Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

When Finance Goes Green: A Chinese Solution to Environmental Changes

Thursday, April 19, 2018

8:00pm – 9:30pm

McKinney Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Registration is required.  Please register here.

Climate and environmental changes are of the most challenging issues for all human beings in the 21st century. China is known as a major contributor to pollutions, a byproduct of its rapid economic growth; however, it also started taking a leadership position for environmental protection on the international stage,such as the Paris Accord. This year, we wish to explore the role of a specific approach—green finance— in the Chinese way of meeting the global environmental goals while ensuring its economic advancement.

The specialties of our three speakers for the panel cover both the regional and international, micro and macro level of the green finance market. We wish to build a conversation on the following questions: what is green finance? What progress has China made in regulating carbon emissions and contamination with financial tools? How do international organizations collaborate with the national government and the private sector to achieve the sustainable development? What are the barriers and opportunities in the future of the environmental conservation in China and the rest of the world?



Commentors on the panel will include:

Jun Ma (will participate virtually) is director of the Center for Finance and Development at Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research; Special Advisor to the Governor of the People’s Bank of China; Chairman of Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking; Co-chair of G20 Green Finance Study Group; Former chief economist with the research bureau of the People's Bank of China

Xueman Wang, is the team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) – a global program that designs cost-effective instruments to achieve climate change mitigation objectives; Senior Urban Specialist, Global Platform for Sustainable Cities(GPSC) Coordinator.

Deborah Seligsohn, Ph.D. candidate at the University of California San Diego– dissertation examines Corporate Concentration and Air Pollution Governance in China; will be taking up the position as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University in August; former Principal Advisor, to the World Resources Institute’s China Energy and Climate Program.

Cary Krosinsky, moderator, Brown and Yale University Lecturer, focuses on green finance investments

Brown-China Summit

This panel is the third of a four-part series in the Brown China Symposium. The final panel will be held on:

April 26 - Art and Design: Practice and Vision of the Chinese Culture

The Brown China Symposium (BCS) is organized by a group of Brown students who want to bring conversations on modern China to the Brown community through accessible lectures, forums, and discussions. The mission of BCS is to build a bridge between China and Brown through education and conversation.