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, 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 Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). CKGSB is China’s first faculty-governed, independent and private business school with headquarters in Beijing, campuses in Shanghai and Shenzhen and representative offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.

He has served as an independent board member of a number of companies (including four Fortune Global 500 companies) listed in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) in Brazil, a member of the Global Advisory Board of Yonsei School of Business in Korea, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Royal Academy of Management (RAM) in Oman, a member of the Advisory Board of Asia House in London and a Counselor for One Young World Summit in Dublin. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for United Way Worldwide (US) from 2011-2017.

Dr. Xiang’s research interests include the reform of state-owned enterprises, innovation and the role of the private sector in China, and economic disruptions. He is a leading authority on China business, innovations in China, globalization of Chinese companies, China’s development models, global implications of China’s transformation, social innovation, economic disruptions, China-US relations, global trade and investment systems and global governance. His writings and cases on these subjects are considered among the most influential in China and beyond.

Dr. Xiang has served as keynote speaker at influential forums and conferences around the world. These events include Harvard China Forum (closing keynote, 2017; first keynote, 2018; opening keynote, 2019; first keynote, 2023; Harvard University), Morgan Stanley Twenty-first Century Asia Pacific Summit (November 16-17, Singapore; keynote), SCMP China Conference: USA 2019 (December 10, 2019; New York City; closing keynote), FT Banking Summit 2017 (November 30, 2017; London; closing keynote), CKGSB-Brookings US-China Forum 2016 (December 14, 2016; New York City; opening keynote & Dialogue with Dr. Henry Kissinger) and US Committee of 100 Annual Conference 2016 (April 16, 2016; Los Angeles; opening keynote). He has been invited to prestigious webinars such as Bo’ao Dialogue 2020, Asian Leadership Conference 2020, 2022 and 2023 (Seoul, Korea), World Knowledge Forum 2021 (Seoul, Korea) and World Chinese Economic Summit 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

He has participated in many prominent closed-door conferences, including Ditchley Foundation Annual Forum (2010, 2012, 2018 (First Co-Chairman) and 2021), Yale CEO Summit (2016) and Rome Roundtable (2017—2020 and 2022). He was also an invited speaker for forums such as the World Economic Forum, Bo’ao Forum for Asia and Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, and for institutions like the Foreign Policy Association (September 27, 2018; New York City; lunch keynote for members of the Board of Trustees), Center for Strategic and International Studies (September 28, 2018; Washington D.C.; lunch keynote and roundtable panelist) and Pheu Thai Party in Thailand (September 2, 2019; Bangkok; a special talk for 350 parliament members).

Dr. Xiang was named the “China Philanthropist of the Year” in 2018, 2020 and 2022 by China Philanthropy Times. He was awarded the “Vanguard for Social Responsibilities” in 2020 by Southern Weekly.

Dr. Xiang received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Alberta in Canada, and his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. 

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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.

MEI Jianping

Professor of Finance, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, Princeton University


Professor of Finance, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise: Art Investing, Asset Pricing, Culture and the Arts, International Finance, Market Manipulation, Real Estate Finance, Wealth Management


Professor Mei Jianping is a Professor of Finance at CKGSB. His major areas of research include international asset pricing and real asset finance.

Mei earned a PhD in Economics from Princeton University and BS in Mathematics from Fudan University. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, New York University, Tsinghua University, University of Amsterdam, Bocconi University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

He has published over 30 articles in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and other academic journals. He has received several “Best Research Paper” awards from various academic organizations. His research has been covered extensively by major news media in China, the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

Mei has served as a consultant and financial advisor to some of the largest financial institutions in the world, including Prudential Insurance of America, Fidelity Investment, UBS Warburg, Asia Development Bank, NCH capital, Koo’s Group, and W.P. Carey. He provides international asset allocation and real estate investment research to top decision makers and their clients. He has advised several major Chinese asset management companies as well as the Yunan Investment Trust Company.

Mei has acted as faculty director for New York University’s numerous international residency programs. He served as an organizer for several investment conferences, including a post as chairman of the Greater China real estate investment session for the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. He is also a faculty sponsor of US-China exchange program at the Stern Business School at New York University. The program has trained over 100 senior Chinese government officials and investment professionals.

Mei was a principal developer of the Mei Moses Fine Art Price Indices, which have been covered in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Time, Forbes and other world news media. The indices have been emplyed by several major US and overseas banks in private banking transactions.

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