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Jeff Swartz, '06

Jeff Swartz


Based in London, Jeff is the Director for climate policy and carbon markets at South Pole. He is an internationally-recognized climate change and carbon pricing expert with wide ranging international experience across the UK, EU, US and China.  

From 2011-2017, Jeff served as the managing director at IETA (International Emissions Trading Association).  Based in Brussels, Jeff managed and directed all aspects of international climate policy for the International Trading Association. He made a tremendous contribution, notably through his work in the run up to the Paris climate talks and via the B-PMR, which opened the door to IETA in many new countries. 

Prior to joining IETA in 2011, Jeff spent +4 years in Beijing working on the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and Evolution Markets.

He has had experiences working for the U.S. State Department in Guangzhou, and also at the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments where he worked on the design of local implementations of California's AB 32 scoping plan. Fluent in Mandarin and French, Jeff holds an M.A. in International Environmental Policy from Middlebury-the Monterey Institute of International Studies, as well as a B.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in International Relations--both from the University of the Pacific.