Grand Ballroom
Jan 25, 2023 08:30 AM - 09:15 AM(America/Chicago)
20230125T0830 20230125T0915 America/Chicago Keynote Speaker: Aimée Christensen

TURNING RISK INTO OPPORTUNITY: THE POWER OF NATURE AS AN ENGINE FOR SECURITY AND PROSPERITY

At this time of urgent and expanding threats - from cost of living to climate change - government and business leaders are increasingly turning to nature to drive prosperity and security. Can our food, agriculture and energy systems, which have for too long been a source of risks, instead be solutions? From the Gulf Coast to far corners of the world, join us to explore how industries and governments are building economic opportunity and protecting quality of place in partnership with nature.

Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global where she advises clients ranging from climate innovators to global businesses, from multilateral institutions to investors, including Aleph Farms, Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Sustainable Energy for All, and Virgin Group.  Over her 30-year career, she has worked as a policymaker at the White House and U.S. Department of Energy, as a carbon, climate, and clean energy lawyer at the World Bank and Baker & McKenzie, and as Climate Maven at Google. She negotiated the first climate change agreements (U.S.-Costa Rica 1994, et al.), she successfully advocated for the adoption of the first climate investment responsibility policy which was adopted by the Stanford University Board of Trustees in 1999, and guided Google's 2007 commitment to carbon neutrality and lobbied on their behalf for the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). She served as Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All (2012) and founded and led the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience (2015-2020) and Sun Valley Forum (2015-present). She is an ...

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TURNING RISK INTO OPPORTUNITY: THE POWER OF NATURE AS AN ENGINE FOR SECURITY AND PROSPERITY

At this time of urgent and expanding threats - from cost of living to climate change - government and business leaders are increasingly turning to nature to drive prosperity and security. Can our food, agriculture and energy systems, which have for too long been a source of risks, instead be solutions? From the Gulf Coast to far corners of the world, join us to explore how industries and governments are building economic opportunity and protecting quality of place in partnership with nature.

Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global where she advises clients ranging from climate innovators to global businesses, from multilateral institutions to investors, including Aleph Farms, Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Sustainable Energy for All, and Virgin Group. 

Over her 30-year career, she has worked as a policymaker at the White House and U.S. Department of Energy, as a carbon, climate, and clean energy lawyer at the World Bank and Baker & McKenzie, and as Climate Maven at Google. She negotiated the first climate change agreements (U.S.-Costa Rica 1994, et al.), she successfully advocated for the adoption of the first climate investment responsibility policy which was adopted by the Stanford University Board of Trustees in 1999, and guided Google's 2007 commitment to carbon neutrality and lobbied on their behalf for the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). She served as Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All (2012) and founded and led the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience (2015-2020) and Sun Valley Forum (2015-present). She is an Aspen Institute Catto Fellow (2010), a Hillary Institute Leadership Laureate (2011), and an Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year (2020). She has a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from Smith College.
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