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Irving Mintzer

Irving Mintzer

Senior Research Scholar


Irving Mintzer is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Financial Policy and a Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland (College Park). He is the Director of the Initiative on Closing the Investment Gap in Sustainable Infrastructure, a developing country-focused project that is designed to enhance financial sector capacity and promote private sector investment in developing countries. Irving has consulted on climate finance for the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, the UNFCCC, and major international corporations. His principal research focus is on risk and the challenges of investing in climate-smart sustainable infrastructure in both industrial and developing countries. He is also actively engaged in research on the links between the impacts of climate change and national security. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Mintzer was a professor in the Energy, Resources, and Environment Program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Mintzer was a founding lead author in the IPCC and has been involved in the UN Climate Change Negotiations since 1988. He has been an invited observer at 24 of the first 26 COPs of the UNFCCC. He has also been a consultant on climate finance and climate policy to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, to the UNFCCC, UNEP, UNDP, and UNITAR as well as to the World Bank, GEF, the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and various international corporations including SwissRe, Shell International, TEPCO, ARAMCO, CEMEX, and A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Mintzer earned an MBA in Applied Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976, and a PhD in Energy and Resources in 1983, also from UC Berkeley.

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