Advisory Council

  • Sally M. Benson

    Sally M. Benson

    Director of Global Climate and Energy Project and Research Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

    Benson works on carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. A groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. For the past ten years, she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration.

  • Frans Berkhout

    Frans Berkhout

    Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy and Professor of Environment, Society and Climate at King’s College London

    From 2013-2015 Frans Berkhout was Director of the Future Earth programme, based at the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris. Previously, Prof Berkhout directed the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and led the Amsterdam Global Change Institute. Professor Berkhout was a lead author in two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007 and 2014). Over the last 20 years, his work has been concerned with science, technology, policy, and sustainability, with a focus on climate change. His main academic contributions have been to the understanding of innovation in socio-technical systems and adaptation to climate change impacts by organizations.

  • Ottmar Edenhofer

    Ottmar Edenhofer is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change of the Technical University Berlin. Moreover, he is director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

  • David G. Hawkins

    David G. Hawkins began his work in "public interest" law upon graduation from Columbia University Law School in 1970. He joined the Natural Resources Defense Council's Washington, DC office in 1971 as one of the organization's first staff members. In 1977, Hawkins was appointed by President Carter to be Assistant Administrator for Air, Noise, and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Daniel P. Schrag

    Daniel P. Schrag

    Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. Schrag also studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels. He currently serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.