Benoit Lefevre

Benoit Lefevre is the Director of Energy & Climate for EMBARQ, the sustainable transport program of WRI, and for the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

In this role, he develops, coordinates across the WRI network, and manages activities that help cities to deliver affordable sustainable energy to power economic development, significantly reduce GHG emissions, and meet ambitious goals on access to urban amenities and energy. Using his experience in the Americas, Africa and Asia, Benoit leads the Transport Working Group of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS-GP).

Previously, Benoit worked as the director of the Urban Fabric Program (UFP) at the Institute of sustainable development and international relation (IDDRI), a think tank based in Paris and Brussels. He has done research and consultancy on Urban energy modeling, Urban GHG inventory, Integrated land-use and transport policies, Real-estate and housing markets, Urban green growth, Climate finance and cities, City networks and negotiation processes. Prior to joining Iddri, Benoit was visiting scholar at the Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD), University of California, Berkeley.

Benoit holds a PhD in economics and finance from Mines ParisTech and a Master Degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics. He did his Post-doctorate at the Center for Energy, Columbia University, New York.

Benoit is also Lead Author for the chapter 16 “Cross-cutting Investment and Finance Issues” of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5), Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).