James is manager with RMI’s shipping team, where heads the Finance for Decarbonization Task Force responsible for delivering principles for decarbonization with a global network of financiers. James also supports the Rocky Mountain Institute’s SEED program, where he provides analysis on supply/demand mismatch in sub-Saharan African energy markets.
James is a thought leader on decarbonization. His work on investment risks/opportunities of climate change is incorporated into the strategies of some of the world’s largest funds and financiers. Work spanning multiple industries has been featured globally in publications including the Economist, Guardian, Singapore Business Times, Times of India, and many others.
James’s previous experience includes diverse roles across sustainable finance, east African microfinance, and local government. At the University of Oxford’s Sustainable Finance Programme, he produced research pricing climate-related risks, which supported the realignment of some of the world’s largest funds away from coal-related industries and provided the basis on which the financing policies of many power sector financiers were changed. Working at the Oxford Microfinance Initiative, he led the implementation of GIS-based systems to improve the social performance of MFI loans in Tanzania and Zambia. James was also the project manager for the greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Columbia, Missouri.
- MSc, Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
- BA, Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude), University of Missouri – Kansas City
- Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, Missouri