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HBSAB Fireside Chat on ClimateAI
HBSAB Fireside Chat on ClimateAI

Tue, May 21


SEC LL2.221

HBSAB Fireside Chat on ClimateAI

Embark on a thrilling journey at the forefront of innovation capital opportunities as we present an exclusive fireside chat event that explores the dynamic intersection of Climate and Artificial Intelligence. Harvard Grid is giving away 5 free tickets to this paid event!

Time & Location

May 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SEC LL2.221 , Science and Engineering Complex, 150 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134, USA

About the event

Hear the speakers dissect the landscape of groundbreaking startups leveraging AI to tackle climate change and explore planet-scale impact deal-flow.

• Hear from serial entrepreneur Dr. Amit Narayan, a seasoned pioneer in ClimateTech, who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in that space, and Prof. George Serafeim, a visionary HBS professor.

• The speakers will discuss the immense potential of AI technologies in tackling urgent climate challenges.

• We’ll explore key AI business opportunities in climate and sustainability including the planet’s net zero goals and water goals, land use goals, and biodiversity.

• The speakers will also discuss new, hands-on investment models and the critical importance of redesigning measurement and incentive structures for maximum planetary and financial impact.

• The event offers tangible insights into how we could redraw investment blueprints for a sustainable and resilient future.

• The event can help us think about how to transform the way we approach climate challenges and investments.

Speaker Bio 

Amit is the Founder and CEO of Climate-AI Ventures, a venture studio dedicated to catalyzing and accelerating new companies to make planetary scale impact in combating climate change utilizing the latest advances in AI. Previously, Amit was the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid where he led the company from its inception in 2012 to successful acquisition by Schneider Electric in 2022. AutoGrid Flex has been ranked #1 for Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) by independent industry analysts for several years and has been adopted in over 20 countries managing more than 8-GW of VPPs. Prior to AutoGrid, Amit was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, and a serial entrepreneur who successfully built and sold several tech enterprises.

Amit and his work have been recognized with several awards, including Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer, and the EDN’s Innovation for the Year. Amit earned a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.

George Serafeim

George Serafeim is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he co-leads the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project and the Climate and Sustainability Impact AI Lab. He is currently teaching the course “Risks, Opportunities and Investments in an Era of Climate Change” that he designed for the elective curriculum of the MBA program and the course “Financial Reporting and Control” in the required MBA curriculum. Professor Serafeim’s research increasingly focuses on the intersection between the sustainability and the digital transformation. Over the years his research has span four main areas: business strategies in the context of climate change transition risk and opportunities, measuring and analyzing purpose inside organizations, ESG data analytics and strategies, and the role of leadership and governance in corporate scandals and misconduct.

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his doctoral dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for excellence in research. He received a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors’ Prize for best academic performance. He grew up in Athens, Greece.

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