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About Pengwern Associates

John Ward

John founded Pengwern Associates in 2018, as a lean and flexible consultancy through which he could collaborate with like-minded individuals across the world to address some of today’s most intractable environmental and social problems.

A well-respected economist, with considerable expertise in the environment and development sectors, John previously worked as Managing Director at Vivid Economics, where he specialised in energy, climate and development policy.

John has worked with clients in over 25 countries, including those from the private sector, multinational organisations such as the World Bank, European Investment Bank and United Nations, and a range of government departments.

In addition to his role as Managing Director of Pengwern Associates, John is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an Associate Director of Vivid Economics. He holds an MSc in Economics (Distinction) from University College London and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

What does Pengwern mean?

John lives with his family in Shrewsbury, a town in the beautiful county of Shropshire.

Today it is part of England, but in pre-Roman times much of Shropshire belonged to the ancient Welsh Kingdom of Powys. Cynddylan, Prince of Powys, is thought to have held his court at Pengwern, on land that now forms part of Shrewsbury. The Pengwern name is still associated with the town today.