Nadia Ameli is an experienced researcher on economic, finance and policy aspects of climate change and related energy issues. Since she started her PhD at Polytechnic University of Marche (ITA) and University of California, Berkeley (USA), and later at the OECD and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR), her works investigated questions related to financial barriers of low-carbon investments.
At UCL ISR, Nadia is currently leading the finance work of two Horizon2020 projects entitled GREEN-WIN and RIPPLES. Both projects focus on the cross-cutting role of finance in overcoming barriers to climate action, with a particular emphasis on exploring avenues for integrating climate public policies with a mainstream finance framework and system. While at UC Berkeley, together with Prof Daniel Kammen and Cisco DeVries (CEO of Renew Financial Group), she explored an innovative approach, namely the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), to link private funding to public financing mechanisms to facilitate citizen's access and affordability to low-carbon projects. Demonstrating the success and novelty of this scheme, PACE was awarded #1 World Changing Idea of 2009 by Scientific America.
Nadia is also bringing research insights into policymaking, and bringing practical experience to bear upon academic studies. Indeed, she has co-organised with 2° Investing Initiative (2ii) and HSBC, two workshops on climate finance in London, and supported the research work at several international public policy organisations, including the OECD, the European Commission (EC) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).