Adapting Cities for a Changing Climate

December 9, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. CST

The climate crisis is here, and cities are at the heart of it. New technologies enable innovative solutions to reduce emissions and mitigate the most severe effects, yet cities face a host of challenges in adopting and implementing them. Climate impacts and the technologies that could address them are often experienced unequally within and across cities. Can cities, governments, and the private sector overcome the obstacles to face the new climate reality together?


Join us to explore how technology can help cities create a more equitable and resilient future.

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Thursday, December 9

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. CST

Opening Remarks

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs 

Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor, Financial Times 

Partnerships for a Resilient Urban Future

Stonly Baptiste Blue, Founding Partner, Urban Us Venture Capital

Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County 

Stacy Swann, CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors 

Moderator: Patrick Temple-West, Governance Reporter, Financial Times 

Remarks by the United States National Climate Advisor 

Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor 

Investing in Green Cities

Kostas Bakoyannis, Mayor, Athens 

Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, Melbourne 

Vivek Pathak, Global Head and Director of Climate Business, IFC 

Moderator: Simon Mundy, Moral Money Editor, Financial Times 






Mayor, Athens


Kostas Bakoyannis is the Mayor of Athens. He has previously served as Governor of Central Greece and Mayor of Karpenissi. He holds an MA in public policy from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government and a PhD in political science and international relations from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Greek Leadership Council member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 

Twitter: @KBakoyannis




Founding Partner, Urban Us Venture Capital

San Francisco

Stonly Baptiste Blue is a partner at Urban Us, where he leads early-stage investments in urban climate solutions. Stonly is recognized by TechCrunch as a top 10 VC that startup founders love, and is ranked in the top 10% for competency, reputation, and financial performance on NFX Signal, VC Guide, and Pitchbook, respectively. Stonly has previously taught at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

Twitter: @stonlyb, @UrbanUsCo 




Lord Mayor, Melbourne 


Sally Capp is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor in Melbourne. Sally’s top priority is bringing the buzz back to Melbourne and driving the city’s economic recovery following the devastation caused by the COVID pandemic. She was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe, and Israel. Sally has also served as CEO of the Committee for Melbourne and was a senior executive at ANZ and KPMG.  


Twitter: @LordMayorMelb@cityofmelbourne




Mayor, Miami-Dade County 


Daniella Levine Cava is the first-ever woman mayor of Miami-Dade, managing a $9 billion budget and a workforce of over 28,000, serving nearly 3 million residents. She is committed to building a stronger, more resilient Miami-Dade by prioritizing policies to build safer neighborhoods, rebound and restore Miami-Dade's economy, expand opportunity for all families, protect our environment, and engage directly with residents to make government more responsive and accountable.  


Twitter: @MayorDaniella 


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President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.


Twitter: @IvoHDaalder




White House National Climate Advisor 

Washington, DC

Gina McCarthy is the first National Climate Advisor—the president's chief advisor on domestic climate policy—and leads the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis, creating good-paying, union jobs, and securing environmental justice. Previously, she served as 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then as President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 


Twitter: @ginamccarthy46 




Moral Money Editor, Financial Times 


Simon Mundy is the Moral Money Editor at the Financial Times, covering environmental and sustainability issues for the award-winning Moral Money platform and across the wider FT. He first joined the FT in Johannesburg and later spent seven years in Asia, heading the FT bureaux in Seoul and Mumbai. He travelled through 26 countries and six continents to research for Race for Tomorrow (October 2021), a book on the global scramble to respond to climate change. 


Twitter: @simonmundy 




Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation 

Washington, DC

Vivek Pathak is IFC’s Director and Global Head, Climate Business. He facilitates climate-related business growth, capital mobilization, and product development, bringing a climate perspective to the mainstream of IFC’s decision-making. He has previously held the roles of IFC’s regional director for East Asia and Pacific and global head and director of credit and investment risk. Prior to joining the IFC, Vivek held leadership roles at Bank of America and ABN AMRO Bank.  


Twitter: @IFC_org 




US Managing Editor, Financial Times

New York City

Peter Spiegel is currently the US managing editor of the Financial Times. Prior to that, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Twitter: @SpiegelPeter




CEO and Founding Partner, Climate Finance Advisors 

Washington, DC

Stacy Swann is CEO of Climate Finance Advisors. She is also the chair of Chairs’ Council on Climate of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), and sits on the Board of Montgomery County Green Bank and the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership. Swann has previously held senior positions with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the US Department of Treasury.  

Twitter: @StacySwann, @ClimateFinAdv 




Governance Reporter, Financial Times

New York City

Patrick Temple-West writes about corporate governance and securities regulations for the Financial Times. Before he joined the FT, he was a reporter at Politico and Reuters. 


Twitter: @Temple_West


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