Fletcher students who select IERP courses are prepared for careers as policy practitioners, business professionals, and academics in diverse fields across a broad range of sectors, working both nationally and internationally. Here are just a few of their stories:
|Cristiana Pasca Palmer F'14 Executive Secretary of Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity
Christiana completed her PhD thesis on Growing The Green Economy In Transition Economies: The Case Of Eco-Entrepreneurship For Born-Green Firms In Romania
in 2014. Prior to her appointment at the U.N. she was the Minister of Environment, Waters & Forests of Romania
|Keerthana Chandrashekar, F'16, Energy Economist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
"In my current role, I provide support to the Commission to implement statewide energy policies. My main areas of focus are Distributed Generation, Grid Modernization, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Policy. A critical part of my role is providing engineering and economic research along with conferring with local, state and federal agencies in the government. The interdisciplinary nature of the Fletcher degree enabled me to develop the relevant skills that qualify me to work on pertinent energy policy issues."
|Min Soo Kim, F'16, Division of Country Programming at the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
"I mainly work on the country side, providing operational support for the country readiness programs and drafting Country Program Briefs. The Country Readiness Programs are funding provided to countries’ National Designated Authorities or Focal Points, usually the ministry in charge of implementing climate change work, to make sure that they are “ready” to receive the funding from GCF to utilize the funding for their priority projects. Fletcher definitely prepared me well for this role, as I look at countries’ climate change agenda individually while understanding the regional and global context for such agenda."
| Alex Schulte, F'16, Director of Operations at BlueWave Renewables, MA
"I will be working on scaling up their community solar and residential solar loan products. I’m excited by the opportunity to work on building out a new business model, and look forward to adding a bit of operational experience to my consulting background."
|Lisa Tessier, F'16, Analyst in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at Castalia Strategic Advisors, DC
"After studying Climate Change, Energy, Economics and Finance at Fletcher, I joined Castalia advisors in DC as an Analyst. As an infrastructure development consulting firm, Castalia works primarily for development banks and governments internationally. My job allows me to apply what I learnt at Fletcher by carrying out economic and financial analyses of renewable energy projects and policies in Francophone Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean."
|Kartikeya Singh, 2016 PhD Candidate, Science, Technology & Policy Fellow, Asian Affairs Office, U.S. Department of Energy
"I work across the Department of Energy and with U.S. inter-agency representatives, foreign governments, the private sector, and civil society in energy- and climate-focused technology, policy, and regulatory engagement with countries in the South Asia and Southeast Asia regions. Part of my role is also identifying opportunities and developing ideas on how to advance U.S. Government and DOE priorities through international engagement on energy issues with all available resources. Kartikeya went on to a PostDoc at the Center for Global development before accepting the position of Deputy Director & Fellow of the India program at CSIS where he works on energy."
|Katie Walsh, F'14, International Business Relations, Environment & Resource Policy
Manager of the Cities program for North America at CDP
"I work with municipalities on reporting on their sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation/ resiliency strategies. As part of a global NGO, I contribute to the organization's strategic thinking on engaging cities all over the world on their sustainable planning and development efforts. This work is crucial because cities serve as some of the leading emitters of ghg emissions and are also experiencing the wide ranging effects of climate change. I am passionate about this work because cities are well positioned to develop robust mitigation efforts and adapt to more frequent and extreme weather. By working with city leaders from all over the U.S. and Canada, I am improving management to minimize risks and maximize opportunities from climate change."
|Geoff Finger, F'13, International Environmental and Resource Policy, International Business Relations
Environmental Cooperation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State
Geoff manages bilateral environmental cooperation in collaboration with the USFS, DOI, EPA, DOJ, and NGOs supported by free trade agreements with Oman, Morocco, Jordan, and Chile. He is currently at State as a contractor with the ATSG corporation. At Fletcher he studied international environmental and resource policy, international business relations, and was chair of the 2013 Tufts Energy Conference.
