of cost-effective environmental policies and institutions, and the use of experiments to study human behavior and decision-making. He has been the Humanitas Visiting Professor of Sustainability Studies at the University of Cambridge, a member of Global Environment Facility’s five-member Science Advisor Panel, a Bellagio Fellow, and a Senior Science Fellow and the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Visiting Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University, and also holds a BA in biology and history, and an MS in economics, from Duke University. He is a collaborating author on the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and his research appears in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Conservation Letters, PLoS Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Review of Economics & Statistics, Science, and Trends in Ecology & Evolution (see for more details).

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Nana Firman

Co-Founder of the Global Muslim Climate Network, Riverside, California, USA

Nana Firman worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in her native country of Indonesia, directing the Green Recovery efforts in the wake of 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and later developed a Sustainable City Initiative as part of urban climate change adaptation and mitigation. Upon moving to California in 2012, she has been involved in developing a community garden in San Diego, and educating the American Muslim community to practice eco-lifestyle, which then prompted her to become a member of the Green Mosque Committee for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Recently, she organized the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change and co-founded the Global Muslim Climate Network (GMCN), which calls to all Muslim nations to transition from fossil-fuel to clean-energy based development. In 2015, she was named as the White House Champion of Change for Climate Faith Leaders. She is a passionate and dynamic individual, who believes that environmental degradation and climate crisis can unite the world community to face the challenges together with a deep commitment to sustainability and environmental justice for people across the globe. She is a LEAD (Leadership on Environment and Development) Fellow on Green Economy and currently is the Muslim Outreach Director for GreenFaith, a global faith and spiritual environmental action network. Nana holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a Master of Science in Urban Design from Pratt Institute, New York. She is married to Jamal Ali, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and lives in Riverside, California.

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Dr. Ricardo Godoy

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Ricardo Godoy has been doing long-term ecological and socioeconomic research among lowland Amerindian populations in Central America and Bolivia using standard methods of data collection. His research has focused on the effect of market economies on various indicators of the quality of life and on the habitat of indigenous people. A former professor of Anthropology at Harvard and the University of Florida, Dr. Godoy now teaches at Brandeis University

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Bob Hambrecht

Partner, Allotrope Partners, Oakland, CA

Bob Hambrecht is a Partner at Allotrope Partners, a merchant bank based in Oakland, CA. Allotrope identifies and develops companies and projects in the clean economy, helps deploy pools of capital into those opportunities, and educates decision-makers on successful policy and investment paradigms.

Prior to that, Mr. Hambrecht worked as a consultant working on a number of projects in the cleantech and environmental space, working with a number of non profits and early stage companies. In addition, Bob was the Chief Financial Officer at Greenlife International, a project development company that worked on biofuel and agricultural projects in Argentina and other Latin American companies.

Formerly a co-founder of WR Hambrecht + Company, a financial services firm committed to using the Internet and the auction process to level the playing field for investors and issuers, Mr. Hambrecht has been deeply involved in the emerging “Cleantech” business community as an investor and investment banker for many years.

Mr. Hambrecht serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies. In addition to CSF, he is presently on the board of the non-profit Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, an organization that provides technical and political support for smart transportation policies in cities in developing countries.

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John Lynham

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

John is an Associate Professor of Economics and a UHERO Research Fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the Director of the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate and an Affiliated Researcher at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University. John holds an MA and a PhD in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He also holds an MS in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from UCSB. John’s research interests are in environmental and resource economics, marine ecology, and behavioral economics. John received the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

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Deborah Moore

Founder and Executive Director, Green Schools Initiative and Former Commissioner, World Commission on Dams, Berkeley, California, USA

Deborah Moore is the founder and executive director of the Green Schools Initiative, an effort improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of schools. Deborah was appointed one of the twelve Commissioners to the World Commission on Dams, an independent body established by the World Bank and World Conservation Union/IUCN to investigate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of large dams worldwide and to recommend guidelines for the future. The WCD’s final report was launched by Nelson Mandela in London in November 2000 (

For thirteen years, Deborah was a senior scientist with Environmental Defense, a US-based public interest group, where she worked since 1986 ( As Co-Director of Environmental Defense’s International Program, she worked to safeguard the world’s unique ecological treasures – and the rights and cultural diversity of communities that depend on these resources – through re-directing investments towards sustainability and institutions like the World Bank. Deborah has helped to win protection for the Pantanal wetlands in South America, to defeat plans for misguided water development projects in South Asia, and to promote investments in sustainable, community-based water programs globally. In the western U.S., she worked with Native American communities to win Congressional approval for three separate Indian water rights settlements that set important precedents for river protection and recognition of Indian rights.

