Catherine Leining

Policy Fellow, Climate Change, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Catherine Leining has nearly 24 years of international policy experience with specialisation in climate change mitigation. As a Policy Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington, New Zealand, she co-leads the programme “Shaping New Zealand’s Low-Emission Future,” which includes research and stakeholder dialogue. She has held policy positions at the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. In government roles, she helped to design the policy and legislation for the NZ ETS and served as a negotiator in the New Zealand delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations (2008-2009). In the US, she held policy positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy, ICF Consulting and the International City/County Management Association. She provides independent consulting through Silver Lining Global Solutions (SilverLiningGS.com) and has been trained as a Climate Leader under The Climate Reality Project launched by Al Gore. She holds a BS in biology (with distinction) and French from Duke University.

Experience

  • –present
    Policy Fellow, Climate Change, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Education

  • 1993 
    Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, BS in Biology and French