Barbara Finamore

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Barbara Finamore is a senior leader and environmental advocate with over 40 years of experience in environmental law and China climate and clean energy policy. In 1996, she founded the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) China Program in Beijing, the first clean energy program to be launched by an international NGO. She helped to develop China’s first energy codes for residential and commercial buildings, first research and development program for fuel cell vehicles, first utility-based initiative for energy conservation, and first nationwide emission control regulations for the shipping industry.

Ms. Finamore served as the Senior Strategic Director for Asia at NRDC, the President and Chair of the Professional Association for China’s Environment (PACE), and the co-founder and President of the China-U.S. Energy Innovation Alliance. Ms. Finamore also worked for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Center for International Environmental Law.

In 2017, Ms. Finamore was named a member of Foreign Policy’s “The U.S.-China 50”, a group of 50 individuals who are powering the world’s most complex and consequential relationship. She holds a J.D. degree with honors from Harvard Law School, and is the author of “Will China Save the Planet?” (Polity Press).

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