Faculty

Coronavirus COVID-19 information:
Owing to the global health crisis the 2020 iteration of the Climate-related Financial Risk Course has been postponed. Whilst unfortunate we have made this decision with the safety and security of students, staff and faculty in mind.

The course is designed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and the content is underpinned by their research, academics and networks. The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world's best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. It was established in 2012 at the University of Oxford to align the theory and practice of finance and investment with global environmental sustainability. The Course Director is:

Dr Ben Caldecott

Dr Ben Caldecott

Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a Supernumerary Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute (GFI) and the COP26 Strategy Advisor for Finance based out of the Cabinet Office.

He has conceived and initiated a number of initiatives related to sustainable finance. Ben founded and co-chairs the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), an alliance of global research universities promoting rigorous and impactful academic research on sustainable finance. He established and leads the Sustainable Finance Theme at The Alan Turing Institute and initiated the Spatial Finance Initiative, which aims to mainstream geospatial capabilities enabled by space technology and data science into financial decision-making globally. He co-founded the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), which is examining the legal basis for directors and trustees to consider, manage, and report on climate change-related risk, and the circumstances in which they may be liable for failing to do so.

He currently serves on the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee and the UK Department for International Trade's Export Guarantees Advisory Council. In his capacity as a Member of the UK Green Finance Taskforce, he chaired its Workstream on Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) Implementation.

Previous speakers on the course have included:

  • Bob Litterman, Senior Partner and Chairman of Risk Committee, Kepos Capital and former head of risk, Goldman Sachs
  • Dr Nicole Röttmer, CEO, The CO-Firm
  • Dr Friederike (Fredi) Otto, Acting Director, Environmental Change institute and Associate Professor, University of Oxford
  • Dr Jakob Thomä, Director, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Ellie Mulholland, Director, Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative
  • Dr Matthew McCarten, Spatial Finance Lead, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford