Kirsty Hamilton

Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme


Kirsty Hamilton is an associate fellow at Chatham House where she focuses on the intersect between policy and finance to drive sector-level climate solutions.

Taking a bottom-up approach she set up one of the first initiatives in 2004 to bridge the gap between senior finance practitioners and policy counterparts focusing on ‘investment grade’ renewable energy policy.

She went on to establish and head the policy work of the first-of-kind Low Carbon Finance Group (2010-2015) founded by lead energy financiers post-financial crisis, with a core focus on the UK’s electricity market reforms, illustrating factors that impact risk profile.

Her current focus is more fully integrating investment into decision-making to increase ‘investment confidence’ for governments –a key foundation for faster climate action.

She has 30 years of experience of international climate and energy policy, the 1990s as an NGO at the front end of climate debate and then working with the clean energy and finance sectors.

She has been an observer at the UNFCCC since the early 1990s and has held several invited international roles including REN21, World Economic Forum, UNEP Finance Initiative and she has been an expert reviewer and a contributing author to the IPCC.

In her capacity doing advisory work, roles in 2019 include specialist advisor to a parliamentary Inquiry into financing energy infrastructure and senior policy advisor to an energy storage and renewables investor.

Past experience

Invited Positions
2004 - presentAssociate Fellow, EEDP, Chatham House, Renewable Energy / Low Carbon Finance
2007 - presentSteering Committee of REN21 - Renewable Energy Policy Network
2003-2010Advisory Board, Climate Change Working Group, UNEP Finance Initiative
2009, 2010World Economic Forum, Global Action Council on Sustainable Energy
2005–2007, 2008–2010, 2013Expert Reviewer fourth and fifth Assessment Reports and contributing author to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Work Experience
2002 - presentEnergy and climate policy consultant. Clients include Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee (Investor Confidence Inquiry), IADB, financial companies, energy sector, UNEP Finance Initiative (written training for financial sector on UNFCCC, 2006-2013), JETRO, UK Energy Research Centre, UKERC.

Policy Head, Low Carbon Finance Group

1996-2000Greenpeace International - coordinated the organisation's climate-related corporate work internationally (insurance sector, fossil fuel sector); following work in the first half of the decade for Greenpeace in New Zealand (1990-1996) establishing the climate change and energy work on electricity sector reform