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Visiting Scholars

Gordon L. Clark

In-coming Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment and the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University

Gordon L. Clark DSc FBA is the in-coming Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment and the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Peter's College, and is the Sir Louis Matheson Visiting Professor at Monash University's Faculty of Business and Economics (Melbourne). He has been a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the US National Academy of Sciences. Previous academic appointments have been at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School and Monash University. In part, his research programme focuses upon institutional performance and behaviour in the context of risk and uncertainty. Using tests of competence and consistency to evaluate institutional decision-making, a series of papers have been published on this topic in the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (2004, 2006, 2007) and Risk Management and Insurance Review (2009). Focusing upon the best-practice design and governance of financial institutions, a series of papers have been published in Economic Geography (2008), the Journal of Asset Management (2008), Pensions: An International Journal (2010), and the Rotman Journal of International Pension Management (2008, 2010, 2011). More recently, Professor Clark and Dr Ashby Monk have produced a series of papers on the structure and performance of the investment management industry (available at ssrn.com). With Dr Adam Dixon, their Sovereign Wealth Funds: Governance and Legitimacy will be published by Princeton University Press in 2013.

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.

Kent Eriksson

Visiting Professor

Professor Kent Eriksson is a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). He received his PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden and works at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. In collaboration with the GPC, Kent is conducting research on private public partnership infrastructure projects and investor management of risk and uncertainty. Additionally, he cooperates with researchers at Abo Akademi on infrastructure finance. Kent’s previous research studies how the combination of construction project management and financial services can supports the development of the economy of individuals, businesses, and the built environment. Professor Eriksson is a widely cited researcher in his field. He also works around the world as a consultant in project management, finance, business development and regulation. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Swedish financial supervisory authority, and of the European Commissions’ financial services user group.

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.

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 (www.recollectiveway.com). 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

Ben Caldecott is Director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. The Sustainable Finance Programme incorporates and builds on the Stranded Assets Programme that he founded in 2012. He is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Oxford Smith School he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company’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 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 and the University of Sydney. Ben is also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue, a Senior Associate at E3G, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.

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. 

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 (www.recollectiveway.com). 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, 350.org, and Sandbox.