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Biography of Dr. Charles Donovan
Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College London


Dr. Charles Donovan 


Charles Donovan is a Principal Teaching Fellow at Imperial College Business School. In his corporate career, he was most recently Head of Structuring and Valuation for Alternative Energy at BP plc, where he managed a team responsible for analysis and financing of large renewable energy projects in North America, Europe and Asia. He was part of the strategy team that launched the alternative energy division in 2005, with a commitment from BP to spend $8 billion over 10 years, and participated in a number of strategic acquisitions. Charles began his career as an Energy Policy Analyst with the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and subsequently worked in principal investments at the Enron Corporation. His experience also includes several years in managment consulting.

Charles holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, graduated with honours from the MBA program at Vanderbilt University, and completed a Doctorate in Management at the IE Business School in June 2012. His doctoral dissertation, Learning about Risk: Renewable Energy Investment in Emerging Markets, examined the financial and strategic motives of clean technology investors in China, Brazil and India. Charles is the editor and co-author of Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future, published by Imperial College Press in September 2015.


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