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Panel Discussion: Mitigating Climate Risk

  • Busboys and Poets 1025 5th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Join Climate Advisers and DC Net Impact for a panel discussion about climate risk, how investors address these risks, and how firms present potential financial solutions which can mitigate climate risk. During the discussion, the panelists will discuss various case studies specific to palm oil and Southeast Asia. There will be breakout sessions with each of the panelists following the panel discussion. 


Sarah Conway, Lead Climate Finance Negotiator, U.S. Department of State

Sarah leads U.S. government climate finance negotiations. She serves as Lead Climate Finance Negotiator on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Led the ten person State and Treasury climate finance team at the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris. She supports U.S. Government involvement in the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the largest multilateral climate fund. She leads the development of the “award-winning” U.S. Government involvement in the design and implementation of the World Bank-hosted Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF). The PAF will pioneer an auction-based climate finance instrument that will mobilize investment in methane-reducing projects. She supports the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative (U.S.-ACEF), an early-stage project development grant-making facility in partnership with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Trade and Development Authority (USTDA). She led the establishment of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, a public-private partnership that aims to identify, stress-test and promote the next generation of climate finance instruments to catalyze private investment in low-emission, climate-resilient development.

Analysts: Chain Reaction Research

 Annemieke Beekmans, Executive Director, AidEnvironment

"Boots On-The-Ground Analysis: Palm Oil"

Annemieke Beekmans leads Chain Reaction Research on sustainability risk analysis of agricultural commodities and corporations that cause tropical deforestation. She has a background in social cultural science. From 1996 to 2008 she worked in Latin America and Africa, advising NGOs and the public and private sector on poverty reduction through sustainable investment and sourcing. In 2009, Annemieke joined Aidenvironment to work on sustainable value chain development, agro-commodities and corporate social responsibility related assignments. In April 2015, Annemieke Beekmans is appointed as Director and Executive Board member of Aidenvironment and RAIN.

Jan Willem van Gelder, Director, Profundo

"Financial Risk Analysis in Agriculture Commodities: Palm Oil"

Jan Willem leads Chain Reaction Research on financial risk analysis of agricultural commodities and corporations that cause tropical deforestation. Jan Willem was trained as a development economist and has been active in the field of corporate economic research for more than 25 years. His research and consultancy experience spans a broad range of economic sectors, countries, commodity chains and CSR themes.

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Senior Fellow, Climate Finance, Climate Advisers

“Integration: Speaking Climate Finance to Wall Street”

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA has 15 years-experience on Wall Street as a financial analyst in investment management and designing innovative risk management products. Since 2006, he has lead and managed numerous global climate finance initiatives, ranging from portfolio management to designing green financial indices to commodities risk analysis to carbon markets to natural capital risk and return tools application. He is an expert in C-Suite engagement having worked with many business leaders globally. He frequently writes, speaks globally, and teaches at various universities. He is one of the few trained natural resource scientists who works on Wall Street. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a MBA and MSc.

Portfolio Management Point of View

Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Capital Management and Member, Board of Directors, Green Century Capital Management

"Institutional Investor Point of View"

Leslie Samuelrich leads global shareholder advocacy on agricultural commodities and corporations that cause tropical deforestation. She is President of Green Century Capital Management, focusing on the firm’s current and emerging investment strategies, business development, and impact investing program. She is a frequent speaker on impact, gender-lens, and environmentally sustainable investing. Prior to joining Green Century, Ms. Samuelrich served as the Chief of Staff at Corporate Accountability International and Executive Director of Green Corps. Leslie earned a BA in economics from Boston College and currently serves on the Board of Directors for US SIF, the membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, as well as the Advisory Board of the Intentional Endowments Network.

Selling Financial Products that Decrease Climate Risk

Tacy Paul Roby, M.A., CFP®, Potomac Financial Private Client Group, LLC

“Client Engagement” – How to present the physical risks of climate change to private clients”

Tacy is a leading financial advisor specializing in supporting investors in making sustainable, ethical, and responsible investment decisions for their portfolios. Tacy joined Potomac Financial Private Client Group, LLC (PFPCG), in December 2015 after nineteen years in the financial services industry as a financial advisor with Prudential Securities (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and a regional vice president of Calvert Investments. Tacy provides comprehensive financial planning for professional women and couples preparing for their children’s education and retirement. Tacy counsels her clients on selecting 401(k) and other retirement plan investment options, as well as on choosing mutual funds, stocks and bonds including socially responsible investments (SRI) to help meet specific financial goals. Tacy received her B.A. in History with Distinction from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She spent an additional year studying international economics in New Delhi, India as a Rotary Peace Fellow.

Potomac Financial Private Client Group is an investment advisory and financial planning firm.  No financial solutions or advice will be offered at these events.  The financial consultants of Potomac Financial Private Client Group, LLC are Registered Representatives and Investment Advisor Representatives with/and offer securities and advisory services through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor.