Hans Peter Lankes has been a Visiting Professor at the Grantham Institute since February 2021. His work focuses mostly on international climate finance and on the interface between climate and development economics. Hans Peter is also a Senior Fellow at the LSE/Oxford State Fragility Initiative and holds roles with development finance institutions and impact funds. Immediately prior to joining Grantham, Hans Peter was the Vice President, Economics and Private Sector Development at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank Group. His responsibilities covered IFC’s economics, development impact, blended finance, climate, gender and thought leadership functions. 


Hans Peter has more than 30 years of experience in development finance and economics, including senior roles at the IFC, EBRD and IMF, as well as in academia, the private sector and government advisory (in Africa, South-East Asia and Central America). He received his PhD from Harvard University, and degrees from Harvard Kennedy School, University of Freiburg and Université de Grenoble. 

Key research interests

  • Climate finance
  • The intersection of climate and development
  • Impact investing and impact measurement
  • The role of the private sector in economic development


Research - 2023


Policy - 2023

This joint report from the Grantham Research Institute and Systemiq contends that the world has in its hands a new growth and development story driven by investment and innovation in green technology, boosted by artificial intelligence (AI) – and this is a much more attractive and inclusive story than the dirty and destructive paths followed in the past. Read more

Policy - 2022

In this policy insight, the authors explain how rising to the climate and poverty challenges in tandem can generate great gains for people and the environment across continents and create new paths for sustainable development and poverty reduction – while delayed action on climate change will entrench poverty around the world. Read more

Policy - 2021

This report sets out core elements of an overarching and integrated strategy for recovery from the COVID-10 pandemic and growth, as a contribution to the preparation for the G7 Summit taking place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall (11 to 13 June 2021). Read more


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