Climate Change, Business and Finance: What Is the Latest Science and How Worried Should We Be?

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Monday 2 March, 2020
4.00 - 6.00 pm

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Lendlease Office, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney




Join Professor Michael Mann, Cate Harris, Zoe Whitton, Dr Tanya Fiedler, Mark Nagle and Nick Wood for a review of the latest climate change science, as well as an in-depth discussion of how climate change is likely to impact capital markets in the near to medium term.

Professor Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and in this contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is a recipient of multiple international scientific awards and made Bloomberg News’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. Dr. Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and four books.


Dr Tanya Fiedler is a lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney. Tanya’s research examines the translational issues that arise when reconfiguring the measurement methods and data of science, into accounting information and values. In this regard, Tanya has a particular interest in accounting for and accountability towards the climate.

Cate Harris is the Group Head of Sustainability and Lendlease Foundation, responsible for the remit of both functions across Lendlease’s operations globally. For close to 20 years, Cate has been actively involved in the design, planning, delivery and management of sustainability strategies across both the public and private sectors – including more than 11 years collectively at Lendlease. In 2011 Cate was named as one of ABC Carbon’s 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders and was a winner of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine Young Executive of the Year 2009.

Dr Michael Mann is a Professor at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Mark Nagle is the Executive Director of Treysta Wealth Management. He is a thought leader in the advice world and is passionate about improving the quality of advice available to clients in Australia.

Zoe Whitton (Chair) leads the Asian arm of Citi’s ESG Research team, covering particularly climate change and sustainable development. The team is top-ranked and has won numerous awards both for research and ESG service, and Zoe was ranked one of the top SRI analysts globally in the 2019 IRRI Extel survey.

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