Energy, Climate & Sustainable Investment Symposium

  • Date: September 22, 2020

About this event

Connecting global business leaders and renowned experts to accelerate climate impact

Symposium Brochure

California-China Climate Institute and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) invite you to join the inaugural Energy, Climate & Sustainable Investment Symposium— connecting global business leaders with renowned thought leaders, policymakers and practitioners who are transforming the future of energy, climate policy and sustainable investment and development throughout the world.

Designed to amplify today’s most urgent energy and climate challenges and opportunities, and accelerate global collaboration on solutions through network development, this 2-day Virtual Symposium offers actionable energy and investment strategies to define your sustainable future.

Session 1: Our Global Energy & Climate Imperative

Jerry Brown, Chair, California-China Climate Institute, Former Governor, State of California

Bing Xiang, Founding Dean CKGSB and Professor of China Business and Globalization

David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

Moderator: Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy, UC Berkeley
Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL)
Co-Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment

Session 2: Sustainable Investment and Clean Energy Innovation

Max Auffhammer, Professor of International Sustainable Development and,
Associate Dean in the Division of Social Sciences UC Berkeley
National Bureau of Economic Research, Energy and Environmental Economics Group

Kate Gordon, Director Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Chair, California Strategic Growth Council
Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor on Climate

Jianping Mei, Professor of Finance, CKGSB
Consultant and Financial Advisor to large financial institutions worldwide

Danny Kennedy, Chief Energy Officer, New Energy Nexus

Moderator: Aimee Barnes, Senior Advisor, California-China Climate Institute
Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown
Former Deputy Secretary CalEPA

Closing remarks by David Ackerly, Dean of the Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

September 22 & 23, 2020 (Americas)

September 23 & 24, 2020 (Asia)



Founding Dean and Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, University of Alberta

Dr. Xiang Bing is the Founding Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Under his leadership, CKGSB has evolved from a fledgling school to one of the most influential business schools in China with a global reputation since 2002.

Renowned as a foremost authority on China’s business and economy, Dr. Xiang serves as the first opening keynote speaker at the Harvard College China Forum in 2018 and 2023 and the Penn Wharton China Summit in 2023, the closing keynote speaker at the Columbia China Forum in 2024, the first closing keynote speaker at the Harvard College China Forum in 2024, and the closing keynote speaker at the SCMP China Conference on US-China Relations in New York City in 2019. Additionally, he was the First Co-Chairman for the Ditchley Foundation Annual Forum in 2018. He was also a lunch keynote speaker for the Foreign Policy Association’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

Dr. Xiang has served as an independent board member to several listed companies, including four Fortune Global 500 companies. He was a member of the Global Board of Trustees for United Way Worldwide (US) during 2011-2017.

His research interests include innovations from China, globalization of Chinese companies, China-US relations, economic disruption, social innovation, and the next-generation unicorns.

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Jerry Brown

Chair, California-China Climate Institute, Former Governor, State of California

Edmund G. Brown Jr., known as Jerry, was born in San Francisco on April 7, 1938. He attended both public and parochial schools, graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1955. He completed freshman year at the University of Santa Clara before entering Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary in August 1956. In 1960, he left the Society of Jesus and enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his B.A. degree in Classics the next year and then entered Yale Law School, where he graduated in 1964.

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