Energy, Climate & Sustainable Investment Symposium

About the 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)
Symposium Co-Chairs
  • 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.
  • Bing Xiang
    Founding Dean CKGSB and Professor of China Business and Globalization
    Dr. Xiang Bing is the Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Prior to joining CKGSB, Dr. Xiang was a Professor at Peking University and one of the seven founding faculty members of China Europe International Business School.

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