Bert Metz is an ECF Fellow and focuses on science and policy issues. He is a member of several scientific advisory boards of international institutes and projects. Bert brings extensive experience as former co-chairman of the Climate Change Mitigation Working Group of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2008. (The IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 2007.) He also was climate change coordinator of the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as head of the Global Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. In addition, he taught at Central European University in Budapest and Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and served as Environmental Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC.
Bert holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Biotechnology from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He has published many IPCC books and scientific articles and in 2010 Cambridge University Press published his book, Controlling Climate Change. He received the Environmental Economics Practitioner Award from the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2009.
John E. Morton
John E. Morton is an ECF Fellow focused on climate finance and how to expedite the flow of private capital to address climate change. John brings more than twenty years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy and has served in senior positions in government, and in the non-profit and private sectors.
John was a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration and served in a variety of roles including as White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change. In this role, John had overall responsibility for coordinating the Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues. Earlier in the Administration, John was the Chief Operating Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where he managed the Agency’s 250 employees and $20 billion investment portfolio in over 100 countries. Prior to government, John held executive positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the United States’ leading philanthropic entities, served as director of National Security Policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign, was an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, led management consulting engagements with Mercer, and worked at the World Bank managing environmental projects in the former Soviet Union.
John has served on the boards of directors and executive committees of the National Security Network, and the Clean Energy Network. He received an MBA from Wharton, an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a BA from Harvard. John is a Senior Fellow with the Mercator Stiftung, a Senior Fellow at the HHL Business School in Leipzig Germany, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He lives in Leipzig Germany with his wife and two children.
Julian Popov is an ECF Fellow and has been an adviser to the ECF since 2008. As part of this role, he established a network of senior climate campaigners in eight new EU Member States, headed a project aimed at coaching editors of leading media on climate policy as well as a project seeking to raise policymakers’ attention to health and security implications of climate change. Julian currently leads the South East Europe Grid Initiative which catalyses high level energy policy cooperation among countries in wider South East Europe, including Turkey and the Western Balkans.
Julian is a former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria, the founding CEO and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University, the former Chairman and current Board Member of the Bulgarian School of Politics and the co-founder of the Tunisian School of Politics. In 2014, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. He is Member of the Advisory Board of GridTech, Member of the Advisory Board of BETTER Project, Founding Member of the Governing Board of Sofia Platform, Member of the Steering Committee of Grantmakers East Forum and Honorary Treasurer and Director of the UK charity Friends of Bulgaria. Julian is the author of two books and writes regularly on current affairs and climate and energy policy.
Princess Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau
Princess Laurentien has been active in the field of sustainability and wildlife preservation for many years. She is Fellow at the European Climate Foundation, President of Fauna & Flora International, Special Advisor of Rewilding Europe, a former Senior Advisor of WWF, and Founder and Director of the Missing Chapter Foundation (MCF). MCF brings together children and decision-makers in the private and public sectors to engage in inter-generational dialogue on strategic themes, including sustainability.
Princess Laurentien is the founder of the Reading & Writing Foundation and UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy and Development. She is also the author of various children’s books, including the Mr Finney series, which have been translated into eight languages. Climate change is a central theme in all Mr Finney books.