2016 Conference

The objective of the meeting was to build on last year’s focus on actual projects under the rubric of "investable, scalable, and repeatable" and to further expose mainstream investors to the field of conservation finance.


This event is a follow-on to a smaller workshop held at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in January 2014 and a first global investor conference held at Credit Suisse’s office in New York in January 2015, where we sharpened the focus on actual projects and mainstream investment propositions.


Please find below the conference agenda. For any logistics Information, please click here.

Agenda for January 21, 2016

8.15-9.15 am

Registration and Breakfast

9.15-9.30 am


Paul Tregidgo (Credit Suisse)

9.30-10.45 am

Diligencing Investees in the Sustainable Real Assets Space

Panelists: Tom Mitchell (Cambridge Associates) / Matthew Weatherley-White (The Caprock Group)

Moderator: David Chen (Equilibrium Capital)

10.45-11.10 am


11.10-12.10 am

Green Bonds and the Ecosystem                                                                                      

Panelists: Timothy Coffin (Breckinridge Capital Advisors) / Andrea Dore (The World Bank) / Drew Smith (Massachusetts State Treasury) 

Moderator: Jim Levitt (Harvard University)

12.10am-1.30 pm

LUNCH BREAK                                                                                                                     

1.30-2.00 pm

Innovative Start-Ups in Conservation Finance

Panelists: Nicole Chavas (Fresh Coast Capital) / Zach Knight (Blue Forest Conservation)

Moderator: David Bank (ImpactAlpha)

2.00-3.00 pm

Leveraging Federal Government Resources and Private Capital to Finance Water Conservation

Panelists: Mike Connor (U.S. Department of the Interior) / Matthew Diserio (Water Asset Management) / Matt McKenna (U.S. Department of Agriculture) / Jim Gebhardt (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) / Tim Romer (Goldman Sachs) / Laurie Wayburn (Pacific Forest Trust)

Moderator: Todd Gartner (World Resources Institute)

3.00-3.15 pm


3.15-4.00 pm

Marine-Based Conservation Finance

Panelists: Simon Dent (Althelia Ecosphere) / Jason Scott (Encourage Capital) / Christian Severin (Global Environment Facility)

Moderator: Neel Inamdar (Wilderness Markets)

4.15-4.45 pm

Key Note  

Hal Harvey (Energy Innovation)

4.45-5.00 pm

Closing Remarks

Wilson Ervin (Credit Suisse)

5.00 pm