Helen Mountford is the Director of Economics at WRI and the Program Director for the New Climate Economy (NCE) initiative. She works with a small team of economists to help support the WRI Signature Initiatives and Centers to integrate an economics angle as appropriate to strengthen the underlying analysis and impact of their work. The New Climate Economy is a major international initiative that provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. WRI is the managing partner of a group of 8 world-class research institutes supporting the NCE.
Helen previously worked as Deputy Director of Environment for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). She worked at OECD for over 16 years advising governments on policy reforms, and overseeing work on green fiscal reform, climate change finance and economics, fossil fuel subsidy reforms, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, and economy-environment outlooks and modelling. Prior to joining the OECD, Helen managed recycling schemes in England and worked for an NGO in Australia.
Helen holds Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne. She has a BA in Philosophy and History.