Dr. Elie Chachoua is a strategy expert focusing on the trends shaping the global energy scene, their implications for sustainability and what this means for public and private actors. His work on sustainable finance and infrastructure has been published by renowned organizations, including CleanTechnica, the World Economic Forum, KPMG, the OECD and UNDP.
Given the scale of investments needed to keep global temperatures in check, Elie is a firm believer that the challenge is not just about ‘how to finance green’ but about ‘how to green finance’ as well. As a Senior Advisor on Sustainable Finance at CAN, he is actively involved in both topics, working with CAN and its partners in engaging the financial sector to bring about change.
While this is his first appointment as CAN staff, Elie has been interacting with CAN throughout his career, notably during the climate change negotiations rounds – of which he has attended more than 10 sessions, including COP15 in Copenhagen, COP16 in Cancun, and COP21 in Paris.
Elie has extensive experience in managing multidisciplinary research projects with international teams and has spent his entire professional life working in an international context. A fundamentally creative and intellectually curious individual, he gets his energy from people, passion and new challenges, often inspiring himself from figures that informed his multidisciplinary way of life, such as Physics Nobel Prize Richard Feynman and Japanese philosopher Myamoto Musashi. His favorite animal is the dolphin.
Elie holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks English, French, a tiny bit of Spanish, and a splash of Hebrew.