Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively in the Kyoto Protocol process, creating and designing the carbon market that has become international law in 2005. Working closely for several years with negotiators of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the organization in charge of deciding world policy with respect to global warming, Dr. Chichilnisky acted as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Prize for their work in this area. In 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol was signed by 163 nations, Dr. Chichilnisky authored the Protocol language that led to the creation of the carbon market (EU ETS).
Dr. Chichilnisky was founder and CEO of two successful technology companies in the financial telecommunications area (FITEL and Cross Border Exchange), based on the IP she created and patented, which she sold in Japan and in the U.S. In addition to her extensive management experience, she is an active scientist and world renowned academic, and acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. The author of 15 books and more than 300 scientific articles published in the preeminent academic journals covering economics, finance and mathematics, Dr. Chichilnisky has been called an “A-list star” by the Washington Post, and speaks extensively on CNN and BBC on globalization, global economics, and the environment. Chichilnisky is a professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics and the Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (CCRM) at Columbia University in New York, and the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University, Australia. She studied at MIT and UC Berkeley and holds two Ph.D. degrees in pure Mathematics and in Economics respectively, and has taught at Harvard and Stanford universities.