Global Summit xii
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A Conversation with Ali Zaidi, Deputy National Climate Advisor to the Biden Administration

May 11th,2021 | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor / Instructor / Speaker: ALI ZAIDI

Ali Zaidi, a Pakistani-American lawyer, is the new first deputy National Climate Advisor to President Biden.

The Harvard and Georgetown-educated advisor is working with National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, the former Environmental Protection Agency director, with duties that include advising President Biden on domestic climate change policy.

An experienced executive, Zaidi helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement and the Obama administration's climate change plan. He previously served as the New York deputy secretary for energy and environment and a policy aide to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Zaidi recently discussed in a Columbia University program "an urgent need to create jobs that rely on clean energy for communities that have been negatively impacted by fossil fuels."

Zaidi lived with his family in Edinboro and was a 2004 graduate of General McLane High School.


is the Deputy National Climate Advisory to President Biden and former New York Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment. He also served as the associate director for natural resources, energy and science at the White House Office of Management and Budget under the Obama administration. Zaidi was born in Pakistan and moved to Edinboro, Pennsylvania where graduated from General McLane High School. Zaidi received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.