Dr. Karl Hausker is a senior fellow in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute, where he leads analysis and modeling of climate mitigation, deep decarbonization, the social cost of carbon, and power sector policy, and contributes to work on the New Climate Economy. He has worked for 30 years in the fields of climate change, energy, and environment in a career that has spanned legislative and executive branches, research institutions, NGOs, and consulting. He has led climate policy analysis and modeling projects for USAID, USEPA, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and the California Air Resources Board. Much of his work has focused on the energy and transportation sectors, and on low carbon, climate resilient development strategies.
From 2007-2013, Karl was a vice president at ICF International. He previously served as deputy director at the Center for Climate Strategies and as a principal with Hagler Bailly. Karl worked in India all of 1999 as a visiting fellow at TERI. His experience also includes: serving President Clinton as deputy assistant administrator in EPA’s Policy Office where he represented EPA in interagency climate policy development and at COP 1; and serving as the chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he worked on a diverse set of issues including electricity restructuring, CAFE standards, alternative fuels, western water policy, nuclear power, and energy security.
Karl holds an M.P.P and Ph.D. in public policy from University of California, Berkley, and received his B.A. in economics from Cornell University.
William F. Hederman
William F. Hederman most recently served as senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, providing leadership on USDOE missions to Ukraine, the Baltics, and Germany. In this position, he was also the chief architect for the analytic framework developed for DOE's groundbreaking Quadrennial Energy Review.
Bill began his professional career as a systems integration engineer at Bell Labs in the directorate that later developed the cell phone system. He served on the RAND Corporation's research team, worked as the Congressional Budget Office's first energy and science budget analyst, and led the establishment of: the policy analysis department at INGAA (pipeline association), the International Energy Agency's gas technology center, and the Washington office for RJ Rudden Associates (now Black & Veatch). Additionally, he was vice president for Business Development and Strategic Initiatives at Columbia Transmission Companies on the management team that brought Columbia out of bankruptcy. During the Enron and California crises, Bill joined FERC and formed the Office of Market Oversight and Investigations, which has been credited with playing a major role in the restoration of confidence in electricity and natural gas regulatory oversight.
Bill holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame, and a professional degree (M.P.P.) from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ken Kulak is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis, where he advises clients on energy regulation and complex energy transactions. Ken has worked on a wide variety of renewable energy projects and helps clients navigate the legal issues associated with the development, purchase, sale and financing of renewable energy in evolving regulatory frameworks. His clients include utilities, developers, investors, and corporate energy users whom he counsels on retail and wholesale electricity market issues, distributed generation, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ken worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he represented the United States in contract and employment law cases. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is currently a lecturer and teaches a seminar on energy law and climate change.
Kulak earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Anna Mikulska is a nonresident scholar in energy studies at the Baker Institute. She joined the institute's Center for Energy Studies following her two-year postdoctoral appointment at Rice University’s Local Elections in America Project. Anna's research interests center around European energy markets and energy policy. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and co-authored articles in the European Journal of Political Research and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, as well as a chapter in the “Introduction to American Government” textbook. Anna has served as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals and was on the editorial board of the law review at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. She speaks Polish, English, German, Farsi, and Russian.
Anna earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston, a master's degree in international relations from the University of Windsor in Canada, and a law degree from Adam Mickiewicz University.
Dr. Scott Moore is a political scientist whose research focuses on environmental politics and policy reform, especially climate change, water resources, and ocean issues. Scott is currently a Young Professional with the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice, where he helps lead institutional reform and capacity-building efforts with the Bank’s client countries. He co-authored a flagship World Bank report on water and climate change (High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy) and is currently leading a high-level study on water governance reform requested by the Chinese government.
Previously, Scott served as Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer for China at the U.S. Department of State through a Council on Foreign Relations International affairs fellowship. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing and coordinating all aspects of U.S.-China environmental cooperation, and worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as ocean conservation and civil space cooperation. Before joining State, he was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he focused on water scarcity in China.
Scott’s research and commentary has appeared in a variety of leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Nature, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. Scott holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton. He is a Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes scholar.
Howard Neukrug is a national expert and leader in drinking water, water resource and wastewater utility management, recognized as a builder of regional and inter-agency coalitions and trust-based relationships with regulators, legislators, environmental and consumer advocates, and communities. He is currently the Principal of CASE Environmental LLC, a Senior Fellow at the US Water Alliance (USWA), an Advisor to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Forest Service, and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. where he teaches classes on “Water, Science and Politics”, “Sustainable Cities” and “Future Trends in the Water Industry”.
Neukrug most recently retired as CEO of Philadelphia Water, a $1 Billion (USD) integrated drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and water resource public utility serving over 2 million persons in a city located between New York City and Washington, DC. The defining initiative in his tenure as CEO is his Green Cities, Clean Waters program that places an unprecedented reliance on innovative green infrastructure to managing urban runoff. He is a Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer and an Honorary Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.
Neukrug earned a degree in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Steve Viscelli is an economic and political sociologist. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Steve’s research focuses on work, labor market economics, and economic regulation. He has a recent book with the University of California Press entitled The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. In addition to his academic research, he works with a range of public and private stakeholders to make the trucking industry safer, more efficient, and a better place to work. In particular, Steve has worked with public and private organizations to develop new ways to move freight through urban areas to increase fuel efficiency and reduce the negative impacts of truck traffic. In addition to beginning as a senior fellow this fall, Steve will be a Fox Family Pavilion scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2012-2016, Steve was a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College and a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. From 2010-2012 he was a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow in economic sociology at the University of Wisconsin.
Steve earned a Ph.D.in sociology in 2010 from Indiana University, a M.A. in anthropology in 2002 from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in philosophy in 1996 from Colgate University.
Arthur van Benthem
Arthur van Benthem specializes in environmental and energy economics. He is an Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton. His recent work focuses on unintended consequences of environmental legislation and the economic efficiency of energy policies.
Before pursuing his doctoral studies at Stanford, he worked in various roles at Royal Dutch Shell, most recently in corporate strategy as an energy economist in the Long-Term Energy Scenarios Team. During his undergraduate studies, Arthur enjoyed working as an evening stock trader at IMC Trading in Amsterdam.
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2012, a masters degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam.
De Shaun Bennet
De Shaun Bennet is a Dual Degree Masters student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Education Policy program and Fels Institute of Government Masters of Public Administration program. He is a recent graduate of Morehouse College where he obtained a B.A in Sociology with Mathematics minor. De Shaun was a Gates Millennium Scholar and was recently selected as a Woodrow Wilson – Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow. Originating from Little Rock, AR, De Shaun aspires to obtain his PhD, focusing on social, economic, and community development.
Thomas Lee is a senior in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, pursuing dual degrees in Economics and Computer Science, as well as an M.S.E. in Systems Engineering. He writes for the Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group and Penn Sustainability Review.
Theodora "Theo" Okiro a first year Master of Public Administration candidate at the Fels Institute of Government. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Theo was the Director of Communications to a City Council member in Chicago for two years. Her responsibilities there included legislative affairs, constituent services, and press relations. Theo was born in Bronx, New York and is of Nigerian descent. She has a strong interest in promoting fair and equitable access to credit, social policy and economic development.
Dillon Weber first joined the Kleinman Center as a student from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science. While at Penn, Dillon wrote as a guest contributor to the Penn Sustainability Review and The Daily Pennsylvanian. He graduated in 2016 with majors in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Economics and now works as a Production Engineer for The Dow Chemical Company in the Electronic Materials Business in addition to his work for the Kleinman Center.