Please join us in this session to discuss how financial mechanisms can help match capital to projects to fund the energy transition. We will explore the role that green bonds play in putting money to work, but also focus on some remaining barriers to scaling green capital deployment, and how financial intermediaries can help.


Sarah La Monaca

Sarah La Monaca is a Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Her work focuses on the power sector, renewables, and energy finance. Prior to joining CGEP, Sarah was a Senior Researcher in Energy Economics and Policy at the University College Dublin (UCD) Energy Institute, where she co-authored research on clean energy programs and policies, and served on a climate mitigation advisory committee for the Irish government. Previously, she worked as a Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, supporting analysis and implementation of President Obama's energy and climate agenda, and advising senior leadership on a range of policy and management issues.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Master of Science in Energy & Environmental Finance from UCD.

Eric Shrago

Eric is the Managing Director of Operations for the Connecticut Green Bank focused on strategic planning, impact, communications and the general management of the organization.  A former investment banker and management consultant with experience working in the US, Latin America, and Asia, Eric made a career pivot to direct his efforts to clean energy in 2013 and has experience working on energy efficiency in distribution at Adidas and energy reform in Mexico.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Global Energy Markets and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Katherine Spector

Katherine Spector is a Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy focusing on traded and financial energy markets, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas. She is a longtime energy market analyst, having spent the past fifteen years producing thought-leading research at major banks. The bulk of her career was spent leading energy strategy and research for the commodity derivatives sales and trading desks at CIBC World Markets, JPMorgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank, all based in New York. Ms. Spector was responsible for the banks' energy price forecasts and market views, and she produced analysis of global energy supply-demand fundamentals, financial positioning, and market-moving geopolitics. Her work supported bank traders and originators in all major regions, and clients ranged from oil and gas companies, to institutional investors, to representatives of US and international government.

Prior to her work on Wall Street, Ms. Spector worked as the editor of Oil Market Intelligence at the Energy Intelligence Group and as a consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc. where her work included litigation support for the deregulation of natural gas utilities. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and held term membership at the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently serves on the board of the New York Energy Forum. Ms. Spector has appeared regularly in print and television media.

Ms. Spector graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science from Yale University, where her research focused on patterns of rent distribution in petro-states, and implications for democratization.


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6:00 - 7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Reception


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