Nili Gilbert

Investment decarbonization expert
Nili Gilbert focuses on socially aware portfolio decarbonization and bringing science into finance.

Why you should listen

Nili Gilbert, CFA, CAIA, is the vice chairwoman of Carbon Direct, a leader in scaling carbon management into a global industry through climate investment, technology and client advisory. She is also chair of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero's (GFANZ) Advisory Panel of technical experts, as well as a member of its CEO Principals Group. In addition to serving as a chairwoman of both the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute Investment Committees, she is an independent board director of Brookfield Asset Management. She is also a senior advisor at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Council and a member of the Harvard Institute for Climate and Sustainability Advisory Board.

Gilbert was previously cofounder and portfolio manager of Matarin Capital, which became one of the larger women-owned asset managers in the US. She also served as a member of the State of California’s Climate-Related Financial Risk Advisory Group, the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, and the TED Vision Council. She has been honored among Barron's "100 Most Influential Women in US Finance," as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, as a LinkedIn "Top Voice" in Finance, as Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Securities Professionals and as “One to Watch” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. She is a permanent member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

Gilbert received her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow, and she has completed programs in leadership and sustainability at Oxford and Stanford Universities.

Nili Gilbert’s TED talks

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Live from TED Countdown Summit 2023

Dilemmas: Notes from Session 3 of TED Countdown Summit 2023

July 12, 2023

Session 3 of TED Countdown Summit 2023 tackled some of the knottier issues related to climate change — from the massive amount of money needed to finance the global green transition, to the struggle for energy access in developing nations and the ecosystem effects of fast fashion — and offered glimpses of the world-changing solutions […]

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Rethinking: Notes from Session 5 of Countdown Summit

October 15, 2021

Follow Countdown on Twitter and Instagram • Subscribe to the Countdown newsletter To take on the climate crisis, we’re in for some big rethinking — in how we live, work, eat and move forward with solutions that make livelihoods more equitable for everyone, no matter their location or background. The speakers of Countdown Summit Session […]

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