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Aimee Christensen

CEO; Christensen Global, Senior Advisor; World Climate Foundation
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As Founder and CEO of Christensen Global, Aimée Christensen is accelerating solutions for a resilient world. She has nearly thirty years' experience in policy, law, investment, philanthropy and business including with Google, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy. At Christensen Global, she advises corporations, investors, governments, philanthropists and organizations worldwide, including the United Nations, where she served as a Special Adviser to the Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, the Clinton Global Initiative, where she helped build the energy and climate agenda, Virgin where she helped guide the development of several of Sir Richard Branson's major initiatives including The Elders, The B Team, and the Carbon War Room, as well as Duke Energy, FEMSA, Global Ocean Commission, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Swiss Re. As “Climate Maven” at Google, she shaped the company’s early climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality, launching ReChargeIT, Google.org’s first climate project to accelerate the electrification of transportation, and successfully lobbying for AB32 in California (CA Global Warming Solutions Act). At the Department of Energy, she drafted and negotiated the first bilateral and regional climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica, et al., 1994-1998). While in law school she wrote and gained adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999). In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho where she has aligned her family investments for impact including serving as a founding member of Divest Invest. She founded the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience in 2015 to protect regional quality of life and to serve as a resource to communities everywhere, convening the annual Sun Valley Forum to catalyze action globally. She serves on the boards of the National Forest Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, and the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. Aimée is a 2020 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year, 2017 Idaho Women in Leadership & Zions Bank laureate, the 2011 Hillary Institute (NZ) laureate and a 2010 Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and JD from Stanford Law School.