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Event Date Mon Mar 15 EDT - Thu Mar 18 EDT (7 months ago)
Location Virtual Event
Region Americas

The Economist’s Climate Risk Summit: North America will share insights on how business leaders can manage and mitigate the impact of physical and transition risks posed by climate change.

Companies already grappling with these issues now face an immediate hit to revenue and profits from the coronavirus. As they respond, they face new hurdles to overhauling strategic risk management, but also have an opportunity to “build back better”.

Over two days The Economist will ask how governments and industry are responding to the impact of physical and transition risk. How should they model their exposure? How do regulators understand the risks and exercise their authority to strengthen disclosures? The programme will explore federal, state and municipality-level management of climate risks and ask where the unmet needs are greatest.

Our climate-risk content
The Economist has called for a clear-headed approach to tackling the complex issues around climate change. We have explored the urgency of managing climate risk in our events, newspaper and fortnightly newsletters.

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New for 2021
Climate change poses transition, legal and financial risks for all industries. The Economist’s Climate Risk Summit: North America will feature essential insights from business leaders on how to better measure, manage, mitigate and report climate-related risks.

The programme will also explore how the coronavirus pandemic complicates the transition to a low carbon economy. Participants will learn about exposure to multiple risks, and how to assess evolving regulatory and disclosure frameworks. We will explore the role of climate data in risk analysis and strategic transformation.

At the summit, we will host more than 200 attendees across two days. Climate Risk Summit: North America will bring together policymakers and business leaders to discuss the current state of climate risk and to speed up action to mitigate it.

Why Attend?
• Learn about climate-risk management and mitigation strategies from government officials, central banks, business executives, data providers and civil society
• Discover how governments and organisations are preparing to seize the opportunities of the net-zero emissions future, while learning from the new normal of covid-19
• Understand why climate change is a source of financial instability
• Assess the response to regulatory and disclosure frameworks across industries, and discuss the standardisation of disclosure practices
• Hear about the growing availability of decision-relevant climate data and the most efficient analytic tools. Identify innovations to alter and standardise the data sets
• Explore public and private-sector partnerships to combat the risk through united efforts and advancements
• Network with business leaders, policymakers, investors, lenders, and representatives from civil society and academia, addressing the key issues around climate risk through a series of panel conversations, interactive roundtables, interviews and networking discussions


2021 Speakers

Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of environment and climate change, Canada

Caroline A. Crenshaw
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Kevin Stiroh
Executive vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Lakshmi Shyam-Sunder
Vice president and chief risk officer, World Bank Group

Nina Chen
Director sustainability and climate initiatives, New York's Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)

Bob Litterman
Founding partner and risk committee chairman, Kepos Capital and Chair, CFTC Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee

Martha Guzman Aceves
Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Mike Kreidler
Commissioner, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC)

Ekhosuehi Iyahen
Secretary general, Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

Mark Smith
Group chief risk officer, Standard Chartered

Maryam Golnaraghi
Director - climate change and emerging environmental topics, Geneva Association

Jeremy Rudin
Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), Canada

Stephan Tanda
Chief executive, AptarGroup

Sara Menker
Founder and chief executive, Gro Intelligence

Paul Morassutti
Vice chairman, CBRE

Adele Morris
Joseph A. Pechman senior fellow - Economic studies policy director - climate and energy economics project, Brookings Institution

Chris Snyder
Lead - North America, Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)

John T. Colas
Partner and vice chairman, financial services Americas, Oliver Wyman

Peter Kalmus
Data scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Georg Kell
Chairman, Arabesque

Michael Wilson
Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii

Grant Ervin
Chief resilience officer, City of Pittsburgh

Hans Kobler
Chief executive and managing partner, Energy Impact Partners

Bertrand Millot
Vice-president, risk management, fixed income and head of climate risk and issues, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Michael Nyenhuis
President and chief executive, UNICEF USA

Mark Kenber
Managing director - Orbitas, Climate Advisers

Michael Kuperberg
Climate scientist and former executive director, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Will Nichols
Head of climate and environment research, Verisk Maplecroft

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors and Partners

• McKinsey & Company

• Aviva