Upcoming Events

The Risk Center seeks the active input and involvement of experts and stakeholders across sectors and disciplines through a variety of avenues, including round-table discussions, seminars, conferences, and other events. This page lists events hosted by the Center, or hosted by our partners with Center participation.

Questions about upcoming events?  Please contact Carol Heller, Event Manager at hellerc@wharton.upenn.edu.


Energy Economics and Finance Seminar (ongoing)

Monday, March 1, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Speaker: Simon Dietz, Grantham Research Institute

The seminar series in Energy Economics & Finance (EEF) is jointly organized between the Business Economics and Public Policy Department, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and the Wharton Risk Center’s Business, Climate and Environment Lab. The scope of the seminar includes regulation and policy for energy, environmental, and transportation issues. Sessions are biweekly on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Seminar Schedule:

  • March 1: Simon Dietz, Grantham Research Institute
  • March 15: Natalia Fabra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (12pm)
  • March 31: Allan Hsiao, MIT (12pm)
  • April 5: Hendrik Wolff, Simon Fraser University
  • April 19: Namrata Kala, MIT Sloan
  • May 3: Rick Van der Ploeg, Oxford University

To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please email your name and affiliation to Jennifer Jones.

Energy Markets and Policy — Guest Lecture Series

Thursday, March 4, 3:00 – 4:20 PM ET

These lectures are part of BEPP763, “Energy Markets and Policy” and co-hosted by the Wharton Risk Center’s Business, Climate, and Environment Lab.

Seminar Schedule:

  • March 4:  Juliet Eilperin, Energy and Environment Reporter, The Washington Post
    Topic: Energy policy and the media
  • March 23:  Elta Kolo, Content Lead for Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie and Daniel Finn-Foley; Head of Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie
    Topic: Energy storage
  • April 6:  Gianluca Signorelli, VP, Head of Project Finance and M&A Execution, U.S. SB Energy (SoftBank)
    Topic: Renewable energy project finance
  • April 13:  Peter Allen, Head of Finance, Offshore North America, Orsted
    Topic: Financing offshore wind investments

Lectures are open to Penn-affiliated individuals only.  To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please email your name and affiliation to Carol Heller.

Can Finance Solve the Climate and COVID Crises?

Thursday, March 18, 4:30-6:00 PM ET

Financial regulators, such as the European Central Bank and the Fed in the United States, are actively considering their role in solving global crises, such as climate change and the current pandemic. Likewise, private institutions like banks, investment funds, and others are taking active steps to promote a transition to a low-carbon economy. This panel will discuss what these regulators and firms are doing to address these crises, and what more they can do to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy going forward.

Kalin Anev Janse, Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)
Navindu Katugampola, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Sarah E. Light, Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

This event is open to Penn-affiliated individuals only.  Learn more and register here.

Thursday, March 25, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Nature offers effective solutions to mitigate climate change and help achieve climate neutrality goals. Our panel of experts explores the implementation of these solutions—with a focus on England, the Netherlands, and the United States. Join us for a discussion about funding, policy considerations, socioeconomic and environmental impacts, as well as challenges for implementation.  This event is hosted by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Mónica Altamirano, Specialist in Public-Private Partnerships and Adaptation Finance, Deltares
Carolyn Kousky, Executive Director, Wharton Risk Center
Nathalie Seddon, Professor, Biodiversity, University of Oxford

Matthijs Bouw, Associate Professor of Practice, Weitzman School of Design

Learn more and register here.