Ilmi is a climate and sustainable finance expert with over two decades of experience—spanning public, private, and third sector institutions—working on the policy and financing of the transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas, sustainable economy. He is a trusted advisor, manager, and fiduciary for philanthropies, governments, financial institutions, and companies on sustainable finance and policy matters in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, and an accomplished speaker, researcher, and author.


Ilmi previously served as Senior Director at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where he established and lead their Sustainable Finance Program, and now serves as a Senior Advisor. Prior to this, Ilmi headed the Green Growth Business Unit at the Overseas Development Institute, served as the Special Counsel for Climate and Environment at the African Development Bank, and practiced law in the global energy and infrastructure group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. 

He holds a JD from New York University School of Law, an MA in international relations from Yale University, an MESc from Yale’s Environment School, and BA (Honors) in Philosophy and in Biological Anthropology from Swarthmore College.

Research interests

  • Integration of climate and sustainability in financial policy and regulation
  • The function of public and private capital markets in the transition to a net-zero economy
  • Establishment, design, and operation of green public financial institutions
  • Domestic and international political economy of the net-zero transition
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