Full Name
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Job Title
Advisor to Climate-focused Funds, Founders and Philanthropies, Author,
Current Employer
Council on Foreign Relations
Speaker Bio
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon currently advises philanthropies, founders and funds focused on climate and energy transition. She also serves as a senior fellow with Mission Possible Partnership, focused on decarbonising hardest-to-abate sectors, and an adjunct senior fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations focused on climate and development.
Gayle has written extensively on sustainable finance and global entrepreneurship for the IFC, Fast Company, World Bank, Bloomberg, Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Review. Her TEDTalk on the power of investing in entrepreneurs in emerging economies has received more than 1 million views. She authored a recent Project Syndicate piece on climate and gender, and focused on the intersection of climate, state fragility and development in the 2014 paper “Fragile States, Fragile Lives.” She has highlighted entrepreneurs in Liberia, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Bosnia, among others, and authored three New York Times best-selling books.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Harvard Business School, she is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee as well as a Fulbright Scholar. She speaks Spanish, German and conversational French, and is conversant in Dari.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon