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Executive Director Sandy Buchanan has worked on a variety of energy issues involving coal, nuclear, utilities, renewables, and energy efficiency since the 1980s. She served as executive director of Ohio Citizen Action for 20 years before joining IEEFA in 2013.
Director of Finance Tom Sanzillo has 30 years of experience in public and private finance, including as a first deputy comptroller of New York State, where he held oversight over a $156 billion pension fund and $200 billion in municipal bond programs.
Director of Resource Planning Analysis David Schlissel is a long-time consultant, expert witness, and attorney on engineering and economic issues related to energy. He has testified in more than 100 court proceedings or cases before regulatory bodies.
Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Tim Buckley has 25 years of financial markets experience, specializing in equity valuation, including as a top-rated analyst and as co-founder and managing director of Arkx Investment Management.
Director of Media Relations Karl Cates has been an editor for Bloomberg LP, an editor for the New York Times, and a consultant to the Treasury Department-sanctioned community development financial institution (CDFI) industry.
Program Manager Christa Ebert is a past Campbell-Steinbacher Endowed Fellow at the Cleveland-based Neighborhood Progress Inc. and has worked for non-profit organizations that include Hard-Hatted Women and Ohio Citizen Action.
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Energy Analyst Cathy Kunkel is an independent consultant with Kunkel Energy Research. She has testified before regulatory bodies and was a senior research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics.
Consultant Jai Sharda is the managing partner at Equitorials, a financial research firm in Mumbai. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from NIT Bhopal and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and is an investment and financial analyst.
Energy Finance Consultant Gerard Wynn is a U.K.-based 10-year veteran of energy and economics reporting at the Thomson Reuters News Agency and has authored numerous papers on energy issues ranging from solar power in Great Britain to coal-burning in China and India. He blogs at EnergyandCarbon.com
Investment Analyst Bruce Robertson has been a fund manager and professional investor for over 32 years. He has worked with Perpetual Trustees, UBS, Nippon Life Insurance and BT and is an active participant in the national debate on energy issues in Australia.
Energy Finance Consultant Yulanda Chung, former head of Standard Chartered’s sustainable finance team in London and Singapore, where she was responsible for the bank’s governance procedures on sustainable lending and investments and for advising on environmental and social issues on deals. Before joining the bank, she was an equity analyst for the mining and building materials sectors at Sustainable Asset Management (now RobecoSAM) in Zurich and was responsible for the sectors’ selection for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Chung provides analysis of the risk of coal and coal-fired power sector investments in Indonesia.
Energy Finance Analyst Sara Jane Ahmed is a former investment advisor specializing in originating and structuring energy opportunities in emerging markets. She has worked for the World Resources Institute and Grameen Bank. Ahmed will focus on the energy sector dynamics in the Philippines, a nation at a crossroads in decision-making for how it will provide cost effective electricity to its residents.
Energy Finance Analyst Simon Nicholas, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Nicholas joined the IEEFA team in July 2016, after 16 years’ experience within the finance industry at ABN Amro, Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in both Sydney and London. His work with IEEFA focuses on Australian coal exports and associated infrastructure investments and their growing stranded-asset risks, as well as tracking the transformations under way in the key electricity markets of China, India and Bangladesh.
Board of Directors
President Larry Shapiro is associate director for program development at the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF). He is a founder of RFF’s Power Plant Finance Project, the predecessor organization to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
Treasurer Eric Schaeffer is director of the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project. He is a former director of the EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement and a former special assistant to the EPA’s deputy administrator.
Suzanne Mattei is general Counsel to the NYS Trial Lawyers Association and a former regional director for the New York StateDepartment of Environmental Conservation. She has 30 years of experience in public interest law and policy.
Sarah Brennan is a program officer at the Robertson Foundation, which supports market-based approaches to climate-change and conservation policy. She is a past associate director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Gina Kim is Supervising Producer at Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World, and an Emmy-nominated producer for the news and public- affairs television show Moyers & Company. She is a past producer for NBC, CBS, MTV, Bravo and PBS.
Carrie La Seur is an energy and environmental attorney with the firm of Baumstark Braaten Law Partners in Billings, Montana. She founded and serves on the board of directors of Plains Justice, an organization providing technical and legal support in northern plains communities.