Our Team

Pankaj Bhatia the Deputy Director of WRI’s Climate and Energy Program (CEP) and Director of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol). As Deputy Director, he helps manage one of WRI’s largest programs and oversees three work-streams – GHG Protocol, Major Emerging Economies objective, and Vulnerability & Adaptation objective. In addition to his role within CEP, Pankaj is one of the leading experts and authority on the GHG Protocol standards and tools, particularly in the areas of corporate, scope 3, mitigation action, and city accounting.

As GHG Protocol director, he launched and led the three-year global process that involved more than 2300 stakeholders to develop the new GHG Protocol Scope 3 and Product Standards. These standards were released in October 2011. Currently, he is leading a WRI team working to develop new state-of-art tools and standards in financial accounting, agriculture accounting, mitigation action accounting, and city accounting and to establish new GHG registries and programs in key major economies including China, India, and Brazil.

From 1998 to 2000, he was vice president of Tata Energy & Resources Institute, a not-for-profit research organization based in Arlington, Virginia and affiliated to The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India. From 1993 to 1998 he served TERI, New Delhi on various projects related to implementation of the Montreal Protocol in India and development of environment policy for technology transfer and capacity building in Indian industry.

He holds a Masters in process engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Bachelors in chemical engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

Cynthia Cummis is the Deputy Director of GHG Protocol within WRI’s Climate and Energy Program. In this role she manages GHG Protocol’s corporate work which includes activies related to the Corporate, Scope 3 and Product Life Cycle Standards. Ms. Cummis is a well-known expert in GHG accounting and brings more than 15 years of experience working on the issue of global climate change. Prior to WRI, Cynthia was the Director of Carbon Management at Clear Carbon Consulting where she managed carbon quantification and management projects for multiple Fortune 500 clients as well as large public institutions. Ms. Cummis was the Founding Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders Program, a voluntary program that partnered with businesses to develop corporate-wide greenhouse gas inventories and reduction goals. For more than 5 years, she led the design and implementation of the program and oversaw the growth of the program to more than 90 corporate Partners.

Vivek Adhia is a Senior Associate in the GHG Protocol who is working with businesses in India to promote stewardship, innovation, and an alternate response to climate change. Vivek is leading an initiative to set-up a voluntary, industry led National GHG Program to facilitate efficient, profitable, competitive, and sustainable businesses in a carbon constrained world. The program aims to mainstream energy and GHG emissions measurement and management as well as climate leadership in the India’s corporate sector. It will also establish an interactive platform for sharing tools, standardize reporting frameworks, create a web-based GHG emissions registry, share case studies and best practices, and recognize sector leaders.

Vivek has worked extensively with the corporate sector. At Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Vivek worked on a variety of sustainability initiatives including climate strategy, carbon footprinting, water footprinting and environmental mapping, incorporating sustainable business practices across the organisation and the value chain, carbon trading and finance, and life cycle assessments. He also led a workstream on Collaborative Innovation with the World Economic Forum, covering the areas of bio-refineries, energy harnessing and alternative materials promoting and mainstreaming innovation across the food-water-energy and carbon nexus. Vivek also specializes in project management, project finance, business strategy, chemical engineering, cleantech and biotechnology.

Ranping Song joined the GHG Protocol team as an Associate and Program Manager of the GHG Protocol in China. Working out of the WRI office in Beijing, Ranping manages GHG Protocol’s effort in China, supporting Chinese companies for the GHG Protocol Value Chain and Product Standards road testing, developing localized GHG Protocol tools & standards, conducting trainings and advising GHG management programs.

Prior to joining WRI, Ranping worked as the China Campaign Manager for The Climate Group in Beijing. There he worked to engage companies and government agencies to promote climate friendly products in order to reduce carbon footprint. Before working for The Climate Group, RP worked for the United Nations Development Group in New York. Ranping has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Lanzhou University.

