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Tony Annett is a Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Working closely with Religions for Peace, he leads the Earth Institute’s initiative to strengthen the engagement of the world’s religious communities in the climate change and sustainable development agenda. Trained as an economist, Tony has a keen interest in Catholic social teaching and in the intersection of ethics and economics more broadly.

Tony spent sixteen years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, with stints in the European, Fiscal Affairs, and Communications departments. In this role, he worked as an economist on a variety of countries and regions – including Bulgaria, Ghana, Euro Area, Iceland, Jordan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Uganda, and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he worked for five years as speechwriter to two successive Managing Directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine Lagarde.

Tony received his B.A. (First Class Honors, Gold Medal) from Trinity College Dublin in 1991, his M.Litt. from Trinity College Dublin in 1993, and his Ph. D. in economics from Columbia University in 1998. He is also a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a papal order of chivalry.