Dr. Lilibeth A. Acosta                                                                       Program Manager, Green Growth                                      Performance Measurement                                              Principal Specialist, Climate Action and Inclusive Development Unit                                                    Global Green Growth Institute                                            Seoul, Republic of Korea                                                  E-mail: lilibeth.acosta@gggi.org 

Ms. Nera Mariz Puyo
Associate Officer
Climate Action and Inclusive Development Unit
Global Green Growth Institute
Seoul, Republic of Korea
E-mail: mariz.puyo@gggi.org 

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The GGPM Team  

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
2021

Lilibeth Acosta is a Principal Green Growth Specialist in Climate Action and Inclusive Development Division in the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Global Program Manager for the Green Growth Performance Measurement (GGPM) since she joined GGGI in 2018. The GGPM is responsible for developing the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool in the Institute. Lilibeth has over 15 years of experience in indicator development, integrated assessment and scenario modelling of climate change vulnerability and adaptation as well as sustainable development in the fields of ecosystem and biodiversity, agriculture and land use, and renewable energy. She worked as development specialist in the National Economic Development Authority in the Philippines, senior scientist in the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and researcher in Environmental Science departments in the universities in Japan, Belgium, UK and the Philippines. Before joining GGGI, she worked as consultant in the ADB, UNCCD and UNCTAD. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Policy from University of Bonn (Germany), MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from University of Cambridge (England), and BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines.

 

Jeremiah Ross Eugenio is a GGPM researcher and member of the publication team of Sarena Grace Quiñones, who is coordinating editorial, layout, and research support to the GGPM. He has been part of Sarena’s team since October 2019. His tasks include literature review and preparation of references in Mendeley software, encoding of results from the online survey and reviews of online tools and literature, preparation of graphics for and analysis of these results, and provide research support to the modelling team of the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics with major in marketing and prices from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. He participated in various seminars that are relevant to the Index and Tool including farm tourism in the Philippines, assessment of neighborhood and spillover effects of technical efficiency of irrigated rice farms, and responding to food security and inclusiveness concern in the ASEAN region. 

 

Sarah Gerrard is a GGPM consultant involved in the work of the Simulation Tool and Green Growth Index. She joined GGGI in May 2020, focusing on the application and development of efficient and sustainable resource use and green economic opportunity models for the Simulation Tool, conducting result analysis for the Green Growth Index and being a lead author for the Phase 1 Simulation Tool and 2020 Green Growth Index technical reports. In 2021, she will continue to work on the Phase 2 development of the Simulation Tool as well as contributing to GGPM reports and articles. Before joining GGGI, she has previously worked in sustainable urban development by interning at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). Sarah holds a Master of Environmental Science with a specialization in land and water management and a BSc in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, both from the University of Western Australia.

 

Karolin Lehmann started her internship with the Green Growth Performance Measurement team in Spring 2021, assisting in research and reporting work. She worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Lund, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Economic Development. Her main fields of interest surround female economic empowerment, wealth equality, financial inclusion and human capital measurements. Specifically, Karolin is writing her thesis on the relationship between financial inclusion and women’s empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Hermen Luchtenbelt is a GGPM research consultant for the 2020 Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool. He joined the GGPM as an intern in May 2020 and as a consultant in November 2020.  His main contributions to the simulation tool were with models related to natural capital protection, land-use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Other tasks included preparing the spatial maps in the 2020 Green Growth Technical Report. Before joining GGGI, he did field work at the Osotua foundation and supported in the development of a showcase for cattle, culture, and wildlife interactions in the Masai Mara. Hermen has a MSc in climate studies specialized in biogeochemical cycles and a MSc in Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Before that he completed his BSc in Economics and Governance, specialized in Agricultural Economics at the same university.

 

Ruben Sabado, Jr. is a GGPM researcher and member of the publication team of Sarena Grace Quiñones, who is coordinating editorial, layout, and research support to the GGPM. He has been part of Sarena’s team since July 2020. His tasks include literature review and preparation of references in Mendeley software, encoding of results from the online survey and reviews of online tools and literature, preparation of graphics for and analysis of these results, and provide research support to the modelling team of the Simulation Tool. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics with major in marketing and prices from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. He attended various seminars that are related to the Green Growth Index and Simulation tool such as the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) and success stories of the Farmer-Scientists RDE Training Program (FSTP).

 

Nandini Sharma has joined the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in March 2021 to support the development of the interactive Green Growth Simulation Tool and Index under the GGPM program. Prior to joining GGGI, Nandini has worked on a project partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to support their low-carbon energy innovation work. She also has experience working in India with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and has led the work on promoting energy efficiency and climate action along with other agencies like GIZ, World Bank and UNDP. Nandini is a Commonwealth Scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Bristol, U.K.

