About ICF

Molly Hellmuth, Ph.D.

International Lead, Climate and Resilience + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow
Molly ensures resilience to changing climate risk, with over two decades of experience mainstreaming climate-resilient development.

Molly is also a senior fellow with the ICF Climate Center. In this role, she provides compelling research and objective perspectives on a wide range of climate-related topics to help advance climate conversations and accelerate climate action.

Molly has over two decades of experience mainstreaming climate-resilient development and advising governments, non-governmental organizations, international development organizations, the private sector, and development practitioners. She has developed resilience strategies, tools, and guidelines for various clients, including USAID, the United Kingdom Department of International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Centre for Energy, the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

An internationally recognized expert in water resources and climate risk assessment and management, Molly has published extensively, including in development practice and policy-oriented books and journals. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, the Stern Review, and other seminal climate change publications cite her as an expert. Molly previously co-led strategic guidance on climate-resilient infrastructure to inform infrastructure development investments domestically and abroad. She spearheaded a groundbreaking analysis with support from USAID focused on climate-resilient, low emissions power sector planning in Tanzania. In addition, with USAID support, she worked with a team of experts to develop the first climate-resilient municipal land use plans in the Dominican Republic, which included guidelines for land use planners.

Before joining us, Molly was the associate director of science policy outreach at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. She has also served as a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, a scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and a water resources and climate change expert at the Dialogue on Water and Climate.

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