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Climate Finance: One Foundation’s Approach

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Overview

CFA Institute has organized a series of webinars to examine the cause and effects of climate change. As we have seen from recent record-breaking heatwaves and the increased incidences of droughts and wildfires, our climate is changing rapidly due to human generated greenhouse gas emissions. The next 10 to 20 years are the most important period for mankind to make substantial and sustainable emissions reductions.

In the next webinar of the series, industry experts will discuss how a foundation approaches the issue of climate change and the climate-related finance strategy it employs for maximum impact. This webinar will focus on a case study that originally appeared in the CFA Institute report "Climate Change Analysis in the Investment Process.

About the Speaker(s)

Matt Orsagh
Matt Orsagh CFA

Matt Orsagh is the senior director, capital markets policy, at CFA Institute, where he writes and speaks about pressing issues in global market integrity and corporate governance. He leads projects aimed at fostering greater transparency and accountability in global financial markets; promulgates CFA Institute’s Capital Markets Policy Group corporate disclosure positions, policies, and standards; and coordinates and supports related public awareness activities.
Matt’s expertise is in the area of corporate governance and disclosure best practices, ESG, shareowner rights, short-termism, and financial regulation. He was previously named one of the “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.
Matt holds a BA degree in Communications and English from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA degree in Finance from Georgia State University.

Marilyn Waite
Marilyn Waite

Marilyn Waite leads the Climate Finance Fund after most recently managing the climate and clean energy finance portfolio at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She has worked across four continents in renewable and nuclear energy and venture capital and investment. She previously led the energy practice at Village Capital, modeled and forecasted energy solutions to climate change as a Senior Research Fellow at Project Drawdown, and managed innovation projects at AREVA (now Orano and Framatome). Marilyn serves on various boards, including the W Fund and the Kachuwa Impact Fund. She has advised government entities such as the Office of the California Governor through the State of California Advisory Group on Climate Risk Disclosure and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) JEDI Committee. She holds a Master’s Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. Marilyn is the author of  Sustainability at Work: careers that make a difference and writes in a number of outlets, including the Financial Times, Forbes, and GreenBiz.