Ben Caldecott is a British environmentalist, economist, and commentator. Ben is a Programme Director at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, where he founded and directs the Stranded Assets Programme. He is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, government, civil society, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain. He has been recognised as a leader in his field by the US Department of State and Who’s Who, and as a ‘a leading thinker of the green movement’ by The Independent.
Ben has authored and edited a wide range of publications and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker (see details below). He is also a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the Green Alliance, Carbon Tracker Initiative, Natural Capital Declaration, and the University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee. Prior to joining the Smith School he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company’s research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Ben has previously worked as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.
Ben read economics and specialised in development and China at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Peking University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. Ben is also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society.
Selected media experience:
ABC Lateline, ABC News, ABC Radio National, Associated Press, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, Bloomberg, Business Week, CNBC, International Herald Tribune, Investments & Pensions Europe, Investors Chronicle, ITV, Metro, Ming Pao, Platts, Reuters, Sky News, The Age, The Atlantic, The Australian Financial Review, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Ecologist, The Economist, The Evening Standard, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Herald, The Huffington Post, The Independent, The Nation, The New York Times, The Scotsman, The South China Morning Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, The Times, The Week, and TIME Magazine.
Ben is an experienced public speaker and has given talks, speeches and keynotes to a variety audiences on a wide range of different topics related to the environment, sustainability, climate change, and finance. He is also an experienced chair/moderator and panellist. Selected speaking experience includes:
Accenture (London), Asian Development Bank (Shanghai), Bloomberg (London), Bloomberg New Energy Finance (London), Chatham House (London), Citigroup (Sydney), Climate & Development Knowledge Network (Nairobi, Singapore), Climate Policy Initiative (Venice), Edelman (London), Financial Times/International Finance Corporation Forum (Istanbul), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London), Friends of Europe (Brussels), Global Green Growth Forum (Copenhagen), Goldman Sachs (Melbourne, Sydney), Institution of Civil Engineers (London), International Energy Agency (Paris, London, Tokyo), Investor Group on Climate Change (Sydney), London School of Economics and Political Science (London), National Australia Bank (Melbourne), Norton Rose Fulbright (Melbourne), Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), Responsible Investment Association Australasia (Sydney, Melbourne), Royal Academy of Engineering (London), Royal Society for Asian Affairs (London), Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange (Shanghai), Standard Chartered (London), State Street Global Advisers (London), The Australian National University (Canberra), The British Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong), The Climate Group (Hong Kong), The Economist Conferences (London), The European Commission (Madrid), The Times CEO Summit (London), UBS (Amsterdam, Brussels), UK Trade & Investment (Stockholm, Trinidad and Tobago), University of Melbourne (Melbourne), University of Oxford (Oxford), University of Queensland (Brisbane), University of Sydney (Sydney), Wilton Park (Jakarta), and WWF (London).