Gernot Wagner

Lead Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Gernot Wagner serves as Lead Senior Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund. Teaches energy economics as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Wrote Climate Shock, joint with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman and published by Princeton University Press (2015), and But will the planet notice?, published by Hill & Wang/Farrar Strauss & Giroux (2011). Served on the editorial board of the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy, and the environment. Worked for the Boston Consulting Group, focused on energy and climate.

Holds a joint bachelor’s magna cum laude with highest honours in environmental science, public policy, and economics, and a master’s and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s in economics from Stanford. Is a Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, Siripanth Nippita, a gynecologist at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and their two young children, Annan and Sonja.

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