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Graciela Chichilnisky

Professor of Economics and Statistics, Columbia University; Visiting Professor, SIEPR

Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005 and wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997.
The Washington Post calls her an “A-List Star” and Time Magazine calls her a “Hero of the Environment”. U.S. Congressman, Jay Inslee wrote that her work is “revolutionary for the international community”. A world-renowned economist, she is the creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development and acted as Lead US Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Prize in 2007. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to create Green Capitalism. She acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state.
Dr. Chichilnisky is CEO and Co-Founder of Global Thermostat, ( a company that has created a “Carbon-Negative Technology”™ that captures CO2 from air and transforms it into profitable assets such as biofuels, food, beverages and enhanced oil recovery.
Earlier, she founded and led two successful companies: FITEL, a financial telecommunications company that was sold in Japan; and Cross-Border Exchange, a global technology communications company sold to JP Morgan.
Additionally, Dr. Chichilnisky is a Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics and a University Senator at Columbia University, and Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (, where she has developed a landmark methodology, with support from the U.S. Air Force, for a new foundation of probability and statistics in an approach to catastrophic risks that allows more realistic treatment of rare but important events. She is the author of fifteen books and some 320 scientific articles in preeminent academic journals. Her two most recent books are “The Economics of Climate Change” and “Saving Kyoto.”
Dr. Chichilnisky holds two Ph.D. degrees, in Mathematics and Economics from MIT and UC Berkeley. She is a frequent political and economic speaker on CNN, ABC, BBC TV News, and Bloomberg News, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at leading international conferences and universities. She taught previously at Harvard, Essex and Stanford Universities, appeared in Time Magazine on “Heroes of the Environment,” and was elected one of the Ten Most Influential Latinos in the U.S.
Dr. Chichilnisky is currently a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Silicon Valley magazine Fast Company just selected her company, Global Thermostat, as the “World’s Top Ten Most Innovative Company” in Energy. Dr. Chichilnisky was selected as the 2015 “CEO of the Year” awarded by IAIR at Yale University Club in NYC on April 16.