Members of LIFE VIIEW 2050 Advisory Board:
- Jos Delbeke, EIB Chair on Climate Policy and International Carbon Markets at the European University Institute
- Simone Borghesi, Director of FSR Climate
- Wojciech Burkiewicz, Deputy Director in the EU Economic Department, The Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland
- Karsten Neuhoff, leads the Climate Policy Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
- Artur Runge-Metzger, former Director, European Commission, Brussels
- Antonio Soria, Head of Unit Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Transport at the European Commission, JRC
- Stefano F. Verde, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Siena
Dr Jos Delbeke holds the first EIB Chair on Climate Policy and International Carbon Markets at the European University Institute and was previously Director-General of the European Commission’s DG for Climate Action (2010-2018). Jos Delbeke was involved in setting the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030, and in developing EU legislation on the Emissions Trading System (ETS), cars and fuels, air quality, emissions from big industrial installations and chemicals (REACH). He developed Europe’s International Climate Change strategy and was the European Commission’s chief negotiator at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, playing a key role in the EU’s implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and in negotiations on the Paris Agreement.
Dr Simone Borghesi, Director of FSR Climate, the research group on climate change of the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute, and Full Professor of Economics at the University of Siena. He is President of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE). He is also Secretary General of the Policy Outreach Committee of EAERE, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He received a M.Sc. in Economics at University College London (1996) and a Ph.D. in Economics at the European University Institute (2001). He worked at the International Monetary Fund, Washington (1998), at the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, Milan (1999) and as Assistant Professor at the University of Pescara (2004-2008). He has been visiting scholar at INRA – Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique, Grenoble (2013), at the Department of Land Economy of the University of Cambridge (2015) and at the Center of Economic Research of the ETH, Zurich (2016).
Mr. Wojciech Burkiewicz, Deputy Director in the EU Economic Department since 2018, is responsible for assisting Polish EU Sherpa in areas of climate and energy. He was graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, where he specialized in econometrics and in international affairs. In 2004 he has joined Polish European Office (currently a part of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister). He has worked on providing analyses and advises to Polish government in the negotiations of the New Financial Perspectives 2007-2013, the Treaty of Lisbon, climate-energy package 2013-2020, EU’s position for the global climate negotiations (COP 15) and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. He was also posted to Polish Embassy in London where he headed Economic Section.
Dr Karsten Neuhoff, leads the Climate Policy Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and is Professor at the Institute for Economics and Law of Technical University Berlin. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University and Master in Physics from Heidelberg University. His research focus on the economics and financing of a low-carbon transformation in the power, industry and building sector. He investigates how policies and markets can be designed to achieve carbon neutrality. In research and advice projects for national governments, EU Commission and international organizations and as board member of the research network Climate Strategies he brings together multi-disciplinary teams and engages stakeholders to enhance quality, relevance, and uptake of the research. He (co-)authored the books “Planetary Economics: Energy, Climate Change and the three domains of sustainable development” and “Climate Policy after Copenhagen – The Role of Carbon Pricing.”
Dr Artur Runge-Metzger, former Director, European Commission, Brussels. Until his retirement in early 2021, his responsibilities covered international climate science in the context of the IPCC and international cooperation on modelling, developing domestic and international climate strategies, including the European Green Deal, 2030 climate target plan, EU Covid recovery and resilience program aiming at making the EU climate neutral by 2050. He oversaw the overall governance incl. monitoring progress of climate action in the EU, regulating greenhouse gas emissions from non-ETS sectors including buildings, road transport including decarbonising fuels, land use, land use change and forestry, waste, carbon capture, use and storage as well as supporting innovation and modernisation in the EU’s energy and industrial sectors, e.g. setting up the Innovation and Modernisation Fund. He served on the Board and Bureau of the European Environment Agency and the Steering Board of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) at the European Investment Bank. Until the conclusion of the Paris agreement in 2015, he led on international climate negotiations and climate strategy for the European Union. During this time, he co-chaired the Ad-hoc working group preparing the Paris agreement in 2013/14 and served as Vice-President of the UNFCCC Bureau from 2010-12. Until mid-2003, he occupied various Commission assignments in Sarajevo, Brussels and Harare. Until 1993, he conducted research at the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute in Ghana and lectured economics of agricultural development and natural resources at the Georg August University of Göttingen. He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics.
Dr Antonio Soria, Head of Unit Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Transport at the European Commission Joint Research Centre. He holds a PhD in Energy Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Msc in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia.
Dr Stefano F. Verde, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Siena. Before joining the University of Siena, he was Deputy Director of the Florence School of Regulation – Climate. He holds a BA in Economics (2006) from the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, an MSc in Economics (2007) from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and a PhD in Economics (2013) also from Trinity College Dublin.Verde is specialises in climate change policy, notably in carbon pricing instruments (emissions trading and carbon taxation), their implications both at the domestic and international level. More broadly, his research include public, environmental and energy economics. He has participated in several research projects, with (co-)leading roles in LIFE DICET (Deepening International Cooperation on Emissions Trading), LIFE SIDE (Supporting the Implementation and Development of the EU ETS), and FRESCO – the future of renewable energy communities.