Tuesday, November 27, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: Barbara Finamore, Damien Ma, Gary Yang
Event Fee: Free
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
After years of breakneck development, China has turned to environmental clean-up, with ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions and new environmental standards for its corporate players. The country is still the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but the government is developing a strategy for a new, greener economy. The move is creating entire new markets, in renewable energy, transportation, forestry, water management, and other sectors. What are the business opportunities? Barbara Finamore, author of a new book, Will China Save the Planet?, and founder of the China Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Damien Ma, a renewable energy expert and associate director of the Paulson Institute’s Think Tank, will share insights on China’s challenges and how business can profit from the battle China has launched on its environmental problems.
Barbara Finamore founded NRDC’s China program, focusing on climate, clean energy, environmental protection, and urban solutions in China. She also leads NRDC’s Green Ports project in China, which aims to reduce air pollution caused by shipping and port-related activity. Before joining NRDC, Finamore worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior. She has also served as president and chair of the Professional Association for China’s Environment. In addition, she is the cofounder and president of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance. In 2017, she was named a member of Foreign Policy’s The U.S.-China 50, a group who are powering the world’s most complex and consequential relationship. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School.
Damien Ma is Fellow and Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, where he co-founded MacroPolo, a leading digital platform on China’s political economy, investment, and geo-economics. He is the author of In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade and editor of The Economics of Air Pollution in China, by Ma Jun. Ma currently also serves as adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, Ma was a China and Mongolia Senior Analyst at Eurasia Group. He specialized in analyzing the intersection between Chinese policies and markets, with a particular focus on energy and commodities, industrial policy, elite politics, US-China relations, and social policies.
Gary Yang is a leading scientist and entrepreneur in the field of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Gary serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UniEnergy Technologies (UET), which he co-founded in March, 2012. He earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Connecticut and had further training as a postdoctoral fellow in materials and batteries at Carnegie Mellon University. He has his Bachelor and Master degrees from Jilin University. He is a Fellow of ASM International in recognition of his outstanding contribution to advanced materials and electrochemical energy conversion and storage.