|Emily Chessin, F'13, Energy & Environmental Policy, International Business
Consultant with Meister Consultants Group (MCG)
"I started as a Fellow with MCG in July 2013 and was brought on as a Consultant in January 2014. I'm working on clean energy all the time on projects that range from the City to State level, to the Federal and International level. Thus far, I’ve worked on projects for the City of Boston, Mass Clean Energy Center, UN Environment Program, the Department of Energy, the International Energy Agency-Renewable Energy Transformation and Deployment, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States. So, I would say I've landed in a good place. Who knew work like this existed in Boston!"
|Gao Hairan, F'12 GMAP
Deputy Director and Assistant Professor, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC)
Founded in 2012, the NCSC is a national institute of strategic studies and a window of international collaboration and exchange for addressing climate change. One of the main international focuses of NCSC now is China-U.S. relations on climate change and South-South cooperation on climate change. Prof. Gao is currently a key member of a project that aims to design the concrete activities and steps forward in the area of climate change under the broad framework of new models of major power relations.
|Lauren Gritzke, F'12, Project Manager, Global Climate Change Initiative at U.S. State Department|
|Lasse Eisgruber, F'12, International Affairs, Energy & Environmental Policy
Global Supply Chain Strategy Specialist, Siemens Wind Power
"At Siemens Wind Power I am responsible for driving strategic initiatives that make our supply chain more efficient and market oriented. This for instance includes the development and implementation of a strategy to handle requirements imposed by some governments to localize part of our supply chain (so called “local content requirements”). My education at Fletcher has ideally prepared me for that job. First, I acquired a set of tools that enable me to find effective business solutions for markets with complex regulatory environments. Second, I learned to successfully collaborate in cross-cultural teams. This is vital for my projects in which I work closely together with colleagues from the Americas, China, and Denmark."
|Halla Hrund Logadottir, F'11, Economics and Renewable Energy
Director, Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University
"I did not intend to study energy when I started my MALD, but I chose Fletcher for the breadth and flexibility it offered. This gave me great freedom to follow my emerging interests and my thesis was an entrance ticket into the energy world. As important as the academic recognition of the degree has been the Fletcher network. It has been important in my career development and also where I first met some of my best friends."
|Tillman Liebert, F'10, Policy Officer at the European Commission - Directorate General for Climate Action, International Carbon Market, Aviation & Maritime Unit|
|Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya, F’02
As President of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Kaddu Sebunya helps protect elephants and other animals that are endangered by poaching, deforestation, conflicts with farmers and diseases that spread from people to animals. He focuses on advancing a clear policy agenda for wildlife as part of Africa’s future, ensuring the continent’s blueprint for development and growth includes space and protections for Africa’s natural heritage. According to Sebunya, “The continent is undergoing a profound change, and we must help to guide this change so it benefits Africa’s people and wildlife.”
Sebunya says that his diplomacy skills that he learned at Fletcher have prepared him to work with international organizations, corporations, and governments to help achieve the mission of AWF.
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|Anna Schulz, F'17, Climate Diplomacy Specialist, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), South Korea
Anna Schulz received her PhD from Fletcher in July 2017. Her research addressed the legal frameworks governing transboundary watercourses, with a particular interest in how the evolution and structure of water law norms affects efforts to build adaptive capacity into transboundary water regimes.
|Sydney Stevns, F’17
Sydney-Johanna (Sydney) Stevns is a Country Analyst II for the NDC Partnership Support Unit at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC. Her portfolio covers Asia and parts of Latin America, and serves as the team expert on these countries’ climate change goals and projects. Her work focuses on tracking in-country developments and identifying opportunities for collaboration to help countries exceed their climate change and sustainable development ambitions.
|Andy Tirrell, F’17
Andrew Tirrell received both his MALD and PhD from Fletcher. He is an assistant professor in the department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego. He teaches Politics and the Environment, International Environmental Governance, Law of the Sea, and International Relations. His research focuses on environmental justice, natural resource management, sustainable development, marine policy, and the Arctic.