Nicola is Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) and Head of Climate and Environmental Risk Research at the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Nicola is also a Senior Consultant for the World Bank in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice.
Nicola specialises in climate and environmental risk data and analytics, financial and fiscal risk management and the role of finance in resilience and sustainability. She works at the intersection of science, risk analytics, finance, economics and policy. She works extensively in emerging and developing economies, particularly in Southeast Asia and Africa.
Nicola has almost two decades of experience in climate change and sustainable finance and has held senior roles in public policy, development finance, academia and industry. Nicola joined Oxford from the World Bank, where she worked with Ministries of Finance, Central Banks and regional institutions to strengthen financial resilience to climate and other crises. Prior to this, she held roles in the UK Department for International Development (now FCDO), the London School of Economics and Political Science, Risk Management Solutions, Defra and HM Treasury.
Nicola has written more than 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and contributed to major reports including the UK National Climate Change Risk Assessment, the World Development Report 2010 and the IPCC Special Report on Managing Extreme Events and the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. Nicola holds a doctorate in Atmospheric Physics from Imperial College London.