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 Heinrich Böll Foundation

Liane Schalatek is the Associate Director of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America and has led the work on climate change finance for the past three years. She helped initiate Climate Funds Update in 2009. Liane has also framed normative issues related to climate finance contribution, and written extensively on the need to consider climate finance in a broader context that takes account of equity considerations as well development, environmental and social issues, including gender. Liane holds a M.A. in Political Science and Political Economy from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and a M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Research Officer

Sam Barnard is a Research Officer in the Climate and Environment Programme at ODI. His research focuses on the effectiveness of climate finance at the international level, and particularly on financing for urban climate responses. In the past, he worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington D.C., where he helped to coordinate the Foundation's dialogue-building programme on the German energy transition, as well as for Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano in Ecuador. Sam has a Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford


Senior Research Fellow

Smita Nakhooda is a Research Fellow in the Climate and Environment and Programme at ODI where she leads work on energy and low carbon development, and on international finance to help developing countries address climate change. She was previously a Senior Associate in the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute, where she led research and engagement programmes on the environmental impacts of development finance, and developed a program of work addressing governance of forests in the context of global efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. Smita holds a B.A from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies and Government, and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation. 

Alice Caravani
Research Officer

Alice Caravani is the principal Research Officer supporting Climate Funds Update, and has been involved with compiling and maintaining our data since 2009. In addition to climate finance, Alice’s research interests include trade-offs between economic growth and environmental protection in developing countries and economic evaluation of environmental projects and policies. Alice has a background in Development Economics, and a Masters in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 
Senior Research Officer

Charlene Watson is a Senior Research Officer within the Climate and Environment Programme at ODI where her work focuses on the flows, sources and instruments of climate finance at both the national and international level, with an emphasis on the issues related to forests, land use, and conservation. Charlene’s experience spans academia, multilateral institutions and NGOs, and has centred on forest conservation and the challenges of reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation, forest conservation, sustainable forest management and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). Charlene holds BA from Cambridge University, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysing REDD+ in Ethiopia.