 

Simon Zabrocki joined GGGI as programmer and modeler consultant in July 2020, and as Analyst in February 2021. His main tasks include developing an automated collection and processing of data for the Green Growth Index computation, designing user-friendly dashboards to allow policy makers exploring and analyzing Green Growth data and scores, and contributing to a policy simulation tool development by implementing and integrating models and policy scenarios. Before joining GGGI, he worked as data scientist in HawaDawa company on air quality management in Germany and in Sanofi, Biologics Development R&D in the United States, Python developer for an applicant tracking system in Manatal in Thailand, and teacher in Bac Ninh high School for gifted students in Vietnam. He earned his Bachelor in Engineering and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics in École Polytechnique in France, and Master Mathematics for Data Science in the Technische Universität München in Germany.

 

The following also joined the GGPM as interns – Bahareh Oryani from February to April 2021 and Youngseok Hwang from March 2021.

 

2020

The GGPM team members during one of the online meetings from their respective work locations. From left to right and from top to bottom: Sarah Gerrard, Hermen Gerrit Hendrik Luchtenbelt, Ruben Sabado, Jr., Michelle Nazareth, Simon Zabrocki, Benjemar Hope Flores (former member), Jeremiah Ross Eugenio, Olivia Nanfuka, and Lilibeth Acosta.

Lilibeth Acosta is a Specialist in Climate Action and Inclusive Development Division in the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Program Manager for the Green Growth Performance Measurement (GGPM) since she joined GGGI in 2018. The GGPM is responsible for developing the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool in the Institute. Lilibeth has over 15 years of experience in indicator development, integrated assessment and scenario modelling of climate change vulnerability and adaptation as well as sustainable development in the fields of ecosystem and biodiversity, agriculture and land use, and renewable energy. She worked as development specialist in the National Economic Development Authority in the Philippines, senior scientist in the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and researcher in Environmental Science departments in the universities in Japan, Belgium, UK and the Philippines. Before joining GGGI, she worked as consultant in the ADB, UNCCD and UNCTAD. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Policy from University of Bonn (Germany), MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from University of Cambridge (England), and BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines.

 

Jeremiah Ross Eugenio is a GGPM researcher and member of the publication team of Sarena Grace Quiñones, who is coordinating editorial, layout, and research support to the GGPM. He has been part of Sarena’s team since October 2019. His tasks include literature review and preparation of references in Mendeley software, encoding of results from the online survey and reviews of online tools and literature, preparation of graphics for and analysis of these results, and provide research support to the modelling team of the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics with major in marketing and prices from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. He participated in various seminars that are relevant to the Index and Tool including farm tourism in the Philippines, assessment of neighborhood and spillover effects of technical efficiency of irrigated rice farms, and responding to food security and inclusiveness concern in the ASEAN region. 

 

Sarah Gerrard is a GGPM consultant for the 2020 Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool. Her work in GGPM has focused on results analysis for the 2020 Green Growth Index, in particular a subregional analysis of green growth dimensions as well as assessing top country performance. She has also contributed as a leading author to the publication of the 2020 Green Growth Technical Report. Sarah has further been working on the GGPM Simulation Tool, supporting the development of the efficient and sustainable resource use and green economic opportunities models. Before joining GGGI, she has previously worked in sustainable urban development by interning at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). Sarah holds a Master of Environmental Science with a specialization in land and water management and a BSc in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, both from the University of Western Australia.

 

Hermen Luchtenbelt is a GGPM research consultant for the 2020 Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool. He joined the GGPM as an intern in May 2020 and as a consultant in November 2020.  His main contributions to the simulation tool were with models related to natural capital protection, land-use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Other tasks included preparing the spatial maps in the 2020 Green Growth Technical Report. Before joining GGGI, he did field work at the Osotua foundation and supported in the development of a showcase for cattle, culture, and wildlife interactions in the Masai Mara. Hermen has a MSc in climate studies specialized in biogeochemical cycles and a MSc in Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Before that he completed his BSc in Economics and Governance, specialized in Agricultural Economics at the same university.

Olivia Nanfuka joined GGPM team as intern in May 2020 and as consultant in the GGGI Country Office in Uganda in November 2020. She is contributing to the development of the Simulation Tool, particularly the models related to efficient and sustainable energy use. Her key areas of interest include improving access to modern energy; clean cooking energy and reliable electricity for rural communities (bio-energy, hydro and solar energy), energy efficiency and management, renewable energy policy, energy economics, savings and energy yield assessments. Before joining GGGI, she had experience working as Health and Safety Assistant in the JUAJAMII start-up company in Algeria as well as sustainability and policy intern in the Atacama Consulting, shift superintendent in the Bwendero Dairy Farm Limited Distillers, and teaching assistant in the Ndejje University in Uganda. She completed her BSc Chemical Engineering in the Ndejje University in Uganda and MSc Energy Engineering in Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Science in Algeria.

