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Brian O'Hanlon

Brian O’Hanlon

  • Global Climate Finance

Brian is a Principal with the Global Climate Finance team and Executive Director of RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. His team works with financial institutions to ensure they have the data, frameworks, tools and agreements in place to enable the decarbonization of their portfolios and investment decisions.

Brian is also leading RMI’s work on accelerating the development of green banks at the national, sub-national, and city levels.


Previously, Brian served as Managing Director of Business Development for OPIC’s Global Energy Group where he led the group’s origination and account management for financing power projects in developing countries. His team has developed a $5 billion pipeline of potential projects leading to over $1 billion in commitments to finance since 2016. Brian also spent seven years leading the U.S. Department of Commerce’s efforts to develop markets for U.S. renewable energy companies with a particular focus on China and India.


Brian holds an M.A. in International Relations from American University and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Pacific Lutheran University. He has also passed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam.

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Banks and Climate Action: Taking Stock of Recent Commitments

Recent months have seen major moves on climate action by some of the world’s largest private banks, including JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley. What sets this latest wave of climate pledges by financial institutions apart from past announcements? Building on previous commitments that increase green investments or restrict financing…