Axel Michaelowa has a PhD in Economics and works on international climate policy instruments and the UNFCCC process since 1994. He is part-time researcher at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Zurich and managing director of the consultancy Perspectives which he co-founded in 2003. Axel has written more than 100 research articles and studies on various aspects of market mechanisms and climate policy and consults private, governmental and public institutions on these topics. Within the IPCC, Axel was lead author for the chapter on policies and measures in the 4th and 5th Assessment Report. Between 2006 and 2013, Axel served on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Registration and Issuance Team of the CDM Executive Board; he was member of the board of the Swiss Climate Cent Foundation between 2005 and 2009. Axel has participated in UNFCCC negotiations since COP 1 in 1995 and provided related support to the governments of Liechtenstein, Mexico, Qatar and the UAE, as well as capacity building in over 30 developing countries, ranging from Algeria to Yemen. He has worked on national mitigation strategies in Algeria, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, as well as on 10 approved baseline methodologies under the CDM.