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Donovan Escalante

San Francisco

Regional Expertise
Subject Expertise
  • climate finance
  • climate policy
  • renewable energy
  • energy finance
  • private climate finance
  • multilateral climate finance
  • monitoring and evaluation

Donovan Escalante


Donovan Escalante is a manager at CPI San Francisco, where he specializes in climate finance. He is currently leading an evaluation of the Climate Public Partnership (CP3) Programme, a £130m fund of the UK Government that aims to increase the role of private sector finance in driving low carbon, climate resilient growth in developing countries through a private equity structure. He also leads work with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance to develop currency risk management instruments for clean investment projects in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX).

Prior to joining CPI, Donovan worked as a consultant in international climate policy at Ecofys in Cologne, Germany. He contributed to the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Chile, Mexico, and Ethiopia. He also contributed to international policy discussions through his work on the UNFCCC NAMA Registry, the NAMA guidebook for the African Development Bank, the UNEP Bridging the Emissions Gap report, and his research on Effort Sharing for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. He holds a M.Sc in Industrial Ecology from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas in Austin.