Climate change & environment pitching competition
Anurag MalooHead of Partnerships (Asia-Pacifics), Seedstars
Aparna Shrivastava Deputy Chief Climate Officer at U.S International Development Finance Corporation, DFCAparna ShrivastavaDeputy Chief Climate Officer at U.S International Development Finance Corporation, DFC
parna Shrivastava is a climate adaptation and international development specialist with a decade of experience including sustainable development and humanitarian work across East Africa, Central America, and South & Southeast Asia. This experience has given her a foundational understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by communities on the frontlines of climate change. Most recently, Ms. Shrivastava worked at the intersection of climate change and finance to ensure a just transition to a low-carbon economy.
Prior to joining DFC, Ms. Shrivastava worked as the Climate Finance Lead at Mercy Corps, where she oversaw a wide range of efforts including adaptation finance research and development, private sector engagement, and high-level representation at COP24 and COP25. Along with serving on a technical expert group of UN Climate Change, she was the strategic director of a renewable energy investment group, Fettl, serving emerging markets.
A daughter of first-generation Indian immigrants, Ms. Shrivastava committed herself to understanding and deconstructing systemic injustice with a long-term vision to bridge gaps between resource-holders and the realities of those most vulnerable. Ms. Shrivastava began her career working on a wide range of sustainable development projects internationally. Alongside designing public health campaigns and gender empowerment advocacy work, her experience has ranged from the technical design of water and sanitation systems in post-conflict northern Uganda to livelihoods programs that made village women’s groups in rural India economically self-sufficient. In Kenya, Ms. Shrivastava established the regional office of a water and sanitation international NGO, which included building a lean team to oversee programming across Sub-Saharan Africa. She also advised small and medium enterprise owners in East Africa on their business models and investor strategies. Building on these experiences, she co-founded an online platform, LensShift, that facilitates critical reflection on power, privilege, and systemic injustice in the impact sector.
Ms. Shrivastava is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and has been a guest lecturer at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University. Ms. Shrivastava holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Oxford University.
Dr. Rose MwebazaDirector at UN Climate Technology Centre, CTCN
Dr. Rose Mwebaza (PhD) is the Director of the CTCN which is the implementation arm of the UN Climate Change Technology Mechanism. She has over 20 years’ experience providing policy advice on a wide range of climate change, environment, and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank and held leadership positions within the UN Development Programme. Dr. Mwebaza was a Lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, for 10 years, serving as the Head of Department for Commercial Law and Deputy Dean of the Law School. Ms. Mwebaza holds a PhD in Environment and Natural Resource Governance from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Law (With a Certificate of Academic Excellence) from the University of Florida, U.S.A and a Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B, Hons.) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Ting-Ting LiuProsus, Investor
Ting-Ting is an investor at Prosus Ventures, a large global investment group that operates in many high-growth markets throughout the world. At Prosus, Ting-Ting leads investments in climate tech and synthetic biology, and also helps cover US/LATAM more broadly. Prior to Prosus, Ting-Ting was a management consultant at McKinsey’s Silicon Valley office, where she split time between technology and sustainability work, having worked on projects in solar, EV infrastructure, and utility transformations in the latter category. During her time at McKinsey, Ting-Ting also rotated onto McKinsey’s startup practice (Fuel), where she spent time working exclusively with startups on how to scale and develop their GTM strategy. Ting-Ting holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Harvard University. She has a love for all things related to the natural world and is an avid backpacker and camper in her spare time, having most recently completed 600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Timezone: America/New_York
- Date: Dec 15 2021
- Time: 7:55 am - 9:45 am