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The covid-19 pandemic and climate change are both global problems, and proper responses to both require levels of co-operation that countries of the world find hard. The pandemic shows that urgent, coordinated and decisive action can turn a crisis around - but also that downplaying risks, ignoring scientific evidence and wasting time can have global, devastating and regressive outcomes. Taking early action can reduce the size of the threat and come at a lower economic cost.

As attention turns to restarting national economies, will the lessons of pandemic inform action on climate change? Will policy (and the collapse in the price of oil) impede or further decarbonisation?

Join us as we invite Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief & Energy and commodities editor at The Economist and Joseph Lake, Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Service (and former Managing Director of Climate Risk and The Economist) to map out how companies can learn the lessons from covid and map out the physical and transition risks and opportunities from climate change.


  • Charlotte Howard (New York bureau chief & Energy and commodities editor at The Economist)

    Charlotte Howard

    New York bureau chief & Energy and commodities editor at The Economist

    Charlotte Howard is the New York bureau chief and energy and commodities editor. She joined The Economist in 2004. From 2015 to 2018 she was the consumer goods and retail correspondent, covering e-commerce, traditional retail and consumer companies around the world. From 2011 to 2014 she was The Economist‘s health-care correspondent, writing about the health industry, health-care policy in America and global health. From 2007 to 2011 she was The Economist’s Midwest correspondent, covering American politics and a range of policy issues, including education, agriculture and transport. She is a graduate of Yale University.

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  • Joseph Lake (Chief Operating Officer at The Climate Service)

    Joseph Lake

    Chief Operating Officer at The Climate Service

    Joseph is Chief Operating Officer at The Climate Service. The Climate Service uses world-class science and technology to help measure, monitor, and manage the financial impacts of climate on business and investments.

    Prior to this appointment, he was Managing Director for Climate Risk at The Economist. Before that, he was Global Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, the business to business arm of the Economist, responsible for the commercial success of the economic analysis and forecasting business.

    Mr Lake is an influential voice on the economic impact of climate change. As well as advising multinational corporations, policy makers and private clients, his views are frequently quoted in the international media.

    Mr Lake previously worked as an economic advisor to the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance, and a hedge fund custodian for leading US financial services group PNC.

    He holds degrees in business management from Dublin City University, Ireland, and Reims Management School, France, and a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Nottingham, England.

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  • Andrew Staples (Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network)

    Andrew Staples

    Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network

    Andrew is the global Editorial Director of The Economist Corporate Network (ECN), the Economist Intelligence Unit’s briefing and advisory service for senior business leaders. He leads and supports a team of Network Directors (NDs) across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and ensures that editorial consistency and quality are maintained to the highest level.

    As editorial director, Andrew ensures that the values and standards of The Economist brand are upheld across all the networks and drives ECN editorial strategy through the innovation of new services and products.

    Andrew joined the Economist Group in 2013 and prior to his current role, ran ECN in Tokyo (later North Asia) and South-east Asia.

    Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise in the international media (BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Andrew was an associate professor of international business at business schools and leading universities in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Japan (Keio University, Doshisha Business School and Globis University Graduate School of Management).

    Andrew has published widely in his areas of expertise and his major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series and chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and popular textbooks including Asian Business and Management. He was also a Senior Editor for the internationally peer reviewed journal Asian Business and Management.

    Andrew has an MSc in East Asian Business and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003).

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