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Visiting Scholars

Alistair Barker

Visiting Scholar

Alistair is the Head of Portfolio Construction at AustralianSuper. AustralianSuper is the largest superannuation (pension) fund in Australia, with US$120bn in members’ assets and over US$12bn of net cash inflows annually. It is a defined contribution fund with members in both accumulation and pension phases and is run with the sole purpose of improving the retirement outcomes of its members. Alistair is a member of the leadership team of the Fund’s Investment Department and has been with AustralianSuper since 2008. He is responsible for the multi-asset class portfolios which the Fund’s members invest in. This includes the development of portfolio and long-term investment strategy and the oversight of key investment parameters such as return objectives, risk and liquidity. Alistair has a breadth of experience covering most asset classes and types of investment, both as a direct investor and asset manager, through to developing asset allocation strategy for multi-asset class portfolios.

Atif Ansar

Visiting Scholar

As a Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford, Atif’s research focuses on the cost, time, and benefit outcomes of major programmes and megaprojects. In collaboration with colleagues at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Stanford, and notable companies, Atif is pioneering research on technology, modularity, and artificial intelligence in major infrastructure and city projects. Atif is the Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) at Oxford Saïd and the Cohort Manager of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) of the UK Government for senior civil servants. Atif’s work—including co-authored pieces—has been published by Nature, Oxford University Press, International Journal of Project Management, Energy Policy, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and Journal of Economic Geography. Atif’s impact reaches beyond academia via extensive media engagement, policy advice to governments and multilateral institutions, and consulting with Fortune 500 companies. Atif completed his DPhil (PhD) in 2010. Studying at Brasenose College, Oxford University, he received the prestigious Clarendon Award from the Oxford University Press for his doctorate.

Ben Caldecott

Visiting Scholar
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is concurrently an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Advisor at SYSTEMIQ and a Policy Associate at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), where he is a director-level secondee in the Strategy Directorate providing advice on a range of policy issues, many of which are related to finance, investment, and market design. Ben holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Oxford. He initially read economics and specialised in development and China at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Peking University and held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford, the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. Ben is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.

Eric Knight

Past Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar

Eric Knight is Professor of Strategy Management at the University of Sydney Business School, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar visitor to Stanford University early 2020. His research area is organizational strategy, with a particular focus on the organizational processes and practices that underpin strategic change, innovation, and the management of conflicting demands. His research of financial institutions, in particular, has focused on how firms develop strategies to balance competing demands, such as between sustainability and profitability, with a specific interest in the role of technology in enabling these transitions. He has published in top-tiered international journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Studies, Economic Geography, and the Journal of Economic Geography. Eric is Program Chair of the Strategy Practice Interest Group at the Strategic Management Society, and serves in a leadership role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research – Enterprise & Engagement) at the University of Sydney.

Kim Wikström

Past Visiting Professor

Kim Wikström is professor (chair) in Industrial Management, with a specific focus on project business and industrial marketing at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University. Before returning to academia 1992, he worked in engineering and construction companies responsible for developing and implementing project management and governance processes in large energy and marine projects. He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, USA, St. Petersburg State University, Russia and Tallinn Technical University, Estonia and visiting scholar at Norwegian University of Technology, Norway and Linköping University, Sweden. His and his research groups areas of research are: 1) value creation and industrial logic and business models (strategies, offering, modularization, integration mechanisms and services) in industrial investments and project-based firms and 2) organizational design (capabilities / competencies, risk and uncertainty, organizational structures) in large projects. His present focus is on delivery models including collaboration mechanisms in business eco-systems within energy and transportation. He collaborates with professor Levitt in research projects regarding new types of delivery models for infra-structure projects.

Ragnhild Kvålshaugen

Past Visiting Professor

Ragnhild Kvålshaugen is Professor in Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School and currently holds a chaired professorship in efficient building processes at the Center for the Construction Industry at BI. Her research area is strategic change and in particular she focuses on topics like collaboration, learning and change in the interface between temporary and permanent organizations. Right now she has three ongoing research projects: (1) Digitalization and effective and efficient building processes; (2) Effective and efficient inter-organizational coordination in construction projects; and (3) Adaptation to climate change in the built environment. She has previously been a visiting scholar to UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Her research is published in journals like Organization Studies, California Management Review, Journal of World Business, and Management Learning. Ragnhild has also been the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Vice Dean of MBA programs at BI.

Geert Dewulf

Visiting Fellow Alum

Geert Dewulf was a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Global Projects Cener, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology, and Professor of Planning and Development at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In 2012-2013, he was the UPS Foundation Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Before he joined Twente University he worked at TNO and Delft University of Technology. He holds a PhD from the University of Utrecht. He was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-1991. Geert Dewulf has written numerous publications on Public-Private Partnerships. His research focuses on public private governance issues and strategic planning. He was scientific president of the Dutch Innovation /BSIK program PSIBouw (Dutch Rethinking Construction Agenda), and until 2012 Scientific director of the 3TU (Federation of the Dutch Technical Universities) Center of Expertise on the Built Environment. Recently, Geert Dewulf has been awarded, with Ray Levitt (Stanford) and Mike Garvin (VTT, US), a grant from the US National Science Foundation for a large study on PPPs. He is principal investigator of various NWO (Dutch NSF) and EU research projects. 

