Join Leaders in Energy on Thursday, January 19th, 6-8:30 pm for our Green Financing session. We will examine current and anticipated sources for financing energy and sustainability projects under the Trump Administration, state, local, and international initiatives to see how they can be accessed by clean technology companies and entrepreneurs in the DC Metro region.
We will be partnering on the event with DC Net Impact. Our venue is at WeWork in Washington DC.
Our speakers include:
Ms. Swann is the CEO & Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors, LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm with experience working in both finance and climate policy, and understands how to translate climate finance policy into practical action that delivers results. Ms. Swann serves on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Green Bank and will provide an update on operations and plans for the Montgomery County Green Bank moving forward. She will also discuss opportunities under the Green Climate Fund under the Paris Climate Treaty.
Her experience includes serving in senior positions at the US Department of the Treasury, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Enron International. She is a trained Climate Reality Leader for The Climate Reality Project. She has a Master of Business Administration, MBA – International Finance and Development Economics from the American University – Kogod School of Business, a Masters Degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelors Degree from City University of New York – Hunter College.
Ms. Tobias will speak about how green finance can be incorporated into the Trump administration’s policy agenda. She is the Founder and Managing Principal of Malachite LLC, a respected green real estate and energy efficiency advisor, and created the business investment case that drove the $260 billion green building market.
Ms. Tobias has over 25 years of leading-edge finance and policy expertise spanning commercial real estate and infrastructure as a senior executive with national commercial real estate funds valued at over $3 billion, and as a member of advisory boards and councils for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Building Science, the Microgrid Institute and the High Performance Building Coalition. She holds an MBA from Wharton Business School and a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University.
Mr. Asad is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of BGB Investment Partners which is a boutique investment development and fund management firm in the Washington D.C. & Baltimore Metro Areas which focuses on forward-looking industries and markets with potential for disruptive change and value creation. He will talk about his work to develop an online platform that intelligently matches mid-market clean energy and sustainability projects of budgets of $10m-$200m or more … solar, hydro, wind, biomass, waste-to-value and storage … with billions of dollars of investable capital.
Mr. Asad has 20 years of governance, regulatory, finance, and management experience leading teams in large organizations, as well as new ventures. He has worked extensively on all aspects of sourcing, structuring, due diligence, and supervision for multi-million dollar environmental and other infrastructure projects, renewable energy and energy efficiency funds, P3s, microfinance, and early-stage ventures. He has completed a Harvard Executive Development Program and holds a JD and MBA from the University of Maryland Carey Law School and Smith Business School. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
See these additional helpful resources on these related green financing topics pertaining to a potential national infrastructure and/or green bank for clean energy and efficiency projects as well as the Green Climate Fund.
- A national infrastructure bank (this article talks about the establishment of a separate capital budget for the federal government, with its own financing arrangements to help states and municipalities finance local infrastructure)
- US Green Bank Act of 2016 (A green bank is a public finance entity that leverages a limited amount of public funding to finance private investment in clean energy and energy efficiency projects.)
- The United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) has now approved more than US$1 billion for projects to help developing countries to tackle the effects of climate change.