Green Finance: Funding the Green Transformation

Date(s) - 04/17/18
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council


Green Finance: Funding the Green Transformation

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Deborah Lehr, Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute; CEO, Basilinna. In conversation with Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow, Global Cities.

Green finance is crucial to realizing global sustainability goals. Countries around the world implementing plans to realize the Paris Climate Agreement are faced with an enormous investment gap between what is necessary and what the public sector can provide. For the green transformation to succeed, the private sector will have to lead the way. Banking, capital markets, and insurance must be positioned with sustainable development goals in mind. New financial instruments must be developed, and standards for the sector set. Countries like China are already experimenting heavily, nurturing a robust green bonds market and green finance pilot zones. What must governments and businesses know as the green economy accelerates? What are some best practices that can be considered from the Chinese experience?



Deborah Lehr

Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute; CEO, Basilinna

Deborah Lehr is vice chairman of the Paulson Institute, which she helped launch, and the CEO of Basilinna, a strategic consulting firm. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Chairman on US–China relations, provides counsel on strategic issues for the Paulson Institute, and oversees the Institute’s Green Finance initiative. Lehr has served in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors focused on China and emerging markets. Previously, she served as senior advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch as well as a senior managing director at the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, Lehr built a successful consulting business as a partner at Mayer Brown, a top 10 law firm, as President of Stonebridge China and then with her own firm. Her clients included JP Morgan, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Sesame Workshop, Tory Burch, Goldman Sachs, Sony Music, Time Warner and Boeing.






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