She has an MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California-Berkeley, and a BA in Physics from Reed College. Deborah is married to Adam Dawson, an attorney in San Francisco, and has a daughter, Mariah. Mariah says "My Mom protects water so people and fish can be healthy!"

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Linwood Pendleton

International Chair of Excellence at AMURE/LABEX/IUEM and Senior Scholar Duke University's Nicholas Institute, Brest, France

Linwood Pendleton holds the International Chair of Excellence at AMURE/LABEX/IUEM and is a Senior Scholar at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He has also served as Acting Chief Economist for NOAA (National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration) since January 2011. Prior to this, he was a Senior Fellow, Director of Economic Research, and Director of the Coastal Ocean Values Center at The Ocean Foundation. He was also an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at UCLA and maintains an adjunct position there. Linwood's current projects include work with the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Project, UNEP GRID Arendal’s High Level Steering Committee on Deep Sea Mineral Resources in the Pacific, and Blue Carbon Economics (joint with CSF Instructor Brian Murray).

Linwood has been teaching with CSF since 1999 and has experience both in the United States and abroad with environmental valuation, coastal resource management, and the economics of marine protected areas. Linwood has worked internationally on recreation demand of tropical coral reefs and Costa Rican National Parks, and on issues of dams, non-timber forestry, and the economic causes of tropical deforestation in Latin America and Africa. He is involved with the National Ocean Economics Project, the Southern California Beach Valuation Project, and the California Regional Study of the Coastal Ocean Observing System. He is also a member of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s Marine Technical Advisory Council, and a Director of the Aquarium of the Pacific's Marine Conservation Research Institute.

Linwood has a Masters in Biology with a focus in Tropical Ecology from Princeton University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a PhD in Natural and Environmental Resource Economics from Yale University.

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Steve Polasky

Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Stephen Polasky received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University (1993-1999) and the Department of Economics at Boston College (1986-1993). Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. His papers have been published in Biological Conservation, Ecological Applications, Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, International Economic Review, Land Economics, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science and other journals. He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters.

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Eduardo Porter

Columnist, The New York Times, New York, New York

Eduardo Porter writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times. Formerly he was a member of The Times’ editorial board, where he wrote about business, economics, and a mix of other matters. Mr. Porter began his career in journalism over two decades ago as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. He was deployed as a correspondent to Tokyo and London, and in 1996 he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, as editor of América Economía, a business magazine. In 2000, Mr. Porter went to work at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles to cover the growing Hispanic population. He joined The New York Times in 2004 to cover economics. Mr. Porter was born in Phoenix and grew up in the United States, Mexico and Belgium. He graduated with a degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has an M.Sc. in quantum fields and fundamental forces from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

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Cristian Vallejos

Program Director for Latin America, Marine Stewardship Council’s , Lima, Peru

Cristian has over 25 years of experience working in conservation, sustainability and natural resource management issues in Latin America. He worked for several environmental NGOs and projects in the region, including Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) where he served as its Regional Director for the Americas, and Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) where he was its executive director. Cristian was CSF’s Latin America Director, helping develop CSF’s contributions to conservation and sustainability in Latin America through applied economic research and training. Currently he is the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Program Director for Latin America, and is responsible for the implementation of MSC’s environmental fisheries certification progran throughout Latin America.

Cristian holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru, attended Duke University’s graduate program in Natural Resource Economics and Policy for senior professionals, and was an invited scholar at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (currently the Ostrom Institute) at Indiana University.

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Logan Yonavjak

Consultant, LIFT Economy and JumpScale, San Francisco, CA

Logan has worked with a variety of investment firms on ESG product development, impact measurement methodologies, and a suite of renewable energy and conservation finance deals. Most recently, she worked with CREO Syndicate, Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing, Align Impact, and the Yale Investments Office. Logan received her B.A. with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Logan is a Startingbloc Fellow, a Property and Environment Research (PERC) Fellow and a Kinship Fellow. Logan is also a freelance writer for Ashoka Changemakers, Forbes, ImpactAlpha, and Nextbillion. Logan received her Masters in Forestry and MBA (with a concentration in Asset Management) from Yale in 2016. Logan currently sits on the Board of Slow Money NYC, which connects investors with local food entrepreneurs in NYC, and she is also an Advisor to the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Investing (YISF).