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 Matthew Acho

mattMatthew Acho is a second year Master’s student in the School of International Service at American University. He studies energy and nuclear security issues with a focus on geopolitics in East Asia and the Pacific. He has previously interned at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland at College Park where he studied issues concerning nuclear trade and proliferation. He has also done extensive research on the changing state of Arctic relations in regards to energy security. He plans to graduate with his Master’s in global security in May 2017. Matthew is currently serving as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Climate Institute. He is in charge of the national security and energy security implications of the Clean and Secure Grid project.


Mengjie (Margaret) Zou

Mengjie is a graduate research fellow working with the WRI’s Initiative 20×20, a country-led effort to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her current research focuses on the potential application of monitoring carbon stocks and fluxes in land restoration. She has an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Canada and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Assessment from the University of Liverpool in the UK. By combining her interests in biological sciences and environmental management, she hopes to advance the current research with a positive societal impact.


Jinxi Chen

Jinxi Chen is a graduate research fellow working on the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII) and the Initiative 20×20. With a background in public policy and econometrics, Jinxi is conducting a macroeconomic analysis of renewable energy investment in small islands states and policy analysis in both small island states and Latin America. Jinxi is a first-year graduate student at the University of Chicago, majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. She has obtained her Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge. Jinxi has previously interned at Argonne National Laboratory where she looked at the water consumption by different sectors in Illinois. Jinxi is particularly interested in energy issues and sustainable development, in the future, she would like to look at how to integrate economic growth with environmental and energy sustainability in different areas in the world. 


Katie Binkley

Katie Binkley is a rising third year law student at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. With a background in state and federal government, Katie is concentrating her studies on energy law and how the differing levels of government can work with private industry in order to encourage and promote renewable energy technology and development. While at the Climate Institute, she will be working on regulatory reform considerations in order to advance the North American Supergrid Initiative. Katie has a Concurrent Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University and will graduate with her J.D. in 2018.