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Ilmi Granoff

Research Associate

Portrait of Ilmi Granoff

Ilmi Granoff is a Senior Research Fellow at ODI leading the institute’s work on green growth. He is an attorney with over 15 years of experience and expertise in environmental law and policy, sustainable development, energy and infrastructure finance and public-private partnerships.

He recently served as the sole environmental and climate counsel at the African Development Bank, where he advised the bank’s management, and was responsible for all legal issues related to climate, environmental and social matters for the bank’s portfolio throughout Africa. He also advised the Bank on various issues related to its multilateral climate funds, including the structuring of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa. He continues to advise the bank’s Climate & Environment Department on integration of green growth principles in the bank’s strategy, operations, and policy support to member countries.

Prior to this, he served for five years as an associate in the energy and infrastructure finance practice of the international law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, providing commercially practical legal advice to governments, banks, companies and multilaterals. Ilmi’s practice focused on clean energy transactions and public private partnerships.

Ilmi has researched and published on sustainable development, international law, and conservation, particularly in Latin America. Ilmi holds graduate degrees in environmental science and international relations from Yale University, and received his juris doctor from New York University School of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree (High Honors) from Swarthmore College.

  1. Bonn update: climate talks should up the pace

  2. How to ensure a zero-carbon future


  3. Power generation alone won’t deliver energy to Africa’s poor

  4. Speaking truth to power: why energy distribution, more than generation, is Africa’s poverty reduction challenge

    Working papers

  5. How tackling climate change will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals


  6. Shale gas could make China’s growth cleaner, but concerns exist over level of political ambition to phase out coal and meet environmental standards – new report

    Press Release

  7. Can fracking green China’s growth?

    Research reports

  8. Targeting Zero Zero: achieving zero extreme poverty on the path to zero net emissions

    Working papers

  9. Private climate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: mapping incentives and investment

    Working papers

  10. Development & Climate days


  11. Countdown to zero-zero

  12. Review of literature on finance and policy interventions that support the environmental dimension of sustainable development

    Research reports

  13. Beyond the IPCC headlines: act now on climate change or pay a heavy price

  14. The development implications of the fracking revolution

    Working papers

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