Dr. Federico Gallo has international expertise in quantitative environmental finance and has advised top decision makers including aides to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon. Since completing his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 2005, Federico has been applying his advanced quantitative modeling skills to help solve some of the complex problems facing our increasingly globalized society. At the RAND Corporation, he developed statistical models of human behavior to understand problems ranging from healthcare to transport. His work on population ageing and the sustainability of the pension systems received international media coverage, including the Economist Magazine, the BBC, and the Guardian.
In 2007, Federico joined the British Government, where he led the development of a set of innovative models to quantify and analyze renewable energy and carbon finance, including carbon markets. The models were used to inform national policy by many government departments, from the Treasury to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, as well as to support the Prime Minister on a number of occasions, such as in preparation for Gordon Brown’s G8 meeting in 2008. Notably, the models played a crucial role in supporting the UK Climate Change Act of 2008, the first of its type in the world; in particular, the models provided hard evidence in support of the key element of the Climate Change Act: the commitment by the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% relative to 1990 by 2050.
Federico has also been very active on the international arena. In 2009, under the British Foreign Office, he led an international collaboration to support the negotiations on climate change. He supported the development of the national modeling capabilities in India, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. In particular, in 2010 he was invited by the Mexican Ministry of Finance to set up a new Task Force to support its proposal for a Green Fund to help combat climate change. Key findings by Federico were formally endorsed by the United Nations Secretary-General (UN AGF Report), which paved the road for the Green Climate Fund to be formally accepted by the United Nations in December 2011.
In 2012 he also supported the CDM Policy Dialogue: his advice was formally endorsed as one of the key recommendations to reform the CDM, and it was reviewed by international media outlets including Bloomberg and Reuters.
Federico’s research work now includes natural resources more broadly, in particular water scarcity. He is a regular adviser to international organizations, including the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the World Meteorological Organization, and the United Nations, as well as several national governments and ministries.
Federico holds a BSc in Theoretical Physics from King’s College London and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge University.