Catherine Leining

Policy Fellow/Research Analyst, MOTU Economic and Public Policy Research

Catherine Leining has over 26 years of international policy experience with specialisation in climate change mitigation policy. As a Policy Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, she leads Motu’s research and engagement programme on “Shaping New Zealand’s Low-Emission Future.”

She has held policy positions at the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. In government roles, she helped to design the NZ ETS and served on the New Zealand delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations (2008-2009). In the US, she held policy positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy, ICF Consulting and the International City/County Management Association. She provides independent consulting through Silver Lining Global Solutions ( and has been trained as a Climate Leader under The Climate Reality Project launched by Al Gore.

In December 2019, she was appointed to the New Zealand Climate Change Commission. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies. She holds a BS in biology (with distinction) and French from Duke University.



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