Aki Kachi focuses on climate finance and carbon markets at NewClimate Institute. With more than 10 years of experience in the climate policy field, Aki has contributed to and led a number of projects at the UNFCCC, EU, national and local levels. Particular areas of expertise include, national climate policy planning, the design and implementation of emissions trading schemes as well as baseline and crediting mechanisms such as the CDM, the California offset protocols and the Australian Carbon Farming Initiative.
Before joining NewClimate, Aki was the International Policy Director at Carbon Market Watch in Brussels where he led the organization’s advocacy work on negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in ICAO, and international carbon pricing initiatives. Aki has also worked as a technical expert with the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) during his time with adelphi consult in Berlin. He holds a Masters in International Relations with a focus on international economics and energy, resources, and environment from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. His bachelor studies were conducted in political science and French at the University of Utah, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques “Sciences Po” Rennes, and the Freie Universität Berlin.
Aki recently completed a course to become a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance at the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance.