Global Thermostat has assembled a brain trust of leading experts in the energy, sciences and climate policy fields as well as engineers, clean-tech entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Graciela Chichilnisky

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively in the Kyoto Protocol process, creating and designing the carbon market that has become international law in 2005. Working closely for several years with negotiators of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the organization in charge of deciding world policy with respect to global warming, Dr. Chichilnisky acted as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Prize for their work in this area. In 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol was signed by 163 nations, Dr. Chichilnisky authored the Protocol language that led to the creation of the carbon market.

Dr. Chichilnisky was founder and CEO of two successful technology companies in the financial telecommunications area, based on the IP she created and patented, which she sold in Japan and in the US. In addition to her extensive management experience, she is an active scientist and acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. The author of fifteen books and some 250 scientific articles published in the preeminent academic journals covering economics, finance and mathematics, Dr. Chichilnisky speaks extensively on globalization and the global environment. She is a professor of Economics and in Mathematical Statistics and a University Senator at Columbia University in New York, and the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Chichilnisky has no college degree. She studied at MIT and UC Berkeley and holds two Ph.D. degrees in pure Mathematics and in Economics respectively, and taught at Harvard, Essex and Stanford Universities.



Management and Advisors

Technology Team

Technology Advisors and Management Consultants

  • Ron Chance

    Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Distinguished Scientific Advisor Emeritus with Exxon Mobil (retired)
  • Christopher Jones

    Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jerry Meldon

    Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University
  • Leann Taylor

    Former Executive at Warner Music Group & Gartner; Advisor, GreenOrder
  • Rocco Fiato

    Vice President and General Manager of Business Development & Planning, Accelergy