Who We Are
We created Giving Green with the objective of directing dollars and volunteers towards evidence-backed projects that combat the climate crisis. We are producing an actionable and dynamically updated set of recommendations for how to support organizations that are demonstrably reducing atmospheric GHG. Our recommendations and research are scientific, transparent, and independent.
Giving Green is an initiative of IDinsight (an international development non-profit that uses data and evidence to combat poverty worldwide), with the vision of spinning it off into its own organization once it has achieved financial sustainability. We are a team of economists, data scientists, and climate experts with decades of experience working at the intersection of evidence-based policy and the environment.
IDinsight is a non-profit and the work of Giving Green is exclusively focused on making a difference in the fight against climate change. We receive no funding from and have no formal relationship with any of the organizations we study or recommend.
Our work is funded by the support of generous donors who believe in our mission. If you are interested in supporting our mission to bring data and evidence to the fight against climate change, please consider donating to Giving Green by using the Give page or contacting us directly. We also provide bespoke consulting services to organizations who want to bring more data and evidence to their pro-climate activities. If interested in this, please drop us email at .
Dan is a Giving Green initiative co-founder and the Chief Economist at IDinsight.
Dan is passionate about using evidence-based approaches to fight the climate crisis. Prior to IDinsight, Dan worked as an Economist at the World Bank, where he launched a program of impact evaluations in energy and environment.
Dan holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Physics and Political Economy from UC Berkeley.
Sebastian Lucek is an Associate at IDinsight, based in New Delhi, India.
Prior to joining IDinsight, Sebastian gained field and research experience as an intern at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and through work in India and Poland on multiple areas including education, governance, and ethnic conflict.
Sebastian holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University.
Nicholas Parker is a Giving Green initiative co-founder and Head of Strategic Operations at IDinsight.
Prior to joining IDinsight, Nick worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Institute and aboard an oceanographic research vessel.
Nick holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy with a specialization in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Paras Singh is a Climate Change Research and Outreach Intern for Giving Green at IDinsight.
Her work is focused on climate policy and transition pathways, and climate communication.
Paras holds a Master’s degree in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy from King’s College London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Delhi University.
Ruth Levine is the CEO and Partner of IDinsight. She is a development economist with more than three decades of experience working on the design and implementation of policies and programs related to global health and education, social protection, gender equality, and labor markets.
Neil Buddy Shah
Neil Buddy Shah is a Giving Green initiative co-founder and the Managing Director at GiveWell. Buddy has a decade-plus track record of taking cutting-edge ideas from academia and industry and applying them to the needs of the social sector.
Michelle Levinson is an Associate at The Cadmus Group. She has over a decade of experience working on US climate policy and electricity markets.
Jae Pasari is the Program Manager for Climate Action at Preston-Werner Ventures. He leads research to identify high leverage climate investment opportunities in non-profit, political, and business spheres.
Dan Plechaty is a Program Manager at ClimateWorks. As part of the Global Intelligence team, his work involves data analysis, policy modelling, economic valuation, and data visualization.
Daphne Yin is a Senior Consultant at Indufor. She advises on investments and programs to strengthen the resilience of rural landscapes, combat climate change, and ensure sustainable sourcing of forestry and agricultural products.
Shu Dar Yao
Shu Dar Yao is an ESG and impact investing advisor with expertise across asset classes. She led the Investment Committee at RSF Social Finance and previously has worked at Social Finance, Citigroup's Inclusive Finance, the World Bank Group's IFC, and JPMorgan.