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The Business of Climate Change 2021

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How will business respond to climate change?

Join us as we explore the risks and opportunities posed by climate change. How we organize our economy, finance investments and manage innovation will change dramatically in the coming decades. Our goal is to help young leaders understand the business of climate change and empower them to explore innovative solutions. This annual program is sponsored by the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Brandeis International Business School.


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Trends in Asset Management: Environmental Investing

April 14, 2021
A discussion focused on environmental investing and the broader topic of sustainability with perspectives from three investment pioneers across the public and private markets. Panelists include Robert Brown ’88, MA’89, Founder and Senior Partner at Atlas Impact Partners; Tim Dunn, Founder and CIO of Terra Alpha Investments; Dimple Sahni, Managing Director, Impact Funds Portfolio at Anthos Fund & Asset Management; and Dr. Aniket ShahSenior Fellow at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Finance.

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Changing the Face of Climate Innovation

April 15, 2021
Innovative startups in our region are addressing a wide variety of climate challenges, from renewable energy generation and distribution, to food and waste, new materials and transportation. This opening event will celebrate a few of these entrepreneurs and present new data on the broad ecosystem of startups. Speakers include Michael Burtov ’02, Founder and CEO, GeoOrbital; Barbara Clarke, MA’91, Founder, The Impact Seat; Kathryn Graddy, Dean and the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics at Brandeis International Business School; Ben Gomes-Casseres ’76, Peter A. Petri Professor of Business and Society; Alistair Pim, NECEC VP for Innovation & Partnerships; Paris Smalls, Co-Founder and CEO, Eden GeoTech; and Steph Speirs, Co-Founder and CEO, Solstice.

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Global Climate Finance: Challenges Five Years into the Paris Agreement

April 16, 2021
Leading international experts assess strategies for financing the global fight against climate change. Featuring Elida Reci, MA’99, Economist, United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs; Amar Bhattacharya ’74, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and Economist, United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs; Navid Hanif, Director, Financing for Sustainable Development at United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs; and Catherine L. Mann, Global Chief Economist, Citi.

2021 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship, Deval L. Patrick, Former Governor of MA, Brandeis International Business School - The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Sponsored by the Office of the President
The Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship

April 22, 2021
Award recipient Deval L. Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, will discuss the future of capitalism and the need to reevaluate our economic priorities for the 21st century. This event is sponsored by the Office of the President.

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Climate Change in the Classroom

Faculty at Brandeis International Business School will explore the impact of climate change on business, finance and economics using case studies, specialized readings and guest speakers. Many classes are open to the public through registration.

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Learn about the entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and professors making a difference as the world grapples with climate change.

Event Recaps

Climate Spotlight

Climate Innovation in the Northeast, 2000-2020

Climate Innovation in the Northeast, 2000-2020

This report presents new data on the companies and people that are leading climate innovation in our region.

Galen Karlan-Mason

The perfect incubator

With a boost from Brandeis, sustainability app founder Galen Karlen-Mason ’16, MA’17 is converting his passion into reality.

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A financial 'lifeline' for clean energy startups

Prof. Tibor Toth is the architect of an innovative investment program for Massachusetts companies impacted by COVID-19.

Prof. Ben Gomes-Casseres hosted a panel with ESG investors Rob Brown ’88, MA ’89 and Carly Greenberg ’11, MA ’12.

Holding companies accountable with ESG investing

Rob Brown ’88, MA’89 and Carly Greenberg ’11, MA’12 share their expertise through the Business of Climate Change initiative.

Carol Lue, MBA'03, on a farm in Jamaica

She helps Jamaica's resorts go green

‘Every challenge is an opportunity,’ says Carol Lue, MBA’03, who honed her entrepreneurial instincts at Brandeis.

About the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Brandeis International Business School serves as a platform to examine and understand the key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders.


The center was established by Leonard J. Asper '86, B.A., L.L.B., L.L.D, president, CEO and majority shareholder of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., a media company that owns and operates content platforms targeting distinct communities in areas including music, combat sports, sports gaming, e-sports and hunting and fishing.

Mr. Asper led efforts in 2004 to create the Asper Forum and the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship, presented to an entrepreneur who achieves outstanding success in the global marketplace through creative marketing and business strategies.

Our Partners

New England - Israel Business Council
NECEC: Your Partner in the Clean Energy Economy
Clean Tech Open
Sustainability Brandeis


For more information, please contact Ben Gomes-Casseres, Director, Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship.