2022 Climate Business & Investment Conference

Business Leadership on the Path to Net Zero

Avoiding catastrophic climate change will require a rapid and sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. While more than 1,000 companies with combined revenue over $10 trillion have already pledged to reduce emissions to net zero, there is no clear path for effectively reaching this goal. The 2022 "Climate Business & Investment Conference" will hear from leading academics and practitioners on the latest net zero business strategies and the implications for climate change.

This conference — a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and Columbia Climate School — brings together climate academics and business leaders to understand how new advances in research and practice can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. The forum explores topics that address the value and opportunity of using a science-based approach to inform and guide business and investment decisions.


Friday, April 29, 2022
8 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

Participants will include leaders from the investment community, a range of business sectors, and academia.

Are you interested in joining in person? This event is invitation only, and in-person tickets are non-transferable. In-person space is limited. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please email Reilly O'Hara at [email protected].

Are you interested in attending online? Register here.

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

Time Event

8:00–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Networking

8:30–8:35 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:35–9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote on Net Zero: Opportunities and Challenges

9:15–9:35 a.m.

Business Leadership by Example

9:35–10:25 a.m.

Research on the Business Transition to Net Zero

  • Vanessa Burbano Vanessa Burbano
    Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business
    Columbia Business School

  • Melissa Lott Luisa Palacios
    Senior Research Scholar
    Center on Global Energy Policy

  • Shiva Rajgopal Shiva Rajgopal
    Roy Bernard Kester and T.W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing
    Columbia Business School

  • Shiva Rajgopal Geoffrey Heal
    Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise
    Columbia Business School

10:25–10:40 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:40–11:30 a.m.

Climate Solutions on the Horizon

  • Ryan Orbuch Gernot Wagner
    Visiting Associate Professor of Business
    Columbia Business School

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote on Scaling Climate Solutions

  • Bruce Usher moderated by
    Bruce Usher
    The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director, and Professor of Professional Practice
    Columbia Business School