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Barbara Buchner

Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative, Europe

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Dr. Barbara Buchner is Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). Named one of the 20 most influential women working to address climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land-use investments around the world. She is the lead author of CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking. Barbara also directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab), a climate-finance incubator that draws on public-private collaboration to develop innovative climate-finance instruments that resolve financing barriers to renewable energy, urban infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and land-use projects in emerging markets. Instruments from the Lab have already mobilized over $2.5 billion for sustainable development.

Barbara is on the Advisory Board of the Barilla Foundation, a member of the Advisory Committee of the United States Export-Import Bank (EXIM), a member of the Finance Sector Expert Group for the UNFCCC’s Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. She is also a Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the University of London SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, and a member of the One Planet Lab.

Earlier in her career, Barbara served as a Senior Energy and Environment Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and as a Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), where she was involved in a number of activities related to FEEM’s Climate Change Policy and Modeling Unit in the field of environmental economics. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Graz and was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).