John Sottong

Senior Associate Science Based Targets Initiative, WRI


John Sottong is a Senior Associate in WRI’s Business Center and currently manages the Technical Working Group for the Science Based Targets initiative. John has nearly two decades of experience working on a wide range of climate change, energy and international development initiatives. John has been nominated to the UNFCCC’s Roster of Experts, and throughout his career has worked side-by-side with countries and companies of all sizes to help build their capacity to measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to joining WRI, John provided thought leadership and subject matter expertise to multilateral and bilateral development organizations, including the World Bank and IFC, on how to translate Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into private sector investment opportunities to help attract and scale global climate finance. Previously, John also managed the technical program for the U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders Program, where he negotiated, benchmarked and approved over 50 corporate GHG reduction targets among a group of 200 large, multinational companies representing 12% of U.S. GDP.

John holds an M.A. in International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in Psychology and German from the University of Oklahoma.