Nick Beglinger is a Swiss economist (LSE). In 2008 he co-founded the Cleantech21 foundation and since acted as CEO. His professional focus area is sustainable development at the crossroads of finance, innovation, and regulation. He addresses competitiveness issues in the light of Paris-compatible development, and in particular carbon pricing. Between 2009 and 2016, Nick acted as president of Switzerland’s first green business association, swisscleantech, and thereby influenced the country’s climate, energy, and mobility policy. At COP22 in Marrakesh, Nick initiated the Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI) bringing blockchain technology to UNFCCC, and the Hack4Climate at COP23 in Bonn. He serves on the board of theGlobal Infrastructure Basel Foundation, and he is part of WWF’s Leaders for Nature.  

Nick started his career with McKinsey in Germany. He worked in China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Prior to C21, Nick headed a 3-year engagement with the Government of Abu Dhabi for the Masdar Project. He was in charge of many advisory engagements with public and private clients in the field of economic and urban planning. Nick bikes and urban-farms, plays the piano and soccer with friends, jogs, swims, and occasionally gets to kitesurf.  

We are very happy to welcome Nick to IOTA, his vast international background and extensive expertise in clean technology and the present challenges tied to climate change will assist in enabling IOTA’s potential in this realm. He is bringing his full entrepreneurial and activist mentality to the IOTA project. Securing air monitoring data, smart grid optimization models, business models and getting the right people in the right room for dialog are just some of the things Nick will be able to bring to the table.

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