Annie Benn works on the development of Carbon War Room Operations, including research initiatives and stakeholder engagement. She currently serves as Senior Associate for the Sustainable Aviation Program.
Annie received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, where she studied Russian Literature and Political Science; and received her Master of Public Administration from NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Christopher Burgess is the Operations Manager for the Islands Energy Program at Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room. He has over 15 years of experience as an environmental professional and project manager with practice in a variety of multi-disciplinary energy and infrastructure projects. Chris brings a wealth of environmental, renewable energy and project management experience to his current role.
Before joining Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, Chris was the Chief Operating Officer at Alpha Energy, a renewable energy development company in Annapolis, Maryland. At Alpha Energy, Chris was responsible for the company’s feasibility studies and overall project management for commercial and utility scale wind and solar installations. He regularly managed multi-million dollar projects both domestically and internationally.
Chris also has previous experience as an environmental planner for new and reclaimed commercial site development, as well as a program analyst and team leader with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, Chris provided operations support and technical assistance for environmental emergencies nationwide. He was instrumental to operations during EPA’s high profile responses, including Sept. 11th, Columbia Shuttle and the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Chris earned his master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and a bachelor's degree in Coastal and Environmental Planning from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He has been active in Maryland’s renewable energy policy progression through advocacy organizations such as the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industry’s Association and the Business Network for Maryland Offshore Wind, and has written and testified on several provisions for Maryland’s current renewable energy laws, including interconnection, aggregate net-metering and Maryland’s recently enacted Offshore Wind Energy policy.
Alastaire Dick is the Operations Leader for the Sunshine for Mines initiative at Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room.
Before joining Sunshine for Mines, Alastaire was the Group Energy Specialist for Gold Fields Limited responsible for guiding the Gold Fields group in energy security planning (including renewables), energy efficiency, and carbon emissions reduction.
Alastaire has previous experience as a renewable energy program manager having worked in managing large-scale wind and solar PV programmes. At the start of his working career he began working for the Energy Research Institute (now the Energy Research Centre) at the University of Cape Town and was involved with energy modeling that contributed to South Africa’s White Paper on Energy. He then joined Eskom (South Africa’s national electricity utility) as an engineer involved with flue gas cleaning and scrubbing. Much of his experience comes from the bulk materials, mining, and mineral beneficiation industries through various senior management and directorship roles.
Alastaire earned a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Alastaire is passionate about leadership, integrated thinking, and renewable energy. He enjoys playing music, woodwork, and is fluent in Xhosa (one of the local South African languages).
Adam Klauber develops projects to accelerate aviation carbon reduction. He brings more than 11 years of experience delivering aviation market-based solutions to Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room.
Prior to his current role, Adam led the aviation sustainability practice for ICF International. For ICF he led environmental performance teams including at Los Angeles International Airport. Adam served as Principal Investigator for the National Academy’s Airport Cooperative Research Program establishing a severe weather planning and climate adaptation toolkit. He also was a delegate to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s carbon working group.
Adam founded the Sustainable Transportation domain for the US Department of Transportation Volpe Center. At the Volpe Center he headed the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen Sustainable Building program, designed the nation’s first carbon neutral airport for Massachusetts DOT, authored agency strategic sustainability plans, and piloted a robust aircraft fuel burn carbon footprint methodology for the FAA Office of Environment and Energy.
Whenever possible Adam heads to the backcountry with his family, and is a former National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound Instructor. He has been a Kinship Conservation and Presidential Management Fellow. Adam has a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Hobart College. He has earned numerous awards including the US DOT departmental individual “Sustainability Leader,” and the Federal Executive Board award for “Creativity and Innovation.”
Based in New York, Katie Lau provides Marketing and Communications expertise for the Islands Energy Program.
Katie joined Carbon War Room after spending seven years in the energy sector at Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips. There, she held roles in communications, knowledge management, project management and digital marketing.
Justin Locke brings over 10 years of international development and project management experience to his current role at Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room– most of which was dedicated to addressing the unique development challenges of small island developing states in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. He has a wealth of technical and operational experience in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, distributed renewable energy systems, livelihoods, and social mobilization.
Before joining RMI-Carbon War Room, Justin held the position of Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank, where he managed one of the Bank’s largest per capita investment portfolios. He also led national planning processes for Eastern Caribbean countries which were designed to develop and deploy tailored national adaptation and mitigation strategies for achieving climate resilience at the country level.
Justin has also worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Center in the Pacific Region, providing technical assistance to over 14 Pacific island countries, and also worked at the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa where he designed and implemented the UNDP’s regional flagship program in the Polynesian sub-region.
Justin serves on the Board of Directors for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Sustainable Bolivia. He holds a master's degree in public administration in international management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and a dual-bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati.
Jessie is the Program Coordinator for all of the Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room programs, including Shipping Efficiency, Trucking Efficiency, Sustainable Aviation, Methane and Sunshine for Mines. Jessie joined RMI in December 2016.
Before joining Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, Jessie worked as the Program Coordinator for the City and County of Denver’s Office of Sustainability. There, she organized the first two Sustainable Denver Summits, developed Denver’s citywide “Love This Place” sustainability brand, and collaborated with external stakeholders and over a dozen city agencies to help the Mile High City progress toward achieving its 2020 Sustainability Goals. Prior to her role as a public servant, Jessie worked with the Alliance for Climate Education to educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action.
Jessie earned a Master of Science in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at the University of Missouri.
James is a Senior Associate with Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room’s Shipping Efficiency operation, where he leads engagement with maritime financial institutions on stranded assets and financial decision-making as well as works to identify financing for the industry’s efficiency solutions.
