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Ken Markowitz

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Kenneth Markowitz is the president and founder of Earthpace LLC, providing environmental, energy and regulatory policy, communications and management strategies. He advises leading public- and private-sector clients on the risks and opportunities associated with energy and climate regulation, policy and economic stimulus. Mr. Markowitz provides counsel on issues associated with clean technologies, emissions trading, greenhouse gas offsets, renewable fuels and energy efficiency.

As the Senior Climate Change Consultant for Akin Gump, Mr. Markowitz assists clients with policy development and advocacy before the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, other executive branch agencies and Congress.

Mr. Markowitz plays a central role in the management and evolution of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, a network of government regulators and members of the international regulated community, where he leads initiatives to strengthen compliance, improve investor confidence and ensure environmental integrity in emissions trading systems.

Under the direction of the Dutch, U.S., Japanese and British governments, Mr. Markowitz headed an initiative to strengthen compliance, improve investor confidence and ensure environmental integrity in carbon markets, bringing together regulators, businessmen and civil society around the world. The project helped to develop best practices to ensure market integrity throughout emissions trading systems, including the development of monitoring, reporting and verification procedures to make certain the quality of carbon offsets.

Mr. Markowitz has advised governments around the world, as well as major international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme, to strengthen rule of law and build stronger environmental governance systems through performance measurement, adaptive management and public-private partnerships. Mr. Markowitz has designed applications for the use of satellite remote sensing data in compliance monitoring, emergency response, environmental impact assessment, water resources and other regulatory contexts. Mr. Markowitz has also actively participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations on issues including the Clean Development Mechanism and technology transfer.

Mr. Markowitz has also worked on a broad range of environmental issues, counseling clients on international environmental agreements such as the Montréal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Basel Convention, CITES and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Mr. Markowitz previously served as a senior attorney at U.S. EPA, and in private practice as an environmental lawyer. Mr. Markowitz earned his B.B.A. in finance from Emory University in 1985 and his J.D. in 1989 from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Mr. Markowitz has written and contributed to a number of publications, including—