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Visiting Scholars

Kim Wikström

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

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

Geert Dewulf is 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

Khalid is a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In addition to his current 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.

Alisa Valderrama

Visiting Scholar

Alisa is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center and 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.

Dr. Atif Ansar

Visiting Scholar

Atif is currently a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Global Projects Center. 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.

Joanna Cea

Visiting Scholar

Joanna Cea is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In collaboration with the GPC and Visiting Scholar Jess Rimington, Joanna is investigating 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, Joanna is the Director of the Buen Vivir Fund at Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX), where she works with innovative grassroots organizations and progressive investors to collectively re-imagine how impact investment is practiced. From 2006-2014, Joanna served as executive director of the International Accountability Project (IAP). Prior to joining IAP, Joanna worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador with the Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales and as a John Gardner Fellow with the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C.

Ben Caldecott

Visiting Scholar
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world's best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. He is concurrently an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, a Senior Advisor at Highmore LLC, and a Senior Associate Fellow at Bright Blue. Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, government, civil society, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain. Ben has authored and edited a substantial number of publications related to sustainability and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. He is also a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the UK Green Finance Taskforce, City of London Green Finance Initiative, University of Oxford Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, The Prince of Wales's Accounting for Sustainability Project, ATLAS Infrastructure Partners Ltd, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, and the Green Alliance. Prior to joining the University of Oxford he was a Vice President at investment bank Climate Change Capital, one of the early leading asset management and advisory firms focused on the low carbon transition, where he ran the firm's research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Ben has previously worked as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission. 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 Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.

Håvard Halland

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Håvard Halland is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). His research focuses 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

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

Jess Rimington is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In collaboration with the GPC and Visiting Scholar Joanna Cea, Jess is investigating 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.