He joined Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room from his role as a Researcher at the Stranded Assets Programme, University of Oxford, where he led and contributed to work on investment risks in coal-based industries. His work on financial risk has been featured in publications globally and is incorporated in the investment strategies of major banks and investment firms. He has also worked with Oxford Microfinance Initiative, where he led the implementation of GIS-based systems to improve the social performance of MFI loans in Tanzania and Zambia.
James holds an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford. James also holds a BA Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude) and BM Cello Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Conservatory, respectively. Drawing on his diverse background, James continues to publish on financial risk. He also continues to perform in classical and folk settings.
Alisdair is a Senior Advisor to Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room and an expert contributor to media and analysts on maritime developments. He has over twelve years’ experience working in the marine and allied fuel and commodities markets, including six as a journalist.
Alisdair is a former Associate Publisher with Informa Group (owners of Lloyd's List) and a former director of Petromedia, where he founded the highly regarded environmental news and information site SustainableShipping.com. He is also co-founder of Blue Communications, an agency whose mission is to bring new strategic intelligence to reputation management and public affairs in industries that must alter perceptions of their economic and social value.
Alisdair has extensive contacts and networks within these industries, spanning international media to government and regulatory bodies, and has lobbied at the highest level, where he has been responsible for driving positive change within the marine industry. He has pioneered the development of powerful and farsighted public relations platforms in the marine, energy and environmental sectors, achieving major breakthroughs in reputation for clients and influencing policy on key industry issues.
Mike has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for over 30 years, is the Executive Director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the Trucking Efficiency Operations for Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room. Mike’s specialty is brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale. He has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.
Mike served as Chairman of the Board for the Truck Manufacturers Association, Board member of the Automotive Industry Action Group. He currently serves on the second National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles and is a Department of Energy Merit Reviewer for the SuperTruck programs. He understands the customers, operations and intricacies of the commercial vehicle industry having held various positions in product development, engineering, reliability, quality, sales, materials and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeRoeth.
Isaac works in the Sustainable Aviation practice with Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, joining the organization after completing an MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University.
Prior to business school, Isaac spent three years as a research analyst with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm. He gained expertise in performing econometric and statistical modeling to support analyses used in consulting services for corporate, government, and NGO clients, expert witness testimony, and thought leadership. His work covered a wide range of industries and practice areas including: renewable energy, agricultural and resource economics, electric utility energy efficiency and demand response programs, and environmental and high-tech intellectual property damages assessment. Isaac's experience also includes serving as an internal consultant with The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Investments Department, where he analyzed the business operations challenges and finance barriers facing sustainable fisheries on the West Coast.
Based in New York, Bianca Wachtel is responsible for executing program marketing for Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room's Shipping Efficiency, Trucking Efficiency, Sustainable Aviation, and Mobility programs. In previous roles at Carbon War Room, Bianca served as an Executive Assistant to the President and COO José Maria Figueres, as well as Global Projects Associate in London.
Bianca worked has worked at communications agencies in both New York and Melbourne, managing national and global clients, before joining the Communications team at Virgin Unite, the non-profit Foundation of Virgin Group From there, she transitioned to the Carbon War Room. Bianca holds Bachelor and Master degrees, majoring in communications and minoring in political science and international affairs.
Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have teamed up to radically reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industries and in doing so mitigate the near term climate effects of this potent greenhouse gas. Richard Ward directs the Global Methane Program bringing a breadth of industry and international experience to the role, as well as a demonstrated skill in leading change across complex geographically dispersed organizations.
Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, Rich led the Sustainability function for Cairn India responsible for one third of India’s oil and gas production. Before joining Cairn, Rich led the Sustainability Function for a major international drilling company working in 23 nations with over 1000 rigs and 28,000 workers. In Washington DC, Rich gained policy experience as an advisor to the UN Foundation and as the Executive Director of the Aspen Energy Initiative where he led a multilateral program that combined the interests of NGOs, industry and government to optimize the environmental potential of natural gas in North America. Before moving to DC, Rich spent 10 years with Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands where he was responsible for leading a major overhaul and cultural transformation of Shell’s Environmental and Safety Function. In earlier roles, Rich led Shell’s “Factor 4” efficiency effort; he managed CO2 accounting, assurance and reporting for the corporation; and he led change as an organizational effectiveness consultant. Prior to joining Shell, Rich gained broad field experience as a senior environmental manager in Arabia and as an exploration geologist and hydrogeologist in the US.
Richard earned a master's in Executive Leadership at the IMD Business School in Lausanne Switzerland, an M.S. in Applied Earth Science at Stanford University, and a B.S. in Geology at Stanford University.
In 2010, Katya joined Virgin Unite, the charitable foundation of the Virgin Group, and worked researching companies committed to sustainable initiatives for Richard Branson’s book Screw Business As Usual. This stimulated her interest in environmental causes and prompted her move to Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room, where she is a Project Manager for the Islands Energy Program, the third of her roles with the organization. Over the course of her tenure, Katya has acquired invaluable experience supporting CWR Operations, and she has a deep knowledge of all the key pieces that are integral to the implementation and success of a strategy.
Katya has travelled through most of the world, and her ambition is to make a difference for the better in society. She is still an active member of KIDS young people’s fundraising committee, and volunteers her time to Crisis as well as other nonprofit initiatives.
Katya was brought up in London, where she was educated at the French Lycee and is a native speaker of English, French, and Croatian, and also competent in Spanish. In 2004, Katya took her Baccalauréat in economics and social sciences and then attended UCL to complete a degree in East European studies including a year at the University of Zagreb in her native Croatia.