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A Chat with Isuru Seneviratne on Bipartisan Climate Action, and Being an Engaged Citizen

Energy Vista

Release Date: 02/12/2019

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Leslie Palti-Guzman exchanges with Rachel Ziemba, founder of Ziemba Insights, a macroeconomic research firm. They chat about investments from oil-rich sovereign wealth funds and their impact on energy and geopolitics. As important is Rachel's insights on her career path and how she successfully built a "portfolio approach" of activities and clients. She is grateful for the support of women networks. 

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Leslie Palti-Guzman exchanges with Isuru Seneviratne, an energy expert and investor with a strong passion for pragmatic solutions to global warming. Isuru explains with great pedagogic skills what climate action means at the policy and investment levels (e.g Bipartisan Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, carbon tax, New green Deal, green investment, divestment). Isuru discusses also his climate engagement and civic leadership at a personal level which is very inspiring.

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