UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Michael Benedict Yamoah

Michael Benedict Yamoah supports corporate sustainability and analytics efforts at Bechtel Corporation, an international engineering and construction company. In this role, he helps direct the implementation of Bechtel’s sustainability strategy across the enterprise and into major projects. Michael leads the design and integration of data analytics to enhance Bechtel’s decision processes on sustainability.

He also manages a portfolio of global issues and policies, including climate change, adaption, and conservation. Prior to Bechtel, he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council—a leading advocacy NGO focusing on international climate issues and natural resource conservation.

He also worked for the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines on sustainable transportation policies, and the World Bank in South Sudan on a fisheries project. Educated in the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. 

Michael holds a BA in International Affairs and Business Administration from Carroll College, and an MA in International Development from The George Washington University with an emphasis on energy, resources, environment and sustainable development. He is currently a Doctoral (PhD) candidate at the University College London.

Research subject

Thesis Title: Managing the environment in the era of sustainable development: Options for convergent and coherent national implementation of the post-2015 agreements

Primary Supervisor: Prof Michael Grubb

Secondary Supervisor: Dr Ben Milligan

This research involves a comparative analysis of the commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The general aim is to develop a flexible, fine-grained suite of policy options for implementing these commitments at a national level in a coherent and convergent manner, including through implementation of indicator frameworks connecting all four groups of commitments. It will inform political discussions within the Global Legislators Organization, the United Nationals Environmental Program (UNEP), the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, among others; and also business discussions within the private sector.