Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Chief Natural Resource Economist
Ruben Lubowski, Ph.D., oversees EDF’s efforts to reduce emissions by protecting tropical forests, including by building markets and finance approaches for reducing deforestation at large scales. Ruben played a lead role in developing and currently advises the Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator, a non-profit climate finance intermediary to facilitate high-integrity carbon market transactions and deliver private and public funding for large-scale efforts to protect tropical forests. He is widely recognized for his expertise in analyzing and modeling land-use changes and policy approaches for reducing emissions through forestry, agriculture, and bioenergy activities.