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Dymphna van der Lans

Dymphna van der Lans

Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


Dymphna van der Lans is an Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies, and serves as the CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative, 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.


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