John O’Brien

Regional Technical Advisor on Climate Change Mitigation

Based in: Bratislava Regional Centre

From: New Zealand

Studied at: Columbia University

Languages:  English, French, Russian, Spanish


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I’m John O’Brien, and I’m providing technical and strategic advice related to climate change mitigation.


My main areas of expertise are:


  1. 1.  Carbon finance and the Kyoto Protocol
  2. 2.  Carbon forestry
  3. 3.  Investments in renewable energy
  4. 4.  Investments in energy-efficiency


I have seventeen years experience working globally with climate change and energy issues both with UNDP and in the private sector in carbon finance and investment banking based in New York, London, and Moscow.


In addition, I have worked with other multi-lateral institutions such as the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate (UNFCCC) Secretariat.



My work:


I am developing new UNDP / Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects related to energy-efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport.

I have also been assisting UNDP activities in the area of carbon finance and the Kyoto Protocol. I am responsible for mobilizing resources for new climate change mitigation projects and managing projects under implementation.


I am currently responsible for climate change mitigation projects in Albania, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.



Some achievements:


2009-2011 Mobilized $33 million in resources for new UNDP GEF climate change projects in, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine; managed a $60 million portfolio of approximately 20 GEF climate change mitigation projects in nine countries


2005-2009 Successfully co-launched carbon trading company in London, after raising $20 million for start-up operations; Developed a portfolio of clean development mechanism (CDM) and joint implementation (JI) projects in Russia and Ukraine focusing on private equity investments in landfill gas projects which led to the first ever successful landfill gas project in the world being registered under the JI mechanism; Established New Zealand’s first carbon brokerage company, which transacted three of the first four joint implementation (JI) carbon deals from New Zealand 


1995-2004 Climate Change Consultant in the USA, UK, and New Zealand



For more details, you are welcome to contact me directly:

+421-2-59337 413