Ms. Karen Olsen (PhD) is a senior researcher in the Energy and Carbon Finance program at the UNEP Risø Centre with about 10 years of experience working with climate and sustainable development in developing countries.
She is the project manager for capacity development for green growth in six sectors in the United Arabic Emirates and for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Malawi and Botswana with previous experience from Tanzania, Mauritius and Uganda. She acts as the URC research coordinator and has written several peer-reviewed articles on capacity development and the CDM’s contribution to sustainable development. For several years she has edited the annual Perspectives series with the titles “Progressing towards post-2012 carbon markets” (2011), ‘Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and the Carbon Market’ (2009),‘A Reformed CDM’ (2008).
She holds a PhD in international development studies focusing on institutional and operational issues in the CDM based on six months of field work in Uganda. In addition to her PhD, Karen holds a masters degree in Political Science and a bachelors’ degree in Geography from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
UNEP Risø Centre (URC) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. With a team of over 45 scientists and economists from 16 countries, URC works closely with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), supporting and promoting UNEP activities in the areas of energy and climate change. For more on the URC, www.uneprisoe.org