Executive Director, Initiative on Closing the Investment Gap in Sustainable Infrastructure (the CIG Initiative), USA.
Amber Leonard is the Executive Director of the Initiative on Closing the Investment Gap in SustainableInfrastructure (the CIG Initiative), which is hosted by the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland, USA. Amber is also the managing director of MEG LLC (1989 to present). She has worked at the intersection of energy, environment, and development for more than 30 years, focusing on capacity building and technology transfer. Most recently, her work for CIG has emphasized bringing together senior leaders in the financial services sector and project developers in selected developing countries to expand and accelerate investment in sustainable infrastructure. Previously, she was a founder and co-convenor of the Consortium for North-South Dialog and Partnership on Climate Change, an innovative NGO network of senior climate analysts and advocates on five continents (1989- 2002).
Amber co-edited, with Irving Mintzer, Confronting Climate Change: Risks, Implications, andResponses (Oxford University Press 1992) and Negotiating Climate Change: The Inside Story of the RioConvention (Oxford University Press, 1995). She was managing editor of the journal Global Change, published by the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. Amber holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in International Business from California State University, San Francisco.