Experts & Staff

WRI brings together nearly 1,900 staff and experts who are leaders in their fields. Their work spans topics such as food and land use, energy, cities, economics, finance, governance and more. Our staff and researchers work globally and in 12 focus countries to meet people’s essential needs, to protect and restore nature, and to stabilize the climate and build resilient communities.

Contact our media team to arrange an interview with any of our experts.

23 Featured Experts

Program Experts & Staff

Yelena Akopian

Communications Manager, New Climate Economy

Carter Brandon

Senior Fellow

Raquel Burke

Operations Manager, Global Climate and Economics Programs

Helen Ding

Senior Economist

Rachel Evans

Development Associate, Climate and Economics Programs

Rachel Evans

Beakal Fasil

Communications and Engagement Specialist, The New Climate Economy, WRI Africa

Beakal Fasil

Laura Fishburn

Project Specialist

Profile photo

Erin Gray

Senior Economist, WRI's Global Economics Center

Erin Gray.

Karl Hausker

Senior Fellow

Stacy Hong

Special Assistant, Climate & Economics

Joel Jaeger

Senior Research Associate, Systems Change Lab

Joel Jaeger

Anjali Mahendra

Director of Global Research, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Anjali Mahendra

Courtney Nina McLaren

Equity Economist, Global Centre of Economics, WRI Europe

Courtney Nina McLaren

K. N. Ninan

Senior Fellow, Economics Center, WRI India

Maurice Owiti

NCE Economist, WRI Africa

Maurice Owiti.

Vanessa Pérez-Cirera

Director, WRI's Global Economic Center

Vanessa Perez

Melanie Robinson

Global Climate, Economics and Finance Program Director, WRI Africa

Melanie Robinson.

Simon Sharpe

Senior Fellow, NEDD

Simon Sharpe

Rajat Shrestha

Research Analyst II, Economics Center

Hannah Sturgeon

Project Coordinator

Hannah Sturgeon.

Madhu Verma

Chief Economist, WRI India

Madhu Verma

Dorine Wytema

Deputy Director of the Global Climate, Economics and Finance Program

Dorine Wytema.