Ben Bartle is a principal/project director with RMI’s Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN).
Operationally, as project director, Ben manages CFAN’s various work streams and staff alongside CFAN’s director. Ben is the primary point of contact for CFAN’s national Climate Finance Advisor cohorts before, during, and following their tenure in-country. He also coordinates activities with partner institutions and programs. Ben leads advisors in designing climate finance projects and securing climate finance from public and private sources across SIDS and LDCs in the Pacific, Caribbean, and Africa. Ben also plays a lead role in developing and facilitating both advisor training and in-country workshops programs.
Strategically, Ben works alongside the CFAN director on CFAN growth and strategy development/planning, membership and country engagement, and fundraising activities. Ben also provides leadership on external engagement and communications, serving as a spokesperson to CFAN’s various stakeholders (governments, donor institutions, member initiatives).
Ben has 13+ years of experience in over 40 countries covering Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Before joining RMI, Ben was a senior climate finance expert at E Co., a consulting firm specializing in supporting countries in the global south to identify, develop, and secure funding for low-emissions, climate-resilient projects and investments. At E Co., he led assignments and multi-sectoral teams of experts across energy, industry, transport, agriculture, oceans and fisheries, land use, and forestry sectors. Convening stakeholder consultation and consensus-building, Ben has worked with diverse stakeholder groups, including national governments, international financial institutions, development banks, multilateral/bilateral development agencies, private sector organizations, CSOs, and NGOs. In addition, Ben has led climate finance readiness and capacity development programs and country strategy development/programming.
Ben has also held various roles at the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environment Facility, and other consulting and advisory roles.
Additional experience and expertise:
- Current board director at the Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA)
- Current active private sector observer of the Climate Investment Fund (CIF)—Clean Technology Fund and Current advisor to active private sector observer of the Green Climate Fund
- Diverse experience in private sector engagement, blended finance design, and fund mobilization
- Mobilized over US$350 million in private sector co-finance for over 40 projects successfully funded to the tune of around $500 million by climate funds such as the Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility, and Special Climate Change Fund
- Passionate environmental advocate and filmmaker, having written, directed ,and produced documentaries on climate change and international water projects for UNDP and the Global Environment Facility
MS, Environmental Management and Economics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Post Graduate Diploma in Science, Environmental Management