Bio

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. She is the lead author on CPI's 'Global Landscape of Climate Finance' analyses, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and 'Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion Goal' - a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement.

She also directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab), a public-private initiative that identifies cutting-edge climate finance instruments with the potential to drive investment at scale. Under her leadership, the Lab has raised over 600 million USD for its initiatives and was endorsed by the G7 in its first year of operation. In addition, Dr. Buchner built and directed the San Giorgio Group, which brings together key financial institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, China Light & Power, and the OECD.

Specializing in climate finance, energy finance, energy, climate policy, multilateral finance, international negotiations and innovative finance, Barbara advises high-level leaders on climate, energy, and sustainable investments around the world. She regularly speaks at high-profile events and is regularly consulted by media including Reuters, Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, E&E TV, among others. In 2014, she was named one of the 20 most influential women in the climate change debate by the International Council for Science.

She holds a PhD and a master's degree in Economics from the University of Graz, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has co-authored over 20 books including “Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime” and “Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation.”

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