The CFA Team
About Stacy Swann
Stacy Swann is the CEO and Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors. Ms. Swann has more than two decades of experience in finance, fund management and development, including with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she was Head of IFC’s Blended Finance Unit and was responsible for managing and investing more than $750 million in donor funding for climate-smart investments. While at IFC, she also supported World Bank Group efforts to work with policy makers and other financial institutions on issues related to blended finance, climate finance, climate-smart fiscal policies and incorporating practical policy and investment approaches to managing climate risk. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked in the private sector as a developer of infrastructure projects in India and Singapore.
In addition to running Climate Finance Advisors, Ms. Swann is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Board for the Montgomery County Green Bank, the United States’ first county-level green bank, and she sits on the Board of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE). She also helped establish the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group which has convened over 150 private investors and other stakeholders to discuss practical approaches to adaptation and resilience investment. In connection with Climate Finance Advisor’s work on climate risk and resilience, she is also interim Executive Director of the Climate Risk & Resilience Institute, a non-profit focused on advancing the understanding of climate risk with financial institutions, community banks and others through climate-risk education and knowledge products that can in turn catalyze climate-resilient financing.
Stacy holds an MBA in Finance and Development from American University, a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a BA from City University of New York – Hunter College.
About John Paul (“JP”) Moscarella
John Paul Moscarella (“JP”) is an entrepreneur, who has founded or co-founded four (4) companies, including: Emerging Energy & Environment (EEE), a fund management platform with approximately US$65 million in assets under management (AUM), and Econergy International (“Econergy”), a renewable developer with 260 MW (190 MW net) at the time of its sale in 2008 to GDF Suez (now Engie).
He was a leading executive for several clean energy companies, as well as a fund manager for two small private equity/venture capital funds. He has also served as a board director for over a dozen companies and organizations, including a current role as Board Director of the Latin America & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE). JP is a pioneer in the field of carbon credits and climate finance and has participated in its application since the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
He has raised capital for start-up companies and several private equity clean energy funds or specialized environmental carbon funds, for approximately US$800 million in total capital. Currently he is working on climate crowdfunding or fintech plays and recently has raised capital for clean energy start-ups in the USA, arranging seed financing and investing directly including community solar start-up Neighborhood Sun, ClearCove Systems (wastewater technology), and Brightfield Transportation Solutions (electric vehicle or EV charging stations).
JP received his MBA from Yale School of Management, and his BS in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. JP is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.
About Andrew Eil
Andrew Eil has worked since 2014 as a consultant with expertise in climate change and clean energy policy, international development, and sustainable investing. His recent clients include the World Bank, U.N. Environment Programme, ICF International, C40 Cities Leadership Group, Pisces Foundation, and Bloomberg LLP.
As Coordinator of Climate Change Assistance Programs at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 to 2014, he managed a $75 million portfolio of clean energy programs funded by the U.S. government’s Global Climate Change Initiative, designed to assist developing countries to accelerate their transition to low-carbon growth pathways. He focused on the global uptake energy efficiency technologies through the Clean Energy Ministerial, bilateral clean energy partnerships with India, China, and Russia, and efforts to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
Prior to joining the State Department, Andrew worked for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation on the World Bank Group’s clean energy strategy (2009-2010). From 2003 to 2007, as the Coordinator and Regional Director for Development at the Eurasia Foundation’s Central Asia regional office in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he managed a portfolio of more than 20 government- and privately-funded programs to promote civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and improved public administration in the former Soviet Union.
Andrew has a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in Russian history and literature from Harvard University. A Chartered Financial Analyst level II candidate, he speaks Russian, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, and is a contributor to the Observer.
About Alan Miller
Alan Miller is a lawyer and an internationally recognized authority on climate finance and policy. His clients include a UNDP project supporting modernization of weather observation systems in 11 African LDCs; a US AID program on the economics of climate change; and helping produce a World Bank publication on energy access. In 2014 he retired from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) after 16 years in the World Bank working on climate change issues including 6 years in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat. His responsibilities included representing the IFC/WBG in international forums focused on climate change and green growth including meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, G8, and the G20. He was a frequent blogger on climate change topics, organized courses for IFC staff on climate change, and contributed to numerous publications on climate change and green growth. He is also an Associate with Acclimatise UK; and Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute.
Prior to joining the IFC in 2003 Alan was for six years Climate Change Team Leader at the GEF Secretariat managing policies and approval of over $1 billion in donor funding for clean energy projects in more than 70 developing countries. He previously created and directed the Center for Global Change at the University of Maryland (1989-96) and served on the staffs of the World Resources Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Law Institute. His degrees are from Cornell University (A.B., Government 1971) and University of Michigan (J.D. and M.P.P. 1974). He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia (1977) and Japan (1987).
About Yan Fan
Yan Fan is passionate about the role of private investment in delivering sustainable economic development and climate resilient future. While working at CFA since 2017, he contributed to the research on private investment for resilience in selected developing countries, developed and reviewed financial models, and drafted research report on climate risks. He also worked in a team of 4 to provide consulting work for AECOM to create business case for infrastructure resiliency in coastal cities.
