Dymphna van der Lans

Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves


Dymphna van der Lans has more than 25 years of experience managing and leading global development, energy, and climate initiatives in the nonprofit and private sectors. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public–private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on energy transition, systems, innovation, and leadership.

Prior to joining the Alliance, van der Lans was the Senior Director of Climate and Energy at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Previously, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she oversaw climate- and energy-related programs; and as the Senior Director for Public Policy Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Energy & Society Program, Economic Policy Program, Immigration & Integration Program, and Urban and Regional Policy Program. Prior to the German Marshall Fund, van der Lans was the Director of Global Renewables, Infrastructure, and Energy Efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London. She also worked for seven years at BP, where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy’s Director of Distributed Energy Markets.

Van der Lans is a native Dutch speaker, speaks English and Chinese fluently, and speaks conversational French and German. She holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. Van der Lans earned an MBA from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.