Faculty and Partners

Fellows engage in a series of interactive sessions with prominent Yale faculty and practitioners to set the terms of the global climate change debate.


Susan Biniaz

“This is an exciting initiative that focuses on the key role of emerging countries with respect to implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Sue Biniaz, a Jackson Senior Fellow and longtime US climate negotiator.

Paul Sabin

“As nations struggle to meet ambitious climate commitments while simultaneously fighting energy poverty, a new generation of energy and climate leaders will play a vital role. Yale is well-positioned to provide these emerging leaders with the tools and networks for success,” said Paul Sabin, Townsend Professor of History and Faculty Director, Yale Environmental Humanities.

Indy Burke

“Countries throughout the Global South are taking ambitious steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance robust, sustainable economies. The Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellowship provides a remarkable opportunity for young environmental leaders working on those initiatives to strengthen their knowledge base and build global networks that they can draw upon when implementing climate solutions in their home countries. But, just as significantly, Climate Fellows bring fresh perspectives and experiences to our Yale community that will inform our overall work on climate change,” said Indy Burke, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean, Yale School of the Environment.

Fatih Birol

“We’re delighted that Yale has chosen to frame this initiative around the IEA’s Net Zero Scenario and other analysis from the world’s leading energy and climate change authority,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency. 

Hannah Daly

“This new program will empower and enable a new generation of gifted, motivated and diverse Climate Leaders to tackle the great challenges the world faces: to halve greenhouse gases while meeting the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Hannah Daly, Professor of Sustainable Energy and Energy Systems Modelling at University College Cork.

Dan Esty

“Yale has long played a leadership role in global climate change policymaking – with a number of faculty who have served in government and others who have helped to shape policy options and analysis,” said Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University.

“The Yale Center on Environmental Law and Policy has developed, for example, an innovative greenhouse gas emissions scorecard as part of the Center’s biennial Environmental Performance Index. And the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance has played a leadership role in framing how corporate ESG (environmental/social/governance) reporting should be done. Exposure to these tools and the thinking behind them will enrich the experience of the Climate Fellows.”