Molly Hellmuth

Senior Advisor for Climate Change

Molly Hellmuth is Winrock’s senior advisor for climate change. Her strategic leadership role in the Environment & Energy team involves working collaboratively across Winrock’s programs to grow Winrock’s climate change portfolio and to deepen, impact, scale, reach and thought leadership. Molly has more than 25 years of experience supporting the integration of climate science and information into the decision-making processes of the public and private sectors, including multilateral organizations and development practitioners. Molly’s expertise includes supporting climate-related planning and decision-making under deep uncertainty, including evaluating trade-offs to prioritize investments that address risks and build resilience over time. She has published extensively in development practice books and journals, including Science, and her research is cited in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. She is currently leading development of the international chapter of the 5th National Climate Assessment. Molly previously worked as ICF’s international climate resilience market lead. Prior to ICF, she was associate director of science policy outreach at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. She has worked as a research scholar in the Water and Population Programs at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, as a scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme – Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and as a water resources expert at the Dialogue on Water and Climate. Molly has lived in seven countries, and has project experience in 38 countries spread across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, and the U.S. In her abundant free time, she coaches youth alpine ski racers.

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