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CUCSD - Dawn Wells

Economics and Sustainable Development Degree Candidate at Columbia University
Focus Areas: Environmental Economics, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change
Twitter: @dmw2158
Dawn Wells has experience in both non-profit and private sectors and has on-going independent research in India, in collaboration with The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE).  The focus of her study is on the externalities of development in southern India, with an economic valuation of ecosystem services and analysis of hydroelectric energy production.  She is interested in the nexus of economics, climate change, and loss of biodiversity and how changes in these variables impact one another. She researched the present gender gap in the energy sector for the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), and assisted in the expansion of their Women in Energy (WIE) program to promote efficiency, equality and sustainability.

Her past and on-going projects focus on biodiversity preservation via economic solutions to stem the ivory trade, in collaboration with Kenya based NGO Wildlife Direct and New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) through a partnership created by the Clinton Global Initiative. She has also served as the New York Co-Chair for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s global awareness campaign on the ivory trade.

She is a member of SDSN Youth (SDSN-Y), a new initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) working engage youth globally in the post-2015 agenda. Through education and global cooperation, SDSN-Y encourages young people to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating a global platform to advocate for change and empowering youth to create sustainable solutions.


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