For the first time in our lifetime, the entire global community is impacted by the same grave threat of COVID-19. The solidarity of this moment has led many to rise to the occasion in unprecedented fashion—governments have committed trillions to support industries and jobs affected by the global shutdown, and companies and philanthropists have directed billions toward finding therapeutics and supporting vulnerable frontline workers. This response must also be applied to the climate crisis. There is evidence that the growing threat of climate change will increase the frequency and severity of pandemics, and that the impact of these crises will disproportionately fall on poor and minority communities—further deepening economic inequality that is at the root of social unrest. In this session, we will explore the lessons learned from COVID-19 and how rebuilding efforts can and must consider a just transition to a green economy.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Medical Director, External Affairs, Government Relations and Community Health
Colin Cave, MD, is the Medical Director of External Affairs, Government Relations and Community Health for Northwest Permanente (NWP), the medical group for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. He previously served as chairman of the board for NWP. Cave completed his residency in head and neck surgery at Stanford and has served as president of the Oregon Medical Association, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, and the Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology. He has been a practicing surgeon since 1994, having won the Distinguished Physician Award and selected nine times as a Top Physician by Portland Monthly Magazine. Cave is responsible for NWP’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, including community engagement and B Corp activities. He also heads NWP’s regional and national leadership efforts in addressing climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation, and resilience strategies and enacting NWP’s Climate Action Plan.
Head of International Programs, Climate & Environment
Ailun Yang manages all international initiatives for the Climate & Environment portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies, with a focus on energy transition, air pollution, and sustainable finance. Leveraging a background rooted in finance and advocacy, she uses her unique skillset to mobilize environmental activism, deploy data-driven strategies, and build high-profile partnerships to help move the world to a low-carbon economy.
Director, Partnership Development
Chhavi oversees BSR’s relationships with governments and foundations in North America, where he seeks to create cross-sector partnerships between the private sector and donors to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining BSR, Chhavi worked for a socially responsible investment firm, where he combined financial and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) analysis to make sustainable investment recommendations. He also spent several years as an operations manager for Oracle’s Asia-Pacific and Americas regions, opening a new operation in India. He also developed a CSR strategy for a spirits company in Mexico, developed sustainability reports for companies in India and Saudi Arabia, and worked as a freelance CSR consultant for the Institute of Public Health. He speaks English, Spanish, and Hindi.
Chhavi holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and an M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in English and Computer Science from Rutgers University.
I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.