- April 15-17, 2024: Three-day foundation module
- May 2-3, 2024: Two-day sector expert module
The Climate Leadership Program at NYU Abu Dhabi is a specialized, tailored program designed for businesses in the region and is aimed at leveraging sustainability and climate change mitigation as core drivers for future growth and success in an era of rapid transformation.
Led by a team of the brightest sustainability experts from academia and industry, the program delivers unique insights, aligning with sector-specific experiences and cutting-edge research. Participants can select industry-specific subjects and gain revolutionary insights, driving toward a sustainable future and its economic opportunities.
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"This program is an outstanding chance to help fast-track businesses into the fantastic world of the latest sustainability opportunities. These exciting prospects for new growth and innovation are on the horizon, and NYUAD is committed to actively helping organizations and individuals benefit."
-- Harald Freissmuth, Program Director
The program aims to prepare the next generation of leaders to create value beyond traditional business frameworks, fostering confidence in addressing climate change challenges and creating sustainable business strategies. Through immersive learning experiences and innovative technology, the program ensures actionable real-world approaches for organizational climate change mitigation mandates — ensuring your leaders remain at the forefront of innovation.
As the global landscape evolves, so too should sustainable business leadership. The path to tomorrow starts here.
Harald Freissmuth, Executive Facilitator: Industry Expert, NYUAD
Harald has over 20 years of experience in the sustainability technology sector and international energy industry. He has served in various leadership roles, including C-level, senior executive, and board positions, with public corporations, private equity firms, and family-owned businesses.
Harald has gained a deep understanding of transformational key drivers in various industries throughout his career.
He possesses extensive expertise in sustainability technologies, including ESG strategies, carbon markets, technology assessment, and R&D. He is well-versed in driving the acceleration of new technologies to reach commercial readiness levels while also developing comprehensive and integrated business models.
He is a valuable resource to impact sustainability positively with his proficiency in both technical and commercial aspects of sustainable technologies.
Harald is passionate about bringing to market the latest innovative sustainability technologies and developing related new sustainable business models.
He is a corporate sustainability advisor for multiple industries, a sustainability think-tank founder, and develops sustainability strategies and methodologies, including executive management support.
Harald received a PhD in Technology and Economics from École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris in France, a BSc and MSc in Petroleum Engineering and Business Administration from MUL University Leoben Austria and a degree in automobile engineering from Technical College Moedling in Austria.
He lived and worked in Asia, Asia-Pacific, Caspian, India, Europe, and the Middle East.
Executive Director, Transition Investment Lab, NYUAD
Bernardo Bortolotti is Executive Director of the Transition Investment Lab at NYUAD, professor in economics at the University of Turin, Italy, and Director of the Sovereign Investment Lab at Bocconi University in Milan. His research focuses on the complex relationships between state and markets, with special emphasis on state ownership of firms, regulation, corporate finance, and corporate governance.
He is one of the leading international experts in privatization, state-assets management and divestiture, and sovereign wealth funds. His work appeared in major academic economics and finance journals, and he has published two books with Oxford University Press. He has been Executive Director of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
He has advised the World Bank, the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, the Italian Ministry of the Economy as secretary of the Global Advisory Committee on Privatization, the Italian Audit Office, listed firms and public and private financial institutions. He received his PhD in economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain.