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Xie (Emma) He

emmaXie is a graduate research fellow working with the Clean and Secure Grid Initiative. With a background in marine science and power markets, she applies spatial and quantitative skills to understand the feasibility and environmental impacts of HVDC system. She also leads the design of our building efficiency project in Dubai. 

Xie is a recent graduate from Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, concentrating in environmental economics and policy. Prior to Duke, Xie received her BS in Mathematics and Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interested in power markets, renewable energy, climate change, ecosystem services, and social entrepreneurship.


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.


Anne Josst

Anne Ruth Joost is a graduating senior at the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York, studying International Studies and History. In 2009, she found her way from Germany to New York City through a year of service at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. After graduation, Anne would like to contribute to advancing environmental sustainability and renewable energies. In the past Anne has completed research on trafficking of unaccompanied minors for the International Organization for Adolescents. At the New York Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency she was able to research issues around microgrids. In her spare time Anne referees volleyball, reading, enjoys watching sports, hiking and traveling.


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.