Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.
Barbara is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, a paper that has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking. She directs CPI’s work as Secretariat of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab). The Lab identifies, develops, and launches innovative climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers for clean energy, sustainable land use, adaptation, and other green growth projects. Instruments from the Lab have mobilized over one billion US dollars for sustainable development in in just four years.
Barbara built and directed the San Giorgio Group, which brings together key financial institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, CLP (China Light & Power), and the OECD. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Barbara is based out of San Francisco.