Research team

Members of the TPI team at the Grantham Research Institute, LSE.

Simon Dietz

Professor Simon Dietz is the research lead for TPI at LSE. He is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Research Associate of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, a CESifo Research Network Fellow, a Principal consultant at Vivid Economics, co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Beata Bienkowska

Beata is the deputy research lead and project coordinator for Transition Pathway Initiative. Beata has over 12 years’ experience working across the public sector on national level and EU institutions, and academia. Most recently, she served as a Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Accelerator leading the Innovators for Change Acceleration Programme. Prior to this, her focus was on developing policies and dialogues, and supporting businesses in the area of energy and climate and economics while working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European External Action Service. She holds a postgraduate degree in energy and economics from the Warsaw School of Economics.

Valentin Julius Jahn

Valentin is Lead Research Analyst and TPI CA100+ Project Lead. Previously he has worked at a health consultancy in Germany and an investment bank in Peru. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Bayreuth and a MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from Imperial College.

Michal Nachmany

Michal is an independent advisor to TPI. Formerly lead of the work on the Grantham Research Institute’s structured datasets and tools, she managed the TPI team between 2018-2020, and led the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project between 2013-2020. Michal holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. She also has an MA (cum laude) in Energy Policy and Management from the University of Haifa, and an LLB in Law as well as an MBA (specialising in finance) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the founder of Climate Policy Radar, utilising machine learning and AI to support evidence-based decision making.

Nikolaus Hastreiter

Nikolaus is a researcher for the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). He mostly contributes to the assessments of companies based on their carbon performance and to the development of sectoral methodologies. Prior to joining TPI, he worked as a consultant at Deloitte in the Sustainability and ESG services team and as an ESG analyst at Vigeo Eiris. Nikolaus graduated with a Distinction and the Best Overall Performance Prize in the MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He also holds a Franco-German Double Degree in Political and Social Sciences from Sciences Po Bordeaux and the University of Stuttgart.

Dan Gardiner

Dan is an researcher for the Transition Pathway Initiative who helped developed the methodology to assess the carbon performance of the oil and gas sector. He also works as an equity analyst at Edison Investment research where he specialises in technology and sustainability topics and has experience as a sell-side analyst at numerous firms including Deutsche Bank and Arete. He holds a First Class MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial. 

Rhoda Byrne

Rhoda joined the Transition Pathway Initiative in 2018 and currently leads the research work on the aviation and shipping sectors. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation, with distinction, from London School of Economics. Rhoda also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining the TPI team, she worked in the not-for-profit sector, in a variety of consulting and management roles. Rhoda’s background is in professional services. She is a qualified chartered accountant and spent ten years working in a Big Four firm in management consulting and advisory services.

Antonina Scheer

Antonina is a researcher on the TPI team. Prior to joining the Transition Pathway Initiative, Antonina interned at the Climate Bonds Initiative, assisting research on green bond issuers’ use of proceeds reporting. She has also worked at the International Renewable Energy Agency, primarily on data collection for long-term electricity system modelling of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an Honours BSc in Environmental Sciences from McGill University and graduated with Distinction from the MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford. She received the ECM Dissertation Publication Prize in order to publish her research on labour econometrics and Just Transition in Alberta, Canada.

Vitaliy Komar

Vitaliy is a researcher at the TPI, primarily focused on carrying out company carbon performance assessments and contributing to TPI’s methodology development. He also liaises with the initiative’s partners. Before joining TPI Vitaliy has worked at the Carbon Trust Green Finance team supporting financial institutions with impact reporting across various asset classes, and helping organisations explore climate related target setting.  Previously Vitaliy also worked with the 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, researching the regulatory landscape of responsible retail investing in Europe. Vitaliy holds an MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from the Imperial College Business School, as well as a BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics from the LSE. In his spare time Vitaly also co-leads Finance for a Sustainable Future – a social enterprise focused on improving sustainability skills among junior finance professionals.