 

Michelle Nazareth is a GGPM consultant for the 2020 Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool, contributing to the analysis of the results for the 2020 Green Growth Index and supporting the development of the models related to social inclusion. She also contributed to an article on social inclusion that was submitted by GGGI to an international journal. Previously, she worked as intern in the management of e-waste at Environmental Synergies in Development and then as a graduate research consultant at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Her main areas of interest are in good governance, inclusive development, poverty alleviation and environmental justice. She completed her BA in Economics, Sociology and Psychology at Christ University in India and has a Master of Science in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Ruben Sabado, Jr. is a GGPM researcher and member of the publication team of Sarena Grace Quiñones, who is coordinating editorial, layout, and research support to the GGPM. He has been part of Sarena’s team since July 2020. His tasks include literature review and preparation of references in Mendeley software, encoding of results from the online survey and reviews of online tools and literature, preparation of graphics for and analysis of these results, and provide research support to the modelling team of the Simulation Tool. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics with major in marketing and prices from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. He attended various seminars that are related to the Green Growth Index and Simulation tool such as the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) and success stories of the Farmer-Scientists RDE Training Program (FSTP).

 

Simon Zabrocki joined GGGI as programmer and modeler consultant in July 2020. His main tasks include developing an automated collection and processing of data for the Green Growth Index computation, designing user-friendly dashboards to allow policy makers exploring and analyzing Green Growth data and scores, and contributing to a policy simulation tool development by implementing and integrating models and policy scenarios. Before joining GGGI, he worked as data scientist in HawaDawa company on air quality management in Germany and in Sanofi, Biologics Development R&D in the United States, Python developer for an applicant tracking system in Manatal in Thailand, and teacher in Bac Ninh high School for gifted students in Vietnam. He earned his Bachelor in Engineering and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics in École Polytechnique in France, and Master Mathematics for Data Science in the Technische Universität München in Germany.


The following also joined the GGPM as interns from May to August 2020: Haemin Won and Guillaume Le Rousseau.

 

Lilibeth Acosta is a Specialist in Climate Action and Inclusive Development Division in the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Program Manager for the Green Growth Performance Measurement (GGPM) since she joined GGGI in 2018. The GGPM is responsible for developing the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool in the Institute. Lilibeth has over 15 years of experience in indicator development, integrated assessment and scenario modelling of climate change vulnerability and adaptation as well as sustainable development in the fields of ecosystem and biodiversity, agriculture and land use, and renewable energy. She worked as development specialist in the National Economic Development Authority in the Philippines, senior scientist in the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and researcher in Environmental Science departments in the universities in Japan, Belgium, UK and the Philippines. Before joining GGGI, she worked as consultant in the ADB, UNCCD and UNCTAD. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Policy from University of Bonn (Germany), MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from University of Cambridge (England), and BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines.

 

Ludovica Galotto worked as consultant for Global Green Growth Institute in 2018 and 2019, contributing to the reports on 2019 Green Growth Index and comparison to Green Economy Progress (GEP) Index of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). She has worked as teaching assistant in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid from 2017 to 2018 and as intern in the UNEP from 2014 to 2015. In her latter position, she was involved in designing the GEP Index, gained a sound competence in panel data collection, manipulation, processing and analysis using the statistical software Stata. She also contributed to the drafting of a working paper that draws a measurement framework for the Green Economy Progress.



 

Rusyan Jill Mamiit served as a Green Growth Data Analyst for the Global Green Growth Institute from 2018 to 2019. During this position, she was the external technical lead of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) National Climate Change Adaptation Program under the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. In these capacities, she led the development of the UAE’s national climate change risk assessment framework considering the local socioeconomic, political, and technical contexts. She assessed the climate risks for the UAE’s health, energy, infrastructure, and environment sectors using the framework that is expert-guided, evidence-based, and participatory. Over the last two decades, Rusyan has held various positions in intergovernmental and international organizations including the United Nations, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, IDRC, and IUCN. Rusyan received her doctoral and master’s degrees in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños.

 

Hugo Peyriere joined the GGPM team as an intern in June 2019 and as a consultant from September to December 2019. As an intern, he contributed to the analysis of the results for the 2019 Green Growth Index and presented the Index at the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. He also completed the model’s statistical robustness checks in R (Monte Carlo, Statistical Analysis) and contributed to the preparation of several technical reports. As a consultant, he initiated the Python programming of the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool. Prior to joining GGGI, he has worked as project manager for the junior enterprise (X-projects) of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, where he earned his master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Economics, blockchain engineer in the ConsesSys project, and second to the supply officer in the French Navy Ship D621.