Advisory group

Our Advisory Group provides guidance about future economic questions of importance and how our work can achieve greatest impact. Members’ depth of knowledge and diversity of experience serve to challenge our thinking and expand our intellectual horizons, ensuring our offering to clients remains at the leading edge.


Diane Coyle

Diane is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester.

Diane is the author of numerous books, most recently GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History, as well as The Economics of Enough, and The Soulful Science. As a member of the Natural Capital Committee, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, and visiting researcher at the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, Diane is interested in economic statistics and public policy. She was previously Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She was also the Economics Editor of the Independent to 2001, with previous jobs in HM Treasury and DRI Europe.

Michele de Nevers

Michele leads the Center for Global Development's work on climate change, with a focus on climate finance, including adaptation finance, REDD+ and scaling up private sector investment for climate action.

In 2011 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College, Oxford. She worked for many years at the World Bank, including as Senior Manager of the Environment Department from 2008 to 2010, where she led the preparation of the World Bank’s corporate Environment Strategy and public consultations on the World Bank Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change. She oversaw the World Bank’s work on climate change, environmental economics, biodiversity, pollution management and other environmental issues and was part of the management team for the Climate Investment Funds, the $6.8 billion fund for investment in mitigation, adaptation and forestry in developing countries. Previously, Michele worked on World Bank environment and development projects in South Asia, Latin America, East Asia and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Philippe Joubert

Philippe has extensive experience in building sustainability into business strategies to enable long-term growth.

Philippe is the Senior Advisor and Special Envoy of Energy and Climate for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He currently serves as the Chair of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and sits on the Advisory board of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he is part of Faculty. He is also Executive Chairman of the Global Electricity Initiative at the World Energy Council.

Previously, Philippe was President of Alstom Power and Deputy-CEO of Alstom Group. He started his career in the Banking industry in Brazil and Wall Street before joining Alstom in 1986. He left the Alstom group in June 2014.

Gerard Lyons

Gerard is an expert on global financial markets and on economic and regulatory policy, particularly international banking.

He is currently Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments, as well as a Senior Economic Advisor to Parker Fitzgerald and a Senior Advisor to DealGlobe. He also serves on a variety of educational advisory boards, including the Grantham Research Institute and the Warwick University Business School. He is the Vice-Chairman of the 48 Group, which seeks to enhance UK-China economic ties. He was previously the Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, from January 2013 to May 2016. Prior to that, Gerard spent 25 years in the City, most recently as Chief Economist and Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered Bank. He is an author and public speaker, as well as a regular commentator for the press and television, including the BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, The Times, The Telegraph and Sky News.

Anna Skarbek

Anna is the Chief Executive Officer of ClimateWorks Australia, guiding the organisation’s work in analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government in unblocking barriers to their implementation. 

Anna is also a director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. She was a member of the South Australian Government’s Low Carbon Economy Expert Panel, the Victorian Climate Change Act Independent Review Committee, the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Reference Panel, and former Australian Government’s Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change. She is a former director of the Carbon Market Institute and of the Linking Melbourne Authority.

Anna is an experienced investment banker, policy adviser and qualified lawyer. Before ClimateWorks she worked in London’s carbon markets as Vice President of Advisory with Climate Change Capital, a specialist investment manager and advisor dedicated to raising and deploying capital for low carbon activities. Anna’s previous roles in Australia included working as a senior policy adviser to the Victorian Deputy Premier, as an investment banker in Macquarie Bank’s energy and utilities team, and as a solicitor with the national corporate law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.