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 lead for TPI. 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.

Shafaq Ashraf

Shafaq is as a research assistant for the Climate Action 100+ project at TPI. Before joining TPI Shafaq has worked on different projects focused on environmental sustainability in urban, rural and agricultural context with the Asian Development Bank and Oxfam GB. Shafaq, did a BSc (Honors) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and completed a Masters in Global Development from Queen Mary, University of London. Shafaq also completed a summer semester at London School of Economics during her bachelors.

Nikolaus Hastreiter

Nikolaus is a researcher for the 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.

Johannes Honneth

Johannes works on the ASCOR project which involves researching climate risk for countries and developing a framework for assessing these risks for sovereign bonds. Before joining TPI Johannes worked at the 2°C Investing Initiative e.V. as Junior Analyst and Research Intern where he conducted research on how central banks approach climate change risks. At the Institute for the World Economy, he investigated carbon budgets and how they can be manipulated with negative emissions. Johannes also deepened his quantitative skills at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he contributed to time-series forecasting. Johannes holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Munich (LMU) and the University of Bologna and B.Sc. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Cologne.

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.

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.

Tess Sokol-Sachs

Tess is a researcher at the TPI contributing to cross-sector carbon performance assessments and methodology development. Before joining TPI, Tess worked as a consultant at Deloitte on their Sustainability and ESG services team in Colorado where she advised corporates on ESG risk management and climate scenario planning. Tess also completed an internship at the International Energy Agency where she carried out analysis appraising global energy efficiency policies. Tess graduated with a Distinction from the MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change program at the London School of Economics.

Rhoda Byrne

Rhoda joined the TPI 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.

Dan Gardiner

Dan is a researcher for TPI 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.