Michael Greenstone

Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. He also serves as the Director of the Becker Friedman Institute, the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, and the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he co-led the development of the United States Government’s social cost of carbon. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT. Greenstone’s research, which has influenced policy globally, is largely focused on uncovering the benefits and costs of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. He is producing empirically grounded estimates of the local and global impacts of climate change as a co-director of the Climate Impact Lab. Greenstone received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College. Read more>

Lina Sergie Attar

Lina Sergie Attar is founder and CEO of Karam Foundation, an organization that develops innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth and sustainable development programs initiated by Syrians for Syrians. She is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. She was named one of GOOD magazine’s 2016 GOOD 100 for Karam’s innovative work with Syrian refugees. Her articles and essays have been published in the NYT, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, and BBC. She has appeared on CNN, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, NPR and other media outlets. Lina has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions across North America and beyond. Sergie Attar is a co-founder of the How Many More? project, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign, and is a non-resident fellow at New America. Read more>