Disclosing Climate-Related Financial Risk

October 31, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Disclosing Climate-Related Financial Risk

A conversation with:
Mary Schapiro 
Former Chair
US Securities and Exchange Commission

Ali Zaidi
Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, & Science, Office of Management and Budget
White House

Moderated by:
David Goldwyn
Chairman of Energy Advisory Group
 Atlantic Council

Introduced by:
Thomas Cunningham
Deputy Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council 

Please join us on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council Headquarters for a conversation about the G-20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures plans to recommend new voluntary disclosure of climate-related risk information to stakeholders and increase transparency across industries. The Obama Administration is also utilizing procurement regulations to encourage climate disclosure. How will disclosure impact companies' balance sheets in a variety of sectors? We are pleased to have Mary Schapiro, former chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and Ali Zaidi, Associate Director for National Resources, Energy, & Science, Office of Management and Budget at the White House, joining us to address this issue and the challenges and opportunities posed.  

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1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
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Mary Schapiro was chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2009 to 2012, capping a distinguished career in government and private-sector regulation. Ms. Schapiro advises companies on corporate governance and compliance standards that meet regulatory and investor expectations. She was the first woman to serve as SEC chairman, and the only person to have served as chairman of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. During four years as chairman, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rule-making agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors. Upon her departure, President Obama praised her leadership, saying the SEC became stronger and the financial system “safer and better able to serve the American people — thanks in large part to Mary’s hard work.” Before becoming SEC chairman, Ms. Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); a commissioner of the SEC; and general counsel and senior vice president of the Futures Industry Association. She began her career at the CFTC, serving first as a trial attorney and later as counsel and executive assistant to the chairman. Ms. Schapiro serves on the boards of Promontory Interfinancial Network, General Electric Co., and London Stock Exchange Group. She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality.

Ali Zaidi is the White House Office of Management and Budget’s associate director for natural resources, energy, and science. In this role, Zaidi leads a team of policy and budget experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues across a nearly $100 billion portfolio and a number of federal agencies including the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and the Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works; and the National Science Foundation. Zaidi brings to the position a strong background in the design and implementation of federal policies and the development of public and private sector partnerships to increase US energy security and cut harmful carbon pollution. In his previous role, as the Domestic Policy Council’s deputy director for energy policy, Zaidi handled a wide range of issues on the White House’s domestic policy team. Since February 2009, Zaidi has served in a number of roles within the Obama Administration: Before his position at the White House Domestic Policy Council, he served as senior director for cabinet affairs at the White House. Zaidi has also served as a policy aide to the US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and as special projects coordinator at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

David L. Goldwyn is the chairman of the Global Energy Center's Advisory Group, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, and president of Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC, an international energy advisory consultancy. He served as the US Department of State's special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009 to 2011, reporting directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Goldwyn served the US government as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs (1999-2001), counselor to the secretary of energy (1998-99); national security deputy to US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson (1997-98); chief of staff to the undersecretary of state for political affairs (1993-97); and an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department (1991-92). Goldwyn has also served as chairman of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2008-09) and as a senior associate in the Energy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2001-09). Goldwyn was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations 2007 Independent Task Force on National Security Consequences of US Oil Dependency and the Council of Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action task forces on Angola, Nigeria, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Russia. Goldwyn has taught graduate seminars at Columbia and Georgetown Universities. He holds a BA in government from Georgetown University, an MA in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a JD from New York University School of Law. 

Thomas Cunningham is deputy director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He joined the council following a thirteen-year career at the US Department of State, where he most recently served as energy diplomacy team lead for Europe at the Bureau of Energy Resources (August 2013 to May 2016). In that role he advised the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs and other senior US government officials on the intersection of energy and foreign policy in Europe and had lead department responsibility for organizing meetings of the US-EU Energy Council. He has also served at the State Department in the Bureaus of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, European and Eurasian Affairs, Economic and Business Affairs, and Diplomatic Security. Mr. Cunningham also worked on climate and energy legislation in the US Senate as a Brookings legislative fellow in 2009. He holds an MA in German and European studies from Georgetown University and a BA in English/creative writing and French from Colorado College. Mr. Cunningham is an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.