With over two decades of professional experience within the European Commission, Agata Kotkowska brings insights into European regional, energy, and environmental policies. Trained as an economist, her expertise focuses on sustainable finance, innovative financial instruments, green budgeting, and effective utilization of European public funding for the green transition towards carbon-neutral Europe.
Currently affiliated with the Institute of European Studies as a visiting researcher and fellow of the European Commission, she is exploring the financial innovations essential for the private capital market to leverage investments in support of biodiversity requirements in Europe and across the globe.
The EU Fellows Program enables staff from the EU Commission or Parliament to spend up to one year as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California in Berkeley. During the fellowship, Agata carries out research on a project related to her work, as well as undertakes outreach activities, thus acting as an “ambassador” for the EU.
Agata engages with fellow researchers and the university community to collectively pave the way to a more sustainable, environmentally conscious, and financially resilient future.