Nick Beglinger is a Swiss economist (LSE). In 2008 he co-founded and currently runs the Cleantech21 foundation (C21). His focus area is sustainable development at the crossroads of finance, innovation, and regulation. From 2009 to 2016, Nick acted as president of Switzerland’s first green business association, swisscleantech, and thereby shaped the country’s climate, energy, and mobility policy. At COP22 in Marrakesh 2016, Nick co-founded the Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI), bringing distributed ledger technologies (DLT, ‘blockchain’) to UNFCCC. In 2017, Nick initiated the first DLT/energy lighthouse project by the Swiss Ministry of Energy, and the first five DLT/climate use cases financed by the EU’s Climate-KIC. At COP23, C21 organised #Hack4Climate, the first hackathon linked to a climate conference (5 days, 100 developers from 31 countries, 40 experts). Based on its success, and the growing #Hack4Climate community of IoT, DLT and AI developers, C21 started the Hack4Climate innovation program in 2018. Nick is part of the IOTA Foundation, the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, and WWF’s Leaders for Nature. He started his career with McKinsey in Hamburg, and then setup the first software JV in Saigon. He worked in China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi for Maxmakers – where he headed a 3-year engagement with the Government of Abu Dhabi in the first development period of the Masdar Project – before returning to Zurich to set up C21.
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