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Dr Ben Caldecott is founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme and an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. He is a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Caldecott is also a Senior Advisor to the CEO and Chair of the UK Green Finance Institute and a Policy Associate at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he is a Director-level secondee in the Strategy Directorate.
Caldecott has been recognised as a leader in his field by the US Department of State and Who’s Who, and has been recognised as a ‘a leading thinker of the green movement’ by The Independent.
Ben Caldecott works at the intersection between finance, public policy, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain. Prior to joining the University of Oxford, he was a Vice President at investment bank Climate Change Capital, one of the early leading asset management and advisory firms focused on the net zero carbon transition, where he ran the firm’s research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Caldecott 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, as an Advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.
He has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the University of Oxford Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, ATLAS Infrastructure Partners Ltd, Impact Lens Ltd, the British Standards Institution (BSI), and the Green Alliance.
Ben Caldecott co-founded the Conservative Environment Network, a forum for conservatives who support conservation and decarbonisation, in 2008, and also established and led as chair the think tank Bright Blue's research programme on green conservatism.
Caldecott holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Oxford. He initially 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 an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, a Visiting Scholar at Peking University, and held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford, the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. Ben Caldecott is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. Ben is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.