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Nina Chen Director of Conservation Investments, The Nature Conservatory

She oversees land protection, environmental economics and development of market-based mechanisms to finance conservation. Her goal is to make conservation financially and socially sustainable. Before joining the Conservancy, she had an eight-year career in finance, spanning a wide range of areas from sovereign bonds, interest rates derivatives, mortgages, and structured credit products. She has worked at Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Canada as a strategist and as a trader. Nina’s long-term interest in conservation dates back to her childhood living near the woods in a small town in southern China. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Her doctoral thesis used decision theory and uncertainty analysis to tackle the time and cost barriers in incorporating environmental impact assessments, especially life cycle assessments, into corporate decision-making. Nina is also working towards an Executive Education Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability from Columbia University.
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