Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Environmental Change, Societal Challenges and the Power of Financial Investments

Oct 18, 2019
2:30pm - 4:15pm
IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium)

As Amazonia burns, species go extinct and sea level rises, profound challenges must be met to preserve the environmental integrity needed to sustain life on earth. Jeremy Grantham (acclaimed investor and climate change philanthropist) will provide a keynote presentation “Race of Our Lives” to set the context for the challenges we face. Ricardo Bayon (Partner, Encourage Capital) will moderate a panel discussion with leading figures in environmental and impact investing to explore the power of financial investments to help meet environmental challenges and positively impact the environment.


Jeremy Grantham is a co-founder of GMO, LLC, an investment management firm in Boston that currently manages approximately $71 billion, predominately for large institutions. He is the firm’s chief investment strategist, chairman of the board, an active member of its asset allocation division and the author of a quarterly letter to clients.  In addition to providing an investment outlook, the letter has covered issues of financial ethics, deficiencies in capitalism, resource limitations and problems posed by changing climate.
In 1998 Jeremy and his wife Hannelore established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment which seeks to protect and improve the health of the global environment.  The foundation’s grants focus on climate change and biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on international initiatives.  Key funding programs include the establishment of research institutes at LSE and Imperial College both in London and the center at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Jeremy is a trustee of The Nature Conservancy.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and holds honorary degrees from the New School, University of Sheffield (New York) and Imperial College London. 
Mr. Grantham was invested as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in 2015 for his climate change related philanthropy. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.
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