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Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University

Call for Papers

Climate Finance Conference

Friday, June 9, 2023
Santa Clara, CA

This workshop will explore approaches to aligning financial instruments, practices, and market infrastructure to mobilize investment to limit global warming. We welcome academics, policymakers, and financial market professionals; and the ideas developed in the workshop will be shared with key financial regulators and central bankers in policy discussions.

Keynote Speakers

Bob Litterman

Founding Partner, Kepos Capital & Presiding Member
FSOC Climate-Related Financial Risk Committee

Patrick O. Brown

Impossible Foods Inc.

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The focus will be on financial market solutions and the interplay with the policy and regulatory frameworks affecting them. The following questions are of particular interest, but all innovative papers and proposals will be seriously considered:

  • Are there barriers to funding climate-solution innovation and related gaps in financial regulation?
  • What kinds of private-public partnerships can facilitate private investors' participation in climate solutions?
  • How broad is the potential of advance market commitments?
  • Can tokenization and fintech help channel investments into climate solutions?
  • How can private markets help finance nature-based solutions, sustainable agriculture, and community investment?
  • What are the gaps in metrics of climate-related risks and opportunities?

Please submit papers, abstracts, policy notes, or implementation blueprints by March 30, 2023 through this link.  Please do not send slide decks. Proposals will not be circulated outside of the organizing committee until accepted and approved for presentation at the workshop. Presenters will be notified by April 20. A travel stipend will be available for one presenter for each accepted proposal.


Organizing Committee

  • Galina Hale, UC Santa Cruz, CAFIN
  • Helen Popper, Santa Clara University, CAFIN, ABFER
  • Jagdeep Bachher, UC Investments  
  • Matt Spence, Barclays
  • Pierre Monnin, Council on Economic Policies
  • Nirvikar Singh, UC Santa Cruz, CAFIN