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Barbara Buchner

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Barbara Buchner

Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Barbara Buchner

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, renewable energy, and sustainable land use investments around the world.


Barbara is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking. Barbara also directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab), a climate finance incubator that leverages public-private collaboration to develop innovative climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers to renewable energy, urban infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and land use projects in emerging markets. In addition, Barbara built and directs the San Giorgio Group, which brings together climate finance leaders to engage on critical issues that require collective effort to accelerate the transition to more sustainable, lower-emission economies.


Barbara is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the University of London SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, is on the Advisory Board of the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative, and a member of the Independent High-Level Expert Group on Climate Finance, the High-Level Consulting Group of the Energy Transition Accelerator (ETA), the Advisory Committee of the United States Export-Import Bank (EXIM), the Finance Sector Expert Group for the UNFCCC’s Race to Zero and Race to Resilience, and One Planet Lab.