PROF. J. PETER CLINCH
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Peter is a founding Director of EnvEcon Ltd. He is a trusted senior adviser on strategy and economic policy to national and international governments, agencies and blue-chip organisations. Peter has been appointed to positions of responsibility by four governments of different political persuasions including serving as Chief Policy Adviser to the Irish Prime Minister. He is currently Chair of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland (Ireland’s National Productivity Board) in which capacity he serves as a Senior Adviser to Government and at European level on competitiveness, trade and economic policy and is regularly consulted on a broad range of policy domains. Peter has extensive experience in high-level negotiations including participating in Irish government meetings with the global CEOs/Presidents of, inter alia, Intel, Coca Cola, IBM, BNY Mellon, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, HP, and Pfizer. In addition to serving Cabinet Committees on Economic Renewal, Climate Change and Energy Security, and Science, Technology and Innovation, he was a member of Irish Government delegations to the European Council, the UN General Assembly, Davos World Economic Forum, Asia-Europe Meetings, a series of overseas trade missions, as well as the Prime Ministerial delegations to meet Heads of States, including US President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
Peter is currently Jean Monnet Full Professor and Chair of Public Policy at University College Dublin and an affiliate Faculty Member of the competitiveness unit at Harvard Business School. He previously served as Vice-President of University College Dublin – Ireland’s largest University – where he had special responsibility for innovation, enterprise development and corporate partnerships. In addition to being Chair of the National Competitiveness Council, Peter is also a Member of the National Advisory Council on Climate Change which has been set up to advise government on the means by which the Irish economy can be significantly decarbonised by 2050.
Peter holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics, a Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He is an applied economist and author of over 100 publications including books, book chapters, international journal articles and conference proceedings and approximately 100 conference papers and other publications. He has held Visiting Positions or has been an invited speaker at, inter alia, the European Commission, Said Business School at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard Business School, the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, the University of Southern California, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2014, Peter was made a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and, in 2017, was conferred with a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences for distinguished contributions to social science research.