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Accelerating Investments for Sustainable Development

June 8, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM



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Time: June 8, 2022, 7:00PM (Beijing) | 7:00AM (New York)

Event Language: English

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing is pleased to invite you to join Martin Dietrich Brauch, Senior Legal and Economic Researcher at CCSI, and Yigu Lin, Vice President at China Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Forum (CSEIF), as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainable investment in China. The discussion will be moderated by Xiaochen Guo (SIPA '21), currently an investment analyst at a private equity fund.

This event is supported by Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Global Shaper Community Beijing.



COVID-19 has shown that “business as usual” has failed us all. At no point in our history has shifted to a green future envisioned in the 2030 Agenda been more critical. Yet achieving these goals in less than ten years requires exponential efforts, in which investments can make a difference to improve human wellbeing, reduce inequalities, uphold human dignity as well as protect the planet and its ecosystems. Yet without proper governance, the investment would be a source of environmental devastation, social degradation, government corruption, and other negative outcomes.

Therefore, it’s imperative to upgrade investment mechanisms and mobilize investors to contribute to sustainable development. Good policies and practices of governments, companies, investors, and a range of national and international institutions and stakeholders play an important role to maximize positive impact while minimizing potential harms.




Martin Dietrich Brauch conducts economic and legal research, training, and advisory work at CCSI. He focuses on extractive industry investments in the context of sustainable development and the low-carbon transition. His expertise also extends to investment law and policy, among other areas of international economic governance. He has worked extensively with developing countries, speaking English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Yigu Lin

Yigu Lin is the Vice President at China Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Forum (CSEIF), and is responsible to drive effective partnership and advocacy in impact investing. Before joining the CSEIF, Yigu works at a Chinese boutique investment bank as Vice President and a state-run venture capital as investment manager. Prior to that, She works at The Wall Street Journal for five years as a reporter and researcher. Yigu holds an MBA in Finance from a dual-degree program at Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Double Master’s degrees in International Affairs from Peking University and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).



Xiaochen Guo

Xiaochen Guo is currently working at a private equity fund as an investment analyst. She was the impact investing manager at China Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Forum and has been promoting impact investing in China. Xiaochen graduated from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She was also selected to become a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2022.