Former Senior Advisor to President Obama, Head of Sustainable Investing Group at BlackRock
From restructuring the American auto industry to securing the Paris Climate Agreement, economic and clean energy expert Brian Deese was the President’s point person on some of the most historic undertakings of the Obama administration. During eight years that ran the gamut from financial crisis to momentous achievements in healthcare, environmental protection and bipartisan budget legislation, Deese rose to the position of Senior Advisor, counseling the President and shaping policy on conservation, energy, financial regulation, job creation and the economic impact of healthcare reform. A key driver of U.S. global leadership on climate change, Deese was responsible for engagement with China, India and other major economies and for implementing the Obama energy agenda at home and abroad. He acted as principal negotiator of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and oversaw the Supreme Court nomination process of Judge Merrick Garland. Bringing perspectives gained in the White House inner circle and the center of major legislative and budget negotiations, Deese provides an insider’s outlook on subjects ranging from the future of healthcare and the economy to the future of our planet. His thought-provoking talks engage, inform and give audiences a high-level look at the political and economic landscape in 2017 and beyond. Read More >
New Uncertainties for Global Energy Markets
Energy & Climate Change Trends and Opportunities
The Macroeconomics of Climate Change
After several years of historic progress in combating climate change and deploying clean energy, 2017 presents new uncertainties for global energy markets. Will the rapid rise of renewable energy continue? How much of Obama’s climate change strategy can Trump actually dismantle? Will major global players like China and India remain committed to addressing climate change in this new reality? How should businesses hedge against these risks to their operations and portfolios? Read More >
Having led the U.S.'s effort to secure the Paris Climate agreement and implement the Obama energy agenda at home and abroad, Deese can provide unique insight into these questions; offer tailored advice for businesses in sectors from real estate to financial services to information technology; and explain how and why continued progress on combating climate change is indeed possible, anchored in emerging market trends. Read Less ^
U.S. economic policy is heating up in 2017, with major infrastructure, tax reform and health care policy changes all on the horizon. These moves will have enormous impacts on the American economy, business operations and on how families plan their lives. Read More >
Having been a core member of the President’s economic policy team, and participating in each of its successes and failures over the past eight years, Deese can offer a practical guide to understanding the near-term policy landscape: how the budget process can actually be used to reform entitlements and the tax code, what a major infrastructure push could actually look like, how ACA can and can’t actually be repealed, and what all this will mean for businesses and organizations large and small. Drawing from his experience negotiating recent infrastructure and budget agreements with Congressional Republican leadership, Deese can also offer insights about how the political landscape is likely to affect policy priorities in the coming years. Read Less ^
From remaking the American auto industry, to negotiating a global climate agreement, to vetting a Supreme Court nominee, Deese has learned to lead in environments where he has been consistently the youngest person around the table. Through a recounting of his own successes and failures, Deese offers students and younger audiences perspective on what it takes to lead at the highest levels even at a young age, to overcome experience deficit, and to balance risk taking with deep preparation and humility.
As the head of the Sustainable Investing group of the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, Brian Deese is an expert on the movement towards sustainable investment. Deese is leading the company’s effort to appeal to investors who wish to help society. This goal aligns itself with the new trend on Wall Street, which is to integrate social issues with investment. In recent years, environmental, social and corporate-governance standards have shifted to appeal to younger investors and institutions that want their portfolios to mirror their values. For audiences, Deese brings to the table his experience in negotiating the Paris agreement on climate change, as well as his role in bailing out the US auto industry.
"Brian Deese is smart, politically savvy, and a gifted communicator. He didn’t just survive in the Obama White House, he thrived. He took the helm on climate change and clean energy during the finalization of the Clean Power Plan and the Oil and Gas Methane Rule. He had the ear of the President and the support and trust of the full Obama Cabinet because he worked hard, listened well, and never took his eyes off what was best for the health and prosperity of American families. This country owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Brian Deese."
"Brian Deese was amazing. With nearly 700 people from 18 different countries in the audience, he managed to keep everyone fully engaged. He obviously did his homework on our industry and key sector issues and was very well prepared to offer cogent and relevant policy insights. His remarks were both optimistic and practical and delivered in an engaging and professional manner, drawing from personal experience and seasoned insight to international negotiations and high-stakes federal policy-making. I want to convey our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Brian for his humility in preparation and his well-crafted and instructive keynote address….he really hit it out of the park for IDEA."
"Brian's talk was excellent. Everyone in the room was engaged and asked questions. Brian spoke for 30 minutes and then we had a steady stream of questions and discussions for another 90+ minutes. I kept asking him if he wanted a break to eat but he was enjoying it and just kept going! His insight and knowledge on climate and his command of the material was impressive. An excellent event. Feedback was very good."