Helen Mountford

Clean Growth Panel
Washington, DC

Helen Mountford is Vice President for Climate and Economics at WRI. The Climate
team helps policymakers, businesses and civil society in countries around the world and
through international collaboration identify and advance the deep structural shifts
needed to successfully address climate change. The Economics team supports work
across WRI by integrating an economics approach as appropriate to strengthen the
underlying analysis and impact of our work. Helen is also Program Director for the New
Climate Economy (NCE) project, the flagship initiative of the Global Commission on the
Economy and Climate that provides independent and authoritative evidence on actions
which can both strengthen economic performance and reduce the risk of dangerous
climate change.
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 Master of Science degrees in Environmental Economics from University
College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne. She
has a BA in Philosophy and History.