David Rich is a Senior Associate with the GHG Protocol Initiative at the World Resources Institute. He focuses on the development of greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards and emissions registries. Previously, David worked with the Climate Registry to develop a common GHG reporting protocol for use by companies across North America. He is currently developing new GHG Protocol standards for product life cycle and supply chain (scope 3) emissions accounting through a global multi-stakeholder process. He also focuses on mandatory GHG reporting to support regulatory policies, such as cap-and-trade. David holds a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Stephen Russell is a Senior Associate in WRI’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol team. Dr. Russell manages the development of GHG accounting and measurement tools for GHG-intensive sectors, including the power, cement, and iron and steel sectors. Stephen also provides technical support to WRI’s GHG program in China, engaging companies and key partners in creating GHG standards specific to Chinese industries. Additionally, Stephen’s expertise includes statistical modeling and software programming.

Prior to joining WRI, Stephen conducted environmental research as a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Max-Planck Research Society in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. and B.S. in Environmental Biology from the Universities of St. Andrews and York (U.K.), respectively.

Wee Kean Fong is a Senior Associate with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol at the World Resources Institute. He leads the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Cities Project to develop an international standard for accounting and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from cities and communities. His latest publication is the Pilot Version 1.0 of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Emissions that jointly developed with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Under the same partnership, Fong is currently working on a full value chain (all direct and indirect emission sources) greenhouse gas accounting standard for cities, which expected to be completed in 2014.

Fong also provides technical assistance and training to help cities implement citywide greenhouse gas inventories according to the Global Protocol. He leads WRI’s greenhouse gas accounting projects in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Bangalore (India), and Xiaolan (China).

Before joining WRI, Fong was affiliated with a Japan-based international consulting firm, where he undertook climate change projects in a number of cities in Asia, including Manila (the Philippines), Islamabad and Rawalpindi (Pakistan), Zhengzhou and Zibo (China), Pahang and Johor (Malaysia), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), and others. During his PhD program, he conducted a Japan-Malaysia joint research on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for a number of cities and regions in Japan and Malaysia. Prior to that, he was based in Malaysia, where he was one of the lead environment and urban planning consultants in the State of Sarawak.

Fong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Technology Malaysia, and a Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering from the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan.

Neelam Singh is a Senior Associate on the GHG Protocol team who supports the project’s developing countries program, focusing on China and India. Neelam designs and delivers training courses on corporate and project accounting for WRI’s programs in China and India, for companies from various sectors, including the emissions-intensive Chinese cement sector. She is also researching various design options for a sectoral crediting mechanism.

Prior to joining WRI, Neelam worked as an environmental scientist with Potomac-Hudson Engineering (PHE), a private environmental and information technology consulting firm. Neelam also spent over four years as a research associate with the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) climate change campaign and has worked as a short-term consultant with the World Bank. Neelam has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in International Development Studies with a specialization in Environment Studies from Ohio University.

Mary Sotos is an Associate on WRI’s GHG Protocol team and leads the team’s work on developing international GHG accounting guidance for renewable energy products and purchases. She co-authored the U.S. Public Sector Protocol providing GHG accounting guidance for US government agencies, and also supports the team’s calculation tools and resources. Mary graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She spent a year in Brussels, Belgium conducting research through a Fulbright Fellowship analyzing regional energy demand projections and the anticipated impact of energy efficiency policies in the building sector. She also pursued graduate coursework in Science and Environmental Management at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

Jingjing Zhu, originally from Zhejiang, China, has established her passion and commitment towards sustainable development of environment and energy system during her study and work. Jingjing worked with Evolution Markets, which is a brokerage firm in energy and environmental markets, on their business in both compliance and voluntary carbon markets. Jingjing gained good knowledge about international and domestic carbon trading, project identification and origination, business model development and market research through this job.

In March, 2012, Jingjing joined WRI China office as a research assistant. Her major responsibilities will be supporting the GHG accounting tool development and energy efficiency financing program. Jingjing has a master degree in Environmental Management (majored in Energy and Environment) from Duke University, NC, the USA. Jingjing also has a bachelor degree in Environmental Science from Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

In December, 2011, Jingjing obtained the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate credential.