Professor Graciela Chichilnisky

Professor, Columbia University

Graciela Chichilnisky is a Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics, a University Senator at Columbia University, and Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management. She was a UNESCO Professor of Mathematics and Economics from 1995 to 2008, and is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University. She is the author of fifteen books and some 320 scientific articles in preeminent academic journals.

She proposed and designed the carbon credit emissions trading market underlying the Kyoto Protocol, and was a lead author on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Prize. She is CEO and co-founder of the recently launched Global Thermostat, a company that designs and creates renewable energy plants capable of capturing CO2 in conjunction with heavy industrial processes. In 2015, the Silicon Valley magazine Fast Company selected Global Thermostat as one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in energy.

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