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Ari Huhtala - Deputy CEO – Policy and Programmes

Ari is an economist from Finland and he has spent most of his life in development work, first in the field of industrial development and technology/investment promotion and then specialising in environmental financing issues.

His experience includes UNDP in Hanoi and Dhaka, UNIDO headquarters in Vienna and Representative in Bangkok, manager for cleaner production financing at UNEP Paris, environmental advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Team Leader for a KfW environmental credit line in Indonesia.

More recently he has worked at the Environment Department of the World Bank in Washington DC leading a cluster on climate finance acting as well as preparing for Rio+20. In May 2012 he joined the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) as Director of Policy and Programmes.



Ari Huhtala's content

FEATURE: Towards a green finance action agenda

CDKN attended the Global Green Growth Week was held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, 5-9 September. The is the first of two blogs reporting from the event, by Ari Huhtala, [more]…

OPINION: Follow Paris Agreement with green investment deals

The next step after the Paris Climate Agreement is to turn countries’ national climate commitments into investment deals, says CDKN’s Ari Huhtala. Here, he reports on the latest meeting of the San Giorgio Group: a group of eminent climate finance specialists. [more]…

FEATURE: The Green Climate Fund – baby steps towards delivery

CDKN's Ari Huhtala and Christina Elvers report from the meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Zambia last week, where the Board made its first funding decisions. [more]…

OPINION: Financing for Development - an unmissable opportunity to back climate compatible development

This week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, governments meet at the Financing for Development conference. It’s part of a long intergovernmental series of meetings to assess whether international and domestic financing for development is adequate and to encourage greater assistance commitments from industrialised nations [more]…

OPINION: Fiscal policies support climate compatible development

Fiscal policies play an important role in guiding investment decisions towards low emission and climate resilient options, report Sam Bickersteth and Ari Huhtala from the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference. [more]…

OPINION: Private sector action in adaptation

Ari Huhtala, CDKN's Deputy CEO for Policy and Programme, reflects on government strategies to attract private investors to climate adaptation, as highlighted in several recent expert debates. [more]…

NEWS: CDKN launches Climate Finance Advisory Service

The Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS) is a platform through which negotiators, policy makers and advisors in the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries can access bespoke information and guidance needed to effectively participate in complex global climate finance negotiations. [more]…

FEATURE: Climate Investment Funds (CIF) entering a new phase

CDKN's Director of Policy and Programmes, Ari Huhtala, reports back from the latest global discussions about the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and reflects on the past, present and future of the CIF. [more]…

NEWS: Carbon Expo dives into climate finance

The second blog from CDKN's Director of Policy and Programmes, Ari Huhtala, who attended the Carbon Expo in Cologne from 30-31 May. Here, he discusses the challenges of engaging the private sector with low-emissions development pathways. [more]…

FEATURE: On carbon markets - ‘the valley of creation’

Ari Huhtala, CDKN's Director of Policy and Programmes, encounters a carbon trading industry eager for business and political leadership at the Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany. [more]…

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