Alexander Ochs Chosen to Head Worldwatch Climate and Energy Program

Washington, D.C.-The Worldwatch Institute announced today that Alexander Ochs, a well-known expert on international climate and energy policy, has joined the Institute as Climate and Energy Program Director. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Alexander was the director of international policy at the Center for Clean Air Policy. He is the founding director of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET) and a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Alexander Ochs to our team. His extensive background and expertise on both sides of the Atlantic will strengthen Worldwatch's work during the run-up to the historic climate talks in Copenhagen this December," said Christopher Flavin, President of the Worldwatch Institute.

Alexander Ochs was a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin from 2001 to 2007, where he co-founded and later directed the International Network to Advance Climate Talks. Ochs has held research and/or teaching positions at the City University of New York, Princeton University, Munich University, and the Freie and Humboldt Universities in Berlin. He has been a member of the German delegation to the UN climate negotiations and is co-editor of two books and author of numerous scholarly articles and policy papers. Ochs is a regular commentator for Deutsche Welle, Germany's public international broadcaster, as well as Grist Magazine, and a member of various climate and energy advisory committees.

"After years of following Worldwatch's pioneering work, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to this influential organization," said Ochs. "Our immediate goal is to help advance the worldwide efforts to mitigate climate change in the lead up to Copenhagen and beyond."