Climate Finance Advisors brings together a number of experts to support our work on blended finance and green investments, climate risk and resilience, and climate-smart policy.
About Stacy Swann
Stacy Swann is passionate about the issue of climate change. She has close to two decades of experience in finance, fund management and development, including with the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank and one of the leading investors and lenders into emerging markets promoting sustainable private sector investment in developing countries.
While at IFC, Stacy was Head of IFC’s Blended Finance unit where she was responsible for managing and investing more than $750 million in donor funding for climate-smart investments, including managing the investment team that structured, negotiated and executed investments on behalf of donors, thereby “blending” public and private capital. In establishing the Blended Finance Unit, she also led the development of IFC’s corporate polices for blending public funds across all sectors, including approaches to structuring concessional investments effectively to maximize private capital while creating meaningful impact. She also supported World Bank Group efforts to work with policy makers on issues related to 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.
Stacy is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Board for the Montgomery County Green Bank, the United States’ first county-level green bank, seeking to blend public and private capital to catalyze clean energy and energy efficiency investments throughout the region it serves. She is a co-founder of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group which has convened over 150 private investors and other stakeholders to discuss practical approaches to financing adaptation and resilience investment. She is also a coach to finalists of the Finance for Resilience (FiRe) Awards, a platform to crowdsource and champion new ideas to accelerate finance for climate-smart, resilient investments, including clean energy, low-carbon infrastructure, and sustainable cities.
Ms. Swann holds an MBA in finance and development economics from American University’s Kogod School of Business, a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree from The City University of New York/Hunter College.
About Lori Kerr
Lori Kerr is passionate about harnessing private capital to help address important economic, social and environmental development challenges. With almost two decades of leadership in international development and investment banking, she recently served as Chief of Corporate Affairs at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and held a variety of senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
While at the IDB, she was the private sector focal point for the Climate Investment Funds and chair of a committee that reviewed climate change projects for co-financing from a concessional financing fund. Previously as a senior investment officer focusing on renewable energy, Lori led the origination, analysis, structuring, negotiation, and execution of limited and non-recourse project finance, corporate finance and guarantee transactions. As an advisor to the Vice President of Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, she led a variety of strategic initiatives aimed to support the expansion and development impact of the IDB’s private sector activities. While at the IIC, she chaired the Portfolio Supervision Committee that oversaw the status/performance of IIC’s loan and equity portfolio and was a member of Credit Committee that reviewed risk/return of proposed loans and investments.
Lori holds an International MBA in Finance and Economics from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada. She also has an Honours Bachelor in Economics and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Lori is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where she teaches International Project Finance and Investment.
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 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 Brandon Yeh
Brandon Yeh is a Research Associate at Climate Finance Advisors. Prior to joining CFA, he has interned with the US Department of Treasury at the Office of Environment and Energy, and at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), Office of Energy and Environmental Industries. In 2012, He also worked for a Chinese environmental non-profit organization based in Western China delivering biogas technologies to rural residents. He is a recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he earned a Masters Degree in International Economics and Energy, Resources & Environmental (ERE) Policy. He spent his first two semesters at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center – a SAIS satellite campus in Nanjing China. Brandon received his B.A. from the University of Oregon.