Khalid Alsweilem

Visiting Scholar Alum

Khalid was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In addition to his non-resident affiliation with Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development (CID), Dr. Alsweilem is a board/ investment committee member with several institutions. He is chairman of Ashmore Investment Saudi Arabia; an independent board member at Fajr Capital; and an investment committee member at the Arab Gulf Fund for Development. He is also Global Sovereign Wealth Funds Advisor with Price Waterhouse Cooper and the former Chief Counselor and Head of Investment at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). He is one of the longest serving and most successful sovereign investment practitioners, having held senior investment positions at SAMA for over two decades. He joined SAMA in 1991 after completing a two-year post doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of Economics. Before that, he completed his Masters and PhD degrees in economics at Boston University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Alsweilem began his work at SAMA as an advisor in the Investment Department, and two years later became the Head of Investment Management (Chief Investment Officer). Dr. Alsweilem was a lead author for three recent papers on sovereign funds models and institutions that were published as joint reports by the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs and the Center for International Development at Harvard.

Håvard Halland

Visiting Scholar Alum

Dr. Håvard Halland was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). His research focused on sovereign wealth funds and strategic investment funds. Other research interests include climate finance, and the role of strategic investment funds in financing clean-energy infrastructure. From 2012 to 2018 he was an economist / senior economist at the World Bank, where he provided advice to governments on the establishment and operations of strategic investment funds and sovereign wealth funds. At the World Bank he was also the lead author or joint author of 3 books on the public economics and management of the extractive industries sector, and in the area of infrastructure finance, and of a number of research papers. His books have been published in several languages, and he is currently working on a fourth one, on strategic investment funds. Before joining the World Bank, Håvard was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to the armed conflicts in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In that capacity, he led ICRC support for community infrastructure projects, implemented large-scale humanitarian aid operations, and conducted hostage negotiations and other humanitarian diplomacy vis-à-vis armed groups, based on the Geneva Conventions. He earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.  

Lucas Kruitwagen

Visiting Scholar Alum

Lucas is a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Global Projects Center. He is also the Data Lead of the Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Lucas researches the impact of data-driven technology on the management of environment-related risks by companies and investors. He has a background in energy engineering and leads the technical development of 2 Degree Pathways Wargame and Decision Support Tool and the Risk, Impact, and Opportunity Tool. Lucas is also a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy where he researches and lectures on organisational decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. He holds an MSc (with distinction) in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London, and a BEng from McGill University, Montreal, where he was a Loran Scholar.

Jess Rimington

Visiting Scholar Alum

Jess Rimington was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In collaboration with the GPC and Visiting Scholar Joanna Cea, Jess investigated best practices in co-creative innovation to build a new methodology for addressing “wicked problems” such as global climate change, extreme inequality and poverty. The method, called the recollective way, is based upon collaborative research and analysis with a group of 20 organizations and companies at the leading edge of co-creative solutions development. Cea & Rimington are publishing several articles and a book ( In addition to this research, Jess is Managing Director of /The Rules, a global collective addressing the root causes of inequality and poverty. From 2004 to 2012, Jess served as founder and executive director of the social enterprise One World Youth Project, a non-profit linking schools around the world to provide students the global life skills needed for success in the interconnected 21st century. After OWYP, Jess has worked as a strategist for a number of social change oriented clients, including the founding team of Delivery Associates led by Sir Michael Barber,, and Sandbox. 

Alisa Valderrama

Visiting Scholar Alum

Alisa was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center and is the founder of Neptune Street Environmental Markets Advisors. Alisa’s research focuses on facilitating investment in resilient water infrastructure. Prior to launching Neptune Street Advisors, Alisa was the Director of Water Infrastructure Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the NRDC from 2010 to 2018, Alisa initiated and led the organization's work with cities focused on innovative infrastructure finance, with an emphasis on water infrastructure projects located on privately-owned land. Alisa is best known for helping the Philadelphia Water Department structure its Greened Acre Retrofit Program, a reverse-auction inspired approach that helps the City locate and fund low-cost and socially-beneficial stormwater management projects. Alisa has also worked in partnership with a number of cities to refine initiatives designed to create markets in resilient water infrastructure and avoided stormwater runoff. Before joining the NRDC, Alisa worked to help advance the market in energy-efficient building retrofits at the Clinton Climate Initiative. Previously, she helped launch a partnership between the Wharton School and the World Bank focused on building private sector capacity for improved environmental and social governance. Alisa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. in international business law from the London School of Economics.