"Will We Choke on China's Smog? Finance, Energy and the Emerging Markets' Growing Needs"

2011 Henry Kaufman Lecture/Symposia Series

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Economies in Brazil, India and China are expanding and incomes are rising; energy needs and pollution levels are also skyrocketing. Do policy makers and investors see a strategy that allows for the creation of a 21st century energy infrastructure in these countries. If so, what might it look like? How are veteran players like the coal industry trying to hold onto power by expanding their share of these markets, and what are the risks and rewards for innovative new companies? Join the Museum and the Sierra Club for a lively discussion with leaders in the field.


Carter F. Bales is the Chairman and co-founder of NewWorld Capital Group, which invests in the environmental opportunities sector in the US, Canada and Europe, with special focus on energy efficiency, clean energy, water resources and reclamation, waste-to-value and environmental services. Mr. Bales was a member of McKinsey & Co.'s Board of Directors for seven years and continues as an Emeritus Director and Senior Advisor to McKinsey on environmental matters.

Carl Pope became Chairman of the Sierra Club in 2010, after serving for more than 17 years as Executive Director. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

Michael Richter (moderator) is a partner with Environmental Capital Partners (ECP), a private equity firm affiliated with New York Private Bank & Trust that provides long-term capital and management support to leading middle-market companies in the environmental industry. Prior to joining ECP, he enjoyed a successful 15-year career with the New York Rangers, where he was a three-time NHL All-Star.

Adam Wolfensohn is a Managing Director at Wolfensohn & Co. where he leads the firm’s environmental markets initiative as well as the firm’s efforts to invest in low carbon energy companies based in, or operating in emerging markets. Prior to Wolfensohn & Co., he managed the clean-tech portfolio for the Wolfensohn family office and produced the climate change documentary, "Everything’s Cool," that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.

Presentation will be followed by Q&A and reception. Reservations required. Admission is free for students and Museum members, or $15 for non-members. For additional information, please call 212-908-4110 or e-mail info@moaf.org.

The Museum welcomes members of its Young Professionals Circle to this event.