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Helen Mountford

Helen Mountford is the Program Director for the New Climate Economy project and the Director of Economics at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Prior to joining WRI in May 2014, she was Deputy Director of Environment at the OECD. She started at OECD as an environmental economist in 1997, and was head of their work on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Development from 2006-2010. She led the OECD work on fossil fuel subsidies and on climate finance that were inputs to G20 Leader discussions in 2010 and 2011, and contributed to the 2012 G20 reports on green growth. She helped manage the 2001 and 2008 OECD Environmental Outlook reports, and worked on policy analysis of biodiversity incentive measures, water pricing, and market-based instruments. Her analysis on the economic crisis and green growth underpinned a 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth, adopted by Ministers of Finance and Economy. Prior to this, she managed a recycling company in the UK and worked for an environmental NGO in Australia. She has Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne.