Informal Thematic Debate
Climate Change as a Global Challenge

Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich is the Founder and CEO of New Energy Finance Limited, a specialist provider of financial information and services to investors in renewable energy, low-carbon technologies and the carbon markets. Services include the New Energy Finance Briefing, the New Energy Finance Desktop (which is the world’s largest database of clean energy investors and transactions), the New Carbon Finance Deep Dive, subscription-based streams of research, analysis and forecasting, reports and consultancy.

Michael is an experienced venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has helped build more than 25 companies. Before founding New Energy Finance early in 2004, he was UK Managing Director of a division of Groupe Arnault which invested $700m of technology venture capital. From 1995 to 1998 Michael was Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television, the world’s leading wholesale provider of sports news video. At the same time he acted as non-executive director of Interactive Investor prior to its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Before that, Michael spent 5 years with McKinsey & Company in their London office focusing on operations and finance.

Michael has a Master of Arts in Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge, where he won the Wyatt Prize for Engineering and the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics. He has MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. Michael speaks fluent German and French, and good Spanish. From 1986 to 1993 he was a member of the British Ski Team, competing in the World Cup and in the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games.