Christopher Kardish
Master’s in Public Policy
Project Manager

Chris Kardish is a Project Manager at adelphi specialising in emissions trading, market mechanisms, and climate finance. He is analysing emissions trading systems (ETSs) for the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), contributing to its research papers and other knowledge-sharing activities. He also manages ICAP’s external communications.  

Chris combines experience in climate policy, global development, journalism, and communications. He developed a strong knowledge base on the economics of climate change, mitigation instruments, and climate adaptation. Through previous work experiences he gained expertise in analysing data on global development financial flows, managing digital communications platforms, and journalistic work. At the ICAP Secretariat, he analyses active and potential ETSs in North America and the Asia-Pacific while conducting analyses for policymakers of the ICAP Member States and contributing to ICAP’s knowledge-sharing work on trends in ETS design. He also manages ICAP’s external communications, including news updates on developments in ETSs worldwide.    

Before re-joining adelphi, Chris worked for the Berlin-based global development consultancy SEEK Development, where he analysed trends in funding flows from major OECD donors for the BMGF-funded platform Donor Tracker and served as its Editorial and Communications Lead. During his last time at adelphi as a Project Assistant, he supported projects on climate adaptation. Before coming to Berlin he covered politics, health reform, and environment as a journalist for various media outlets in the US.   

Chris earned a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance, during which he wrote his thesis for the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change as a Visiting Researcher. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.  

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