Prior to joining CFA, Yan served as a government sponsored secondment trainee at UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg, Germany from 2015 to 2016, where he engaged in developing UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) online case studies to facilitate universal lifelong learning and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also interned at McKinsey & Company and China Banking Regulatory Commission. Exposures in various sectors enriched his understanding of the contemporary world.
He is expected to receive a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a focus on International Economics and Energy, Resource and Environment (ERE) in May 2018. Yan holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
About Pamela Wexler
Pamela Wexler is an attorney with decades of experience advising decisionmakers on global challenges. Her expertise combines a deep, cross-sectoral understanding of energy and development with program design, project management and strategic assessment.
As a university-based researcher and later an independent consultant, Pamela conceived, secured funding for, and directed complex, multidisciplinary investigations on both broad policy concepts and highly technical content – everything from geothermal energy and coal-to-gas conversion to the impact of policy interventions on technology commercialization. Her recommendations have helped shape international institutions such as the Global Environment Facility, policy tools such as emissions trading, and voluntary programs including U.S. EPA’s Energy Star and Climate Leaders. She has organized large-scale events around the world, and delivered media products in every format conceivable, from white paper to op-ed, to testimony and tweet.
Pamela holds a BA in Chinese and South Asian History from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.
About Ricardo “Rick” Nogueira
Ricardo “Rick” Nogueira consults on climate finance and climate change policy, international development, and sustainable investing. Most recently Rick completed a tour at the U.S. Department of State with the Obama administration where he served as a Senior Adviser to the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change. As State’s GCF lead, Rick oversaw all GCF related matters including initial resource mobilization, institution building, strategy and public outreach. Rick also represented the U.S. on the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the largest multilateral climate fund, serving on both the Private Sector Advisory Group Committee and the Strategic Plan Working Group.
Prior to government service, Rick spent 10 years in private sector fund management with a focus on carbon markets and clean energy. His most recent role was as a Managing Director at EEA Fund Management, where he founded Leaf Clean Energy Company, a $400 million publicly-listed clean energy investment private equity fund that built a portfolio of investments across a variety of sectors including wind power, solar panel manufacturing, Brazilian biofuels, biomass power, LFG capture, waste-to-energy, concentrated solar and hydro power. Previously Rick oversaw the Latin American portfolio for Trading Emissions plc (TEP), a $600MM AUM emerging markets-focused publicly traded investment fund with invested equity and mezzanine debt in renewable and low-carbon businesses as well as in greenhouse gas emissions trading markets.
Earlier in his career, Rick practiced law with a focus on energy transactions and climate policy. He spent five years as a senior associate at Washington D.C.’s Van Ness Feldman and three years in São Paulo (Brazil) with Felsberg & Associados.
Rick holds a BA in Anthropology from Lafayette College and a JD from Seton Hall School of Law. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and capable in Spanish.
About Lauren Carter
Lauren is an independent climate finance specialist who works with governments, development finance institutions and private investors to develop and scale climate-smart strategies and investments around the world.
Lauren served as the Director of Climate Finance Initiatives for a boutique climate finance advisory in Morocco where she guided the government’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund and other sources of climate finance. Working with government ministries, she developed a pipeline of bankable climate projects across the low-carbon transport, renewable energies, energy efficiency, agriculture and land use sectors. Lauren is also a specialist in private sector accreditation to the Green Climate Fund. During COP 22 and 23, Lauren acted as a climate finance advisor for the Moroccan COP 22 Presidency and launched COP’s first official private finance event, the Global Climate Finance Action Summit. Earlier in her career, Lauren worked in the field on climate adaptation challenges as an Agriculture and Environmental Advisor with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa and in the private sector as a hedge fund analyst.
Lauren received her MBA from HEC Paris and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas – Austin. She is fluent in French.
About James O’Connor
James O’Connor is a consultant for the U.S. government as well as several private equity groups, family offices, and hedge funds. In his work, James focuses on encouraging economic prosperity through investment facilitation and promoting sound economic policy. He has expertise in deal structuring, accessing international capital markets, and emerging and frontier market investing.
From 2014-2015, James managed the $40 million Direct Technical Assistance fund of the Interamerican Investment Corporation to increase business opportunities, strengthen SMEs, and encourage clean energy and energy efficient projects throughout Latin America.
James previously worked with the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations of the U.S. Department of Defense to facilitate investment in private companies in Afghanistan. James’s work was instrumental in bringing return-seeking capital to Afghan businesses in a variety of sectors.
After beginning his career at UBS, he worked on EU-U.S. trade and economic relations at the European Parliament, he founded and led the Global Business and Economics Program at the Atlantic Council during the nadir of the 2008 financial crisis, and was also an MBA-intern at Atico Investimentos of Brazil with a focus on electricity producing asset acquisition.
James has an MBA in finance from Boston University and a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He is a candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (currently Level III), and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and French.