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Schedule of Events


Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM

Join us in Klarman Hall Atrium to check in for the day, grab coffee and a bite, and chat with your fellow attendees

Welcome Remarks

8:50 AM

Conference Co-Chairs Angela Son, Laura Romine, and Nina Dewees

Located in Klarman Hall 

Keynote Address: Food as a Climate Solution

9:00 AM

Irina Gerry, Chief Marketing Officer, Change Foods 

Located in Klarman Hall

Keynote Address: The Role of Policy in the Climate Crisis

9:25 AM

Moderated by Dan Schrag, Professor, Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Karen Skelton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, Department of Energy

Located in Klarman Hall

Panel Discussion 

10:00 AM

Moderated by Sonal Chaudhry, MBA Candidate, HBS 

Amrit Jalan, Principal, ENI 

Edward Young, Director, National Grid

Matt Simpson, Head of Strategy & Transformation - Family Vehicles, Ford Motor Company 

The Energy Transition panel will explore how different sectors - Oil & Gas, Utilities and Mobility, are leading their Net Zero efforts. The goal is to understand perspectives on opportunities and limitations of various decarbonization strategies adopted by traditional industries which have primarily relied on fossil fuel consumption.


Located in Spangler Auditorium

Morning Coffee and Extended Networking

10:45 AM

Sip a coffee and chat with your fellow climate enthusiasts outside Aldrich 112

Panel Discussion 

11:00 AM

Moderated by Ashwin Bhanot, MBA Candidate, HBS

Christina Chang, Partner, Lowercarbon Capital
Dan Goldman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Clean Energy Ventures

Bill Lese, Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures

Michael Campos, Partner, Energy Impact Partners

Panel will focus on the role of angel, seed and early stage venture capital to help climate startups hit the ground running. It will especially focus on how VCs differentiate themselves strategically through criteria such as fund horizons, carbon reduction hurdles and thematic focuses.

Located in Spangler Auditorium


12:00 PM

Enjoy lunch and company chats in the Williams Room and Food Court in Spangler Center

Panel Discussion 

1:00 PM

Moderated by Boris Vallée, Professor, HBS

Daisy Chen, Principal, Bain Capital

Marco F. Gatti, Managing Director, ArcLight Capital

Kojo Ampaw, Vice President, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
Nike Opadiran, Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure Projects, Skadden


Panel will focus on private capital’s role in advancing the sustainable transition, providing perspectives from fund managers in asset management and private equity. The discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges climate finance faces in the next decade, how investors prioritize various climate solutions (wind, solar, storage, carbon capture, etc.), and the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on investment strategy.

Located in Spangler Auditorium

Start-up Pitch Competition

2:00 PM

Hear emerging start-ups pitch to a panel of judges

Dan Goldman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Clean Energy Ventures

Cliff Ryan, Partner & Co-Head, Galvanize Innovation & Expansion Fund

Lakshana Huddar, Investor, The Engine
Christophe Chantre, Co-Founder & CEO, Tender Food

Located in Klarman Hall

Keynote Interview: Tackling Climate Together

3:00 PM

Moderated by Jim Matheson, Special Advisor, BEV, Senior Lecturer, HBS

Tom Steyer, Co-Executive Chair, Galvanize Climate Solutions

Located in Klarman Hall

Start-up Pitch Competition Winners Announced

3:40 PM

Hear the start-up pitch winners announced

Located in Klarman Hall

Closing Remarks

3:50 PM

Conference Co-Chairs Angela Son, Laura Romine, and Nina Dewees

Located in Klarman Hall

Closing Reception and Company Showcase

4:00 PM

Please join us for a closing reception, happy hour, and final networking opportunity in the Williams Room in Spangler Center

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