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Transition to Net Zero

Friday, May 7, 2021
8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. ET

This year’s annual “Climate Science & Investment Conference” will examine the global transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. How will the transition to net zero affect business strategies? What will be the impact on asset values and share prices? And, most importantly, how will the transition by companies to net zero change the trajectory of emissions to avoid the most dramatic impacts of climate change?

This conference — a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and Columbia Climate School — brings together climate scientists and business leaders to understand how new advances in research and practice can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. The forum explores topics that address the value and opportunity of using a science-based approach to inform and guide business and investment decisions.

The event will be held online in a virtual format and is open to the public. Please register here.

Agenda

8:30–8:32 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

 Costis Maglaras

Costis Maglaras
Dean
Columbia Business School

 
8:32–9:00 a.m.

Corporate Transition Keynote

 Jason Bordoff

Jason Bordoff
Director
Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

 Vicki Hollub

Vicki Hollub
President and CEO
Occidental Petroleum

9:00–9:15 a.m.

Country Transitions Keynote

 Hiro Mizuno

Hiro Mizuno
UN Special Envoy;
Former CIO
Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund

 
9:15–9:40 a.m.

Country Transitions Panel

 Nathaniel Keohane

Nathaniel Keohane
Senior Vice President for Climate
Environmental Defense Fund

 

Melissa Lott

Melissa Lott (moderator)
Senior Research Scholar
Center on Global Energy Policy

 David Sandalow

David Sandalow
Inaugural Fellow
Center on Global Energy Policy;
Co-director, Energy and Environment Concentration
School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

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9:40–10:00 a.m.

Tracking the Transition Research Initiative

 Geoffrey Heal

Geoffrey Heal
Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise
Columbia Business School

 
10:00–10:30 a.m.

Tackling the Net Zero Challenge Keynote

 Rich Lesser

Rich Lesser
CEO
Boston Consulting Group

 
10:30–11:15 a.m.

Corporate Transition Panel

 Chelle Izzi

Chelle Izzi ’04
Executive Director of Distributed Generation
NextEra Energy Resources

 Rasmus N.D. Skov

Rasmus N.D. Skov
Head of Global Sustainability & Markets Communication
Ørsted

 

 Brian Janous

Brian Janous
General Manager of Energy & Renewables
Microsoft
 

 Bruce Usher

Bruce Usher (moderator)
Co-director
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise;
Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, and Professor of Professional Practice
Columbia Business School

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Investor Panel

 Andre Bertolotti

Andre Bertolotti
Head of Global Sustainable Research
BlackRock

 Kara Mangone

Kara Mangone ’14
Global Head of Climate Strategy
Goldman Sachs

 Matthew Slovik

Matthew Slovik
Managing Director and Head of Global Sustainable Finance
Morgan Stanley

 Bob Litterman

Bob Litterman
Founding Partner
Kepos Capital

 Steven Rothstein

Steven Rothstein (moderator)
Founding Managing Director
Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets

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12 p.m.

Closing Remarks

 Geoffrey Heal

Geoffrey Heal
Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise
Columbia Business School


 

 Bruce Usher

Bruce Usher
Co-director
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise;
Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director,
and Professor of Professional Practice
Columbia Business School