Dymphna van der Lans joins WWF as the Senior Director for International Corporate Engagement with the Climate & Energy team. Dymphna joins from the Clinton Foundation in New York, where she served as the CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative, leading the climate and energy related programs for President Clinton. Prior to the Clinton Foundation, Dymphna served as the senior director for public policy programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in DC where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Energy & Society Program, Economic Policy Program, Immigration & Integration Program, and Urban and Regional Policy Program. Before GMF, Dymphna was the director of global renewables, infrastructure, and energy efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London. She worked for seven years at BP where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy’s director of distributed energy markets.
The U.S. Department of Energy selected Dymphna as one of its inaugural ambassadors of its Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. The C3E program aims to advance the careers and leadership of professional women in the field of clean energy. Dymphna is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a course on energy transition, systems, innovation and leadership. Her native language is Dutch, and in addition, she speaks English and Chinese fluently and has conversation ability in both French and German. Dymphna holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.