Alexander Ochs, Director, Climate and Energy Program

Contact Information
Department: Research
Title: Director, Climate and Energy Program
Phone: +1 (202) 745-8092, ext. 511

Program Director

Alexander Ochs is Director of Climate and Energy at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. where he leads a growing team of researchers, is a member of the Institute’s management team, and is chief editor of the renowned Re|Volt blog. Alexander currently also acts as President of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET), is an adjunct Lecturer at George Washington University, and a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Low Emissions Development Global Partnership (LEDS-GP) and Chair of its Energy Working Group. He is also an adviser to the German Government’s International Climate Initiative and on a number of other advisory boards.

Alexander studied at the Universities of Cologne and Munich where he graduated with a Magister Artium in political science, philosophy and literature. He held senior research and/or teaching positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy, Princeton University, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), City University of New York, as well as Freie and Humboldt universities in Berlin. At SWP, he founded the International Network to Advance Climate Talks (INTACT), a transatlantic initiative that over the years brought together hundreds of climate decision makers and experts from different professional backgrounds including policymaking, NGOs, industries, and academia. A co-editor of three books, author of numerous scholarly articles, director of two documentary films, and frequent contributor to public media, Alexander was a member of the German delegation to the UN climate negotiations, an Aspen Institute Young Leader and an elected member of tt-30. In 2011, he received the Sustainable Future Award of the Austrian Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs. In 2012, he served on a High-level Commission evaluating the French National Research Agency.

Alexander’s areas of expertise include climate, energy and environment policies of corporations, municipalities, provinces, countries and regions around the world; international climate negotiations; conventional and renewable energy technology, market trends, and policies; low-emissions growth strategies; transatlantic relations; global governance; UN reform; North-South and South-South cooperation; environmental security; human development indicators; international relations theory; discourse analysis. In 2010, he developed a methodology to design development pathways that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. These Sustainable Energy Roadmaps have since been applied successfully in three countries as well as two world regions, with a number of new geographic areas upcoming.


Selected Publications


For a full list of Alexander ‘s publications, please see his full CV here.