Change The System, Change The Future: Building Prosperity For All In The Decade Of Climate Action

by Sustainability Management Student Association

Academic Climate Change Conference/Symposium Virtual

Fri, Apr 8, 2022

10:30 AM – 3:45 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join us for the 11th Annual Climate Symposium, hosted by the Earth Institute, the Sustainability Management Program and the Columbia Climate School.

The Symposium will address how today├óÔé¼Ôäós sustainability leaders break away from business-as-usual scenarios through thought-provoking keynotes, informative panels, and solutions-oriented conversations. Join our growing community of visionaries and practitioners to move beyond individual action and catalyze for systemic change.

Take part in a discussion with a variety of speakers on panels around climate finance, circular economy, impact entrepreneurship, analytics for sustainability, environmental justice and energy.

Please be advised that your presence as a member of the audience, including virtual attendance, during the event constitutes your permission to let Columbia University use your likeness for promotional and/or broadcast purposes.
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Past Events

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Rethinking finance for the climate and for all

After making net-zero commitments and under the sway of ESG pressures, investors and corporations are compelled to reduce their environmental and social impact. The discussion will focus on the tools and mechanisms that help decision makers assess climate risks, attract capital for their projects or allocate it to adaptation or mitigation solutions addressing climate change.

This panel will be moderated by Satyajit Bose (Professor of Practice, Sustainability Management at Columbia University
Associate Director, Research Program in Sustainability Management).

Panelists include:
- Mafalda Duarte, CEO of the Climate Investment Funds
- Adriana Becerra-Cid, Sustainability Manager Private Assets at Lombard Odier
- David Thomas, Communications Manager at Capitals Coalition
- Alejandra Alonso, Sales Development Representative at Moody's ESG Solutions

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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How do new ventures envision and shape a fair and sustainable world?

Discover the world of entrepreneurship through the lenses of those who want to disrupt the status quo and create solutions that have an impact. This panel will discuss the journey of entrepreneurs and those that support in their journey to drive environmental and social change.

This panel will be moderated by Joy Fairbanks (Adjunct Assistant Professor Management, B.A., UC Berkeley; M.SC, London School of Econ and Political Science; M.B.A., Columbia Business School).

Panelists include:
-Janice Tran, CEO and Co-founder at Kanin Energy
-Sylvain Massot, Founder and CFO at Impaakt
-Arne Halleraker, Partner at FJ Labs
-Dr Sarah Qureshi, CEO and Co-Founder at Aero Engine Craft Private Limited; Ambassador at Solar Impulse Foundation

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Making zero waste a fair and sustainable reality

How can we transform the traditional-linear supply chains into circular systems that do not harm the environment and are beneficial for all? Learn about the different approaches and methodologies in which stakeholders across the value chain can collaborate in order to create circular systems. The discussion will raise the challenges and opportunities faced by companies when adopting circular practices while also focusing on the advantages of being ├óÔé¼┼ôborn circular├óÔé¼┬Ø.

The panel will be moderated by Danielle Azoulay, VP, Head of ESG at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Panelists include:
-Danielle Joseph, VP, Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners
-Carmen Gama, Director of Circular Design at Eileen Fisher
-Elodie Rousselot, Strategic Design Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
-Viviana Alvarez Sanchez, Former Head of Sustainability for Unilever North America

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Applying advanced analytics to sustainable solutions

This panel will explore how advanced analytics has been a disruptive force to finding sustainable solutions in various industries. We will discuss what key elements are required to integrate these approaches, how to engage all stakeholders, and how modeling has benefited specific projects the panelists have worked on.

This panel will be moderated by Dr. Marco Tedesco (Lamont Research Professor & Adjunct Scientist at NASA).

Panelists include:
-Dr. Christian Braneon, Climate Scientist at NASA & Co-Director of the EJCJC Network at the Earth Institute
-Dr. Beth Tellman: Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona
-Lior Keet: Managing Director, Emerging Technologies, Ernst & Young LLP
- Mike Lyons, Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Rethinking the sustainability of the clean energy transition

While ├óÔé¼┼ôrenewable energy├óÔé¼┬Ø and ├óÔé¼┼ôsustainable energy├óÔé¼┬Ø are often used interchangeably, they have subtle nuances that make a world of difference. This panel will explore these differences by discussing the sustainability of the clean energy transition, the extractive nature of renewable energy technologies, and how industry leaders are thinking about these factors. What elements need to be put in place, both upstream and downstream, to ensure the clean energy system is both sustainable and equitable to all stakeholders involved?

This panel will be moderated by Martin Dietrich Brauch (Senior Legal and Economics Researcher at CCSI).

Panelists include:
-Dr. Tegan Blaine, Director, Climate, Environment & Conflict at the United States Institute of Peace
-Morgan Bazilian, Director at Payne Institute & Professor of Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Climate justice solutions to create a prosperous and just transition

In this panel, we will explore the intersection of the environmental crisis and equity struggles happening at a local and regional level. Our panelists will surface key environmental justice issues, and explore solutions to create an inclusive and prosperous future.


