Dawn Wells is the Board Chair of Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD). She has experience in both non-profit and private sectors and has on-going independent research in India, in collaboration with The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE). The focus of her study is on the externalities of development in southern India, with an economic valuation of ecosystem services and analysis of hydroelectric energy production. She is interested in the nexus of economics, climate change, and loss of biodiversity and how changes in these variables impact one another. She is also presently creating an assessment rubric for climate change adaptation for SDG 11 which will be implemented by the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC).
In collaboration with Kenya based NGO Wildlife Direct and New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) through a partnership created by the Clinton Global Initiative she focused on biodiversity preservation via economic solutions to stem the ivory trade. She has also developed a series of high-level events, and is the conceptual creator of internationally recognized campaigns, such as #1Every15 and #COP21BioClimate. Additionally she has worked with Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) to research the present gender gap in the energy sector, and assisted in the expansion of their Women in Energy (WIE) program to promote efficiency, growth and equality.
She is a member of SDSN Youth (SDSN-Y), a new initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) working to engage youth globally in the post-2015 agenda. Through education and global cooperation, SDSN-Y encourages young people to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating a global platform.
Research Areas: Environmental Economics, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change