A conversation between Keith Gilless, Forest Economist and Dean of the College of Natural Resources, and Michele de Nevers, Senior Associate at the Center for Global Development, who specializes in climate finance issues.
Join us for a wine and hors d'oeuvre private reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and then enjoy a discussion with Dean Gilless and Ms. de Nevers.
Before joining CGD de Nevers was a Visiting Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College, Oxford. From 1981 to 2010 she worked for the World Bank, including as Senior Manager of the Environment Department and Director at the World Bank Institute. In the Environment Department she led the preparation of the WB's corporate Environment Strategy and the global consultations on the Bank’s Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change Michele holds an MS in Management, with a concentration in Finance, from MIT and a BA in Bacteriology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor J. Keith Gilless is the Dean of the College of Natural Resources and professor of Forest Economics and Management. He joined the faculty in 1983, and holds joint appointments in the departments of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
His career includes teaching, research and service in Austria, China, El Salvador, and Honduras. He won the campus distinguished teaching award in 1988 and the ESPM undergraduate teaching award in 2006. He regularly teaches an introductory environmental economics & policy course and has been the director of the UC Berkeley's summer field program in forestry. He also co-directs the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at CNR.
Gilless' academic specialties include trade in forest products, regional economic analysis of resource-dependent communities, wildland fire protection planning, forestry development and forest management decision analysis. He is particularly well known for his textbook in forest resource management and his work on modeling the pulp and paper industry and wildland fire protection system.
Gilless earned his B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and worked in forestry jobs in Maryland, Idaho, and Minnesota before enrolling to earn his joint Ph.D. in Forestry and Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.