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Antonius joined CEA in 2017, based in Washington, DC, to build out CEA’s presence on the East Coast. Since joining CEA, Antonius’s clients have included multilateral organizations, philanthropies, and non-profit institutions, largely in the areas of natural resource economics and policy and climate change. Among others, Antonius has supported the World Bank in the development of climate smart agriculture investment plans for Bangladesh and Zambia; led evaluations of several large-scale programs in the field of fisheries infrastructure investments, aquaculture supply chain investments, and bioenergy policy advocacy; and led the analytics behind Rare’s 2019 report, “Changing Behaviors to Reduce US Emissions.” Since October 2019, Antonius has been the program officer of ClimateWorks’ Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Fund, currently the biggest philanthropic effort to build the field of ocean CDR.

Prior to CEA, Antonius was the environmental economist at Rare, an international NGO with programs on fisheries, agriculture and watershed management. In this role, Antonius spearheaded major organizational efforts to support markets-based solutions to resource management, led Rare’s analytical work with the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines (cost-benefit analysis of national small-scale fisheries reform and design of sustainable financing mechanisms to inform 5-year development plan), and designed the environmental guidelines for the first impact investing fund for tropical small-scale fisheries (Meloy Fund). Prior to joining Rare, Antonius worked as an external consultant for CEA between 2010 and 2014.

Antonius holds degrees from the German University of Cairo and University of Tübingen (undergraduate in biology), the University of Bremen (M.Sc. in tropical marine ecology), and Autonomous University of Barcelona (M.Sc. in applied economics and PhD. in natural resource economics).

Sitting on a board at dawn, waiting for a wave, surrounded by ocean life, is as good as it gets for Antonius.