We look forward to welcoming:

- Susan Blaustein, Founder/Executive Director at WomenStrong International (Moderator)

- Valerie Boucard, Associate Program Officer, Nathan Cummings Foundation

- Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE

- Kizzy Charles-Guzman, Executive Director, Mayor├óÔé¼Ôäós Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

- Jade Begay, Climate Justice Campaign Director, NDN collective


Special thanks to Pascale Deau from The SUMA Equity Alliance, who collaborated with us in the development of this panel.

Fri, Apr 08, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Private Location (sign in to display)
2022 Climate Symposium - Networking Reception (Registration required)

Join us in-person for refreshments and socializing in the Presidential Ballroom at Faculty House (Morningside Campus) after the 11th Annual Climate Symposium, sponsored by The Earth Institute and The Climate School.

The Networking Reception will be from 6 - 8 PM, check-in will begin at 5:30 PM.

Due to current COVID restrictions, this event is currently open to current students ONLY. If CU policy changes before the event, we will be updating accordingly.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required, walk-in's and plus-ones will not be admitted. The deadline to register is March 25th, 2022.

If you are registered and no longer able to attend, please update your RSVP status as soon as possible.

All non-Columbia Affiliates must be pre-approved.

All attendees must have photo ID and proof of vaccination.

CUID holders are required to complete ReOpenCU protocol and show the ├óÔé¼╦£green├óÔé¼Ôäó pass at check-in.

  • RSVP - Current SUMA or SUSC student
  • RSVP - Columbia Faculty
  • RSVP - Current Columbia Graduate Student (not SUMA or SUSC)
  • RSVP - Columbia University Alumni


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Dr. Marcuis Extavour

Vice President of Energy & Climate

XPRIZE Foundation

Dr Marcius Extavour is interested in the power of technology innovation to unlock and support deep social change in the direction of equity and justice. He is Vice President of Energy & Climate at XPRIZE Foundation, where his work includes global incentive prize competitions to support and evaluate communities of entrepreneurs and innovators, such as the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal funded by Elon Musk. He was named a 2019 VERGE Vanguard Fellow as one of 20 dreamers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and others leading the clean economy. He previously served in the Obama administration as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. His work has spanned the private sector in the electricity industry, semiconductor and telecom research and development, science policy, and fundraising. He earned a PhD and MSc in quantum optics and atomic physics, and a BASc in engineering science from the University of Toronto.

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Dame Vivian Hunt

Senior Partner


Dame Vivian Hunt is a Senior Partner for McKinsey & Company. Vivian previously served as Managing Partner for the UK and Ireland for seven years and led the Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice in EMEA. She advises corporate, public, and third sector clients on the topics of performance improvement, productivity growth and leadership. She has been named “the most influential black woman in Britain”, “one of the top 25 consultants in the world”, and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London”. 

Vivian has co-authored some of McKinsey’s most influential publications, including McKinsey’s Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age, showing that both human capital and technology are at the heart of improving productivity. Her pioneering work tying diversity to strong financial performance includes: The Power of Parity (2016), Delivering through Diversity (2018), Diversity Wins: how inclusion matters (2020) and Diversity still matters. More recently, Vivian’s co-authored articles include COVID-19 in the United Kingdom: Assessing Jobs at Risk and the impact on people and places and The case for stakeholder capitalism. 

Vivian is on the board of several significant business groups, charitable and education bodies including the Prime Minister’s Build Back Better Council, the Confederation of British Industry, and the Harvard Board of Overseers. Vivian is Chair of Teach First, the UK’s leading education charity, Trustee of The British Museum and sits on the governing board of the Southbank Centre and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. 

Vivian is an inspirational speaker and a powerful advocate for non-traditional voices in the corporate world. In October 2020, she delivered a TED Talk on How businesses can serve everyone, not just shareholders. 

In 2018, Vivian was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business. 

Vivian is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Georgia Levenson Keohane

Professor of Social Enterprise

Columbia Business School

Georgia Levenson Keohane has more than twenty years of leadership experience in the private and nonprofit sectors at the intersection of the capital markets, responsible investing and business, innovative philanthropy and public policy, most recently as the President of the Navab Capital Partners (NCP) Foundation and head of the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practice, and before that Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation.  Keohane is also a professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, where she hosts the Capital for Good podcast.  This last year she helped lead one of New York City's COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts, and has focused on the importance of stakeholder capitalism in times of crisis.  A former McKinsey consultant, Keohane advises CEOs, boards, management teams, and institutional, corporate, and philanthropic investors on strategy, operations, ESG and impact investing, and inclusive growth.  She speaks and writes regularly on social and economic policy, and the role of business in society and is the author of two award winning books, Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World's Most Urgent Problems (2016) and Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors (2013).  Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Time, and the Harvard Business Review, among other publications.  Keohane is a senior fellow at New America and serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards.  She holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MSc from London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.


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