Dymphna van der Lans

Dymphna van der Lans

Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies
European and Eurasian Studies

Background and Education

Dymphna van der Lans is an Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies, and serves as the CEO of the Clinton Climate Initative, where she oversees climate and energy related programs within the Clinton Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dymphna served as the senior director for public policy programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Energy & Society Program, Economic Policy Program, Immigration & Integration Program, and Urban and Regional Policy Program. Before GMF, Dymphna was the director of global renewables, infrastructure, and energy efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London. She worked for seven years at BP where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy's director of distributed energy markets. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Dymphna as one of its inaugural ambassadors of its Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. 

Her native language is Dutch, and in addition, she speaks English and Chinese fluently and has conversational ability in both French and German. Dymphna holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. She earned a Master's in Business Administration from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management's Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.

2015-04-14 00:00:00 
Fall 2016 
This course wil...
This course will provide students with insights into the complexity of decision making on energy transition in Europe. The course will focus specifically on: i) energy-system thinking, ii) business model innovation and financing, and iii) public and private leadership. The current European energy system faces many pressing issues. Competition for natural resources such as energy, water, and land has risen from the center of national strategic concerns due to the emergence of new economic powers, a rapidly growing urban population, and the impacts of climate change. Energy security concerns in Europe are growing, but solutions focus mainly on securing supplies for foreign oil and gas and reducing dependence on their imports. The diversification of energy supply options and the efficient management of energy should be part of the energy security debate. In Europe, energy infrastructure, generation, transportation, and distribution systems are under tremendous pressure. National and state electricity grids are often outdated and constrained and in need of major investments. Current infrastructure is inadequate to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon energy future that will include a growing supply from renewable energy sources such as offshore wind and solar. Through this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the energy transition in Europe, the dilemmas business leaders and policymakers face and the significance of system-level decision making. They will also develop skills to research and write concise policy papers focusing on innovative policy recommendations as well as an increased ability to facilitate in a dialogue on the energy transition and its (un)intended consequences. The course will use tools such as the computer simulations C-ROADS and En-ROADS.