Scotia Group Fellows

The Scotia Fellows are made up of people under 35 who are affiliated to one of Scotia Group’s partner institutions. Some are undergraduates, some graduate students and others are alumni who have gone on to work in fields related to the fight against climate change.

Scotia has sought to bring them into its deliberations, partly to diversify yet further our membership, partly to provide a platform for younger people, and partly to further the idea of intergenerational dialogue

Scotia has sought to bring them into its deliberations, partly to diversify yet further our membership, partly to provide a platform for younger people, and partly to further the idea of intergenerational dialogue. Of all the great issues facing us at this point in the 21st century, climate change is probably the one with the most to say about equity between the generations, since those to come are, in effect, being asked to pay for a meal they never ate.

This intergenerational dialogue was given concrete form in the Stanley Hoffmann–Louise Richardson prize, in which four teams of fellows competed to develop and present policy proposals that would, if enacted, make a tangible difference to the fight against climate change. The teams were mentored by Arvid Bell and Anselm Dannecker of Harvard University, and their contributions can be read here.

Scotia Group Fellows

Kate Cullen

Kate is working on a PhD at the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an associate at Oxford Net Zero at the University of Oxford.

Ngoc Anh Khoa Doan

Ngoc is a legal graduate of BPP University in the UK, and is now studying a bar vocational course at City University, London.

María Lemos González

After finishing her undergraduate degree in law at the University of the Andes in Colombia, María worked on climate change, forest and environmental governance issues at the Environmental Affairs Office of Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kate M Wilcox

Kate is a museum professional and postgraduate student at the University of St Andrews’ Museum & Gallery Studies Programme.

Tara Theiss

Tara works at the intersection of climate, corporate responsibility and corporate law.

Arthur Azerêdo Alencar Feitosa

Arthur is a Brazilian lawyer with a master’s degree in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Anjali Balakrishna

Anjali is active in the social and environmental sectors, with nearly a decade working across non-profit, public policy, and social enterprise initiatives.

Montague Jones

Montague travelled from his home in New England to study chemistry at the University of St Andrews. He is the COP26 coordinator at the university and is active in the Climate Reality Project.

Carl Stenberg

Carl graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2019 with a degree global law, followed by a masters in global energy from the University of Texas at Austin. Since passing the Texas bar, he has been practising as a junior nuclear energy lawyer.

Alexandra Weiler

Alexandra is a German-Colombian environmentalist. She recently graduated from the University of St Andrews with a masters in sustainable development. She has many years experience in grassroots sustainability initiatives and as an environmental activist.

Maxence Fontaine

Maxence is a 24-year-old French student who is preparing for his civil service exams. He graduated from the University of Groningen in energy law and from the University of Paris in public economic law. He is particularly interested in energy efficiency and alternative growth.

Jessica Omukuti

Jessica is a research fellow on Inclusive Net Zero at the Oxford NetZero Initiative, where she leads research on how carbon reduction can be made more equitable and inclusive. She is also completing a COP26 fellowship at the University of York). She has a PhD in climate justice from the University of Reading, a masters in climate change from the University of Sussex and a degree in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi.

Samuel Ngoga

Samuel is an aspiring lawyer and a climate advocate who was raised in Rwanda. He is currently a Youth Delegate at UNITE 2030, aimed at achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Lea Weimann

Lea has organised environmental campaigns in South Africa, Germany and the UK. She runs her own blog, radio show, and the Eco-Activist Journeys podcast. Lea co-organised and led four global climate marches in St Andrews, including the Line in the Sand event. She has published a non-for-profit poetry book called Dear Earth, which was launched in St Andrews in March 2020.

Edmund Crawley

Edmund studied theology and philosophy at Cambridge until last year, and has since then completed a law conversion in London, with the intention of training as a barrister specialising in environmental and planning law.

Jessica Crow

Jessica is an investment arbitration and energy law specialist. She is originally from Toronto and is currently based in London. She previously worked as an associate in the international arbitration teams of US law firms in Paris and London and has now returned to academia to pursue a masters and PhD in international investment law in the energy sector.

Nick Kuespert

Nick is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of St Andrews. Prior to that they studied philosophy and social sciences in Berlin, Edinburgh and New York.

Margaret Vatter

Margaret Vatter is in her fourth year at Boston University, where she is studying International Relations with a regional focus on Latin America and a concentration on environment and development.

As well as speaking at Scotia Group dialogues, the Fellows had the opportunity to enter the inaugural Stanley Hoffmann–Louise Richardson prize, which offered £25,000 and studying opportunities to the team that came up with the best policy to cut greenhouse gases.

This was judged in September, and won by a proposal to change Japan and Australia’s coal partnership into a green hydrogen collaboration.