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Blue Green Future And Rebalance Earth Co-founder, Ted And Tedx Speaker, Ralph Chami, To Speak At 12th World Wilderness Congress In August

The organizers and hosts of the 12th World Wilderness Congress are excited to announce that Ralph Chami will speak at the Congress on Tuesday, August 27th!

Ralph Chami WILD12

“The current economic paradigm has a very good relationship with a dead nature, and a very bad relationship with living nature. Our work changes that.”

Ralph Chami has over 32 years of experience as a financial economist, with 25 years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has served as a consultant for the World Bank as well as for the private sector. He is the co-founder of Blue Green Future and Rebalance Earth, and holds visiting professor positions at Williams College and the University of Victoria.

He is an expert in a range of macro-financial topics including remittances, fragile states, financial inclusion, financial market development, banking regulation and risk management. Ralph recently retired from the IMF to work on climate change and biodiversity loss, developing a framework for valuing natural capital, fauna and flora, to build an equitable and nature-positive economy. He has developed the field of “Science-Based Finance℠,” and is a sought-after speaker on developing nature-positive markets.

His work on valuing natural capital has been featured at TED2022, TEDx Florence, NPR, National Geographic, Financial Times, The Economist, Washington Post, WEF, among others, along with peer-reviewed journals. Ralph has a BS from the American University of Beirut, an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University. Ralph has also now been invited to join the Planetary Guardians and is the Chief Economist for WAVE.

The 12th World Wilderness Congress (WILD12) is a global forum to coordinate and mobilize the protection of Earth’s remaining wilderness and wild places. It convenes thousands of delegates from around the world approximately every 4 years to seek and agree upon new actions and principles in the stewardship of Earth. WILD12 is hosted by the Oceti Sakowin on behalf of the Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council, and will place a special emphasis on reinterpreting wilderness through Indigenous perspectives.

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