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Sarah Colenbrander

Director, Climate and Sustainability programme

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Portrait of Sarah Colenbrander

Sarah is the Director of ODI's Climate and Sustainability programme. She leads a multi-disciplinary team focused on transforming agricultural, energy and urban systems to reach net-zero emissions, as well as mobilising the finance to achieve these transitions.

Sarah is an environmental economist by training, specialising in climate change mitigation in cities. Over the last fifteen years, she has supported policymakers across Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania and Latin America to develop low-carbon development and investment strategies. Questions of social and environmental justice are at the heart of all her research and advisory work.

Sarah has co-authored a wide range of academic papers, as well as reports for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN Environment and the World Bank. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford, University College London and the University of Manchester. Sarah holds a Masters in Environment and Development from Trinity College, Dublin.