The Climate Tech Opportunity: Financing and Scaling Climate Solutions

The Insights for Action seminar series explores how researchers and practitioners within and beyond Oxford are using research insights to drive social change.

In this seminar we will discuss The Oxford Climate Tech Initiative’s new report The Climate Tech Opportunity, its insights on the rapidly evolving climate tech field, and lessons for financing and scaling climate tech solutions.

The report will be formally launched on November 14th, 3 days prior to the event.


Abrar Chaudhury is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow at Saïd Business School exploring global environmental change, climate finance and corporate purpose. He is affiliated with Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and is a Fellow of Green Templeton College. Abrar is currently investigating how climate funding, such as the Green Climate Fund, and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and distributed ledgers, shape implementation and diffusion of climate action in Pakistan and emerging economies.

Jamil Wyne is a specialist in climate technology and investment in emerging markets, focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurship ecosystems, and climate finance, among other sectors. He has spent his career working with development finance institutions, impact investment firms, and technology startups, including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Schmidt Futures, Clean Energy Venture Group, the United Nations, Oxford University, the World Wildlife Fund, Wamda, Ashoka, and Mercy Corps. He is also the founder of the Climate Tech Bootcamp, a global platform supporting early-stage founders.

Suma Reddy is an entrepreneur and educator keenly interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation, and progress. She is the CEO of Future Acres, a company creating farm tools that carry farms into the future, starting with Carry, a robotic harvest companion. Suma is also currently building a founder collective based on the principles of entrepreneurship as activism. Suma has previously co-founded companies in vertical farming, waste management, and renewable energy. She started her career at a microfinance startup in India, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali. Suma also received the White House Champions of Change Award for her work in LGBTQ advocacy.


Professor Marya Besharov is Professor of Organisations and Impact at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and the Academic Director of the Skoll Centre.


Date 17/11/2023
Time 15.30
Venue The Nest
Event type Lecture
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