Brandeis International Business School

A conversation about climate change


Due to recent developments related to coronavirus/COVID-19, Brandeis International Business School is postponing the March 29 Business of Climate Change event featuring Thomas L. Friedman ’75, H’88. The event will be rescheduled to the spring of 2021.

Keynote: Thomas L. Friedman '75, H'88, best-selling author and New York Times columnist
Moderator: Amy Harder, Axios energy and climate change reporter

Brandeis Alumni Entrepreneurship Award: Michael Burtov '02, Founder and CEO, GeoOrbital

Classes will be held online as scheduled unless otherwise noted.

Classes on the challenges of climate change

All classes will be online. These classes are open to enrolled students only. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate others in these classes. The list below shows which classes will continue with the climate change topic and speakers. 

Tuesday, March 17
Analyzing data in the energy industry

Guest speaker: Kate Ravanis, Co-founder and COO of VIA
Guest speaker: Ashley DaSilva, Team Leader, Product Development at VIA
Time: 5:00-6:20 p.m.
Course: BUS 212a Analyzing Big Data II
Professor: Arnold Kamis

Monday, March 30
Electricity restructuring and public utility pricing

This event has been cancelled.

Course: ECON 241a Antitrust Economics: Regulating Competition
Professor: Agustin Ros


Behavioral interventions to induce the adoption of new technologies or reduce energy consumption

This event has been cancelled.

Course: ECON/FIN 209a Behavioral Finance and Economics
Professor: Alice Hsiaw


Using design thinking to develop sustainable products

Guest speaker: Inbar Zanir, founder Way.Cups
Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Course: BUS 233a Entrepreneurship and Rapid Prototyping
Professor: Aldo Musacchio


Plastics recycling and 3D printing

This event has been cancelled.

Course: BUS 232f Digital Fabrication with Robotics
Professor: Ian Roy


Governance case study: "Dieselgate: Volkswagon Group"

Time: 6:30-9:20 p.m.
Course: BUS 279f Corporate Fraud: Detection and Prevention
Professor: Erich Schumann


M&A in clean tech

Guest Speaker: Marc Marano, Managing Director, Sustainability, Canaccord Genuity
Time: 7:30-9:20 p.m.
Course: FIN 232a Mergers and Acquisitions
Professor: Tibor Toth

Tuesday, March 31
Market research on climate change and public opinion

Guest Speaker: Scott Clavenna, Chairman, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables; founder Green Tech Media
Time: 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Course: BUS 253a Marketing Research
Professor: Jane Ebert


Branding case study: "Clorox Company: Leveraging Green for Growth"

Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Course: BUS 254a Branding Strategy
Professor: Grace Zimmerman


Impacts of trade and foreign investment on the environment

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Course: ECON 261a Empirical Analysis of Trade Policy
Professor: Judy Dean


Decarbonizing the grid and electrifying the economy

Guest Speaker: Matthew Schuerger, Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner
Time: 6:30-9:20 p.m.
Course: FIN 234a Social Impact Investing
Professor: Pegaret Pichler


Climate change activism and ESG reporting

Guest Speakers: Carly Greenberg '11, MA '12, Hershey Co. and Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Time: 6:30-9:20 p.m.
Course: FIN 235a Investing in Energy
Professor: John Ballantine

Wednesday, April 1
Who will win the global race for solar cell technology?

Guest Speaker: Frank van Mierlo, Founder and CEO, 1366 Technologies
Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Course: ECON/FIN 243a Technological Rivalry
Professor: Peter Petri


Climate change and oceans

This event has been cancelled.

Guest Speaker: Vikki Spruill, CEO and President, New England Aquarium
Course: BUS 297c Leadership Internships in Social Impact Organizations
Professor: Gene Miller


How climate change affects credit risks across regions and industries

Written assignment in the class 
Course: FIN 242f Credit Risk Analysis I
Professor: Edward Dumas

Thursday, April 2
The clean tech investment landscape

This event has been cancelled.

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Benjamin, Managing Director, Conveyor Ventures
Guest Speaker: Dan Goldman, Co-founder and Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures; Board Chairman, New England Clean Energy Council
Guest Speaker: Pieter Wolters, Managing Director of Venturing and VP Innovation, DSM
Guest Speaker: Joe Rife, Executive in Residence, Greentown Labs
Course: FIN 202a Corporate Finance
Professor: Hamza Abdurezak


Climate change and human health

Guest Speaker: Caren Solomon, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Guest Speaker: Jim Recht, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance
Time: 12:30-3:20 p.m. (Speaker appearance TBD, conditions allowing)
Course: BUS 261a Managing Technology and Innovation (plus invited students)
Professor: Ben Gomes-Casseres 


World climate negotiation and simulation

This event has been cancelled. 

Guest Speaker: John D. Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, MIT
Negotiation exercise based on work from Climate Interactive

Friday, April 3
Strategy case study: "Elon Musk's Big Bets"

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown
Student presentations on clean tech innovation
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Course: BUS 260a Competition and Strategy
Professor: Ben Gomes-Casseres


Weather derivatives as a way to manage risk

Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Course: FIN 270a Options and Derivatives
Professor: Steve Xia


Helping to solve the world's water problems

Guest Speaker: Nadav Efraty, Co-Founder and CEO, Desalitech
Time: 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Course: BUS 248b Business in Global Markets: Israel
Professor: Debbie Berechman