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CANCELLED: Gillian Caldwell — Diplomacy and Development

BIW Course

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.



This conversation will be recorded and released at a later date. 

The Watson Institute and the Brown in Washington Program invite students to attend a virtual session of the Diplomacy and Development course with Brian Atwood and guest Chief Climate Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator Gillian Caldwell. This course explores diplomacy and development cooperation using simulations, including a mock negotiation, a congressional hearing, and other pedagogical approaches.

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Gillian serves as the Chief Climate Officer and is responsible for directing and overseeing all climate and environment work across the agency. She also serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator, overseeing DDI’s Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure and the Office of Environmental and Social Risk Management.

Ms. Caldwell has worked to protect human rights and the environment throughout her career. Prior to joining USAID, she served as the CEO of Global Witness, which has a focus on tackling climate change and deploys investigations into corruption and natural resource extraction to drive systems change worldwide. From 2007-2010, she launched and led 1Sky, a highly collaborative cross-sector campaign with over 600 allied organizations to pass legislation in the U.S. to address the climate crisis. Gillian also has extensive experience consulting in the areas of strategic planning and organizational development with over 70 non-profits, foundations, and universities.

Ms. Caldwell has a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University, where she was recognized as a Public Interest Law Scholar. She has received a series of awards recognizing her work as a leading global Social Entrepreneur.