Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky

Graciela Chichilnisky

Title: 1) Scientist, Mathematician, Economist, Educator, Writer 2) Chief Executive Officer
Company: 1) Columbia University 2) Global Thermostat
Location: New York, New York, United States

Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, Scientist, Mathematician, Economist, Educator, Writer, and Chief Executive Officer at Columbia University and Global Thermostat, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of science, mathematics and economics.

With more than 45 years of professional experience in her fields of expertise, Dr. Chichilnisky has served in a number of positions since 1980, including director of the Center for the Management of Systemic Risk at Columbia University, professor of economics and statistics at Columbia University, and director of the Program on Information and Resources at Columbia University. In addition, she has been cofounder, chief executive officer, and managing director of Global Thermostat since 2010, senior advisor to the president of the University of Arizona since 2004, and member of the department of economics at the Institute of International Studies since 1993.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Chichilnisky held the role of Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University in Australia from 2008 to 2010, a UNESCO Professor of Mathematics and Economics at Columbia University from 1995 to 2003, the Keynes Salimbemi Chair in Economics at the University of Siena in Italy from 1994 to 1995, and the Keynes Chair in Economics at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1983. Serving as a professor and consultant both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Chichilnisky worked at such institutions as Harvard University, Nankai University, Beijing Normal University, the United Nations Latin American Economic Forum, the University of California, Berkeley, the United States Department of Labor, and the University des Antilles et de la Guyane.

Among her other achievements, Dr. Chichilnisky is renowned for creating a concept of basic needs that became the foundation for sustainable development, creating the Green Power Fund, which the U.S. State Department proposed and was accepted by 135 nations at the Convention of the United Nations, and producing a deformulation of quantum mechanics theory that shows the equivalence between the results of quantum mechanics and social choice theory in economics. The author of 15 books and 35 patents, Dr. Chichilnisky has contributed more than 250 articles to scientific journals in an effort to share her knowledge with her community.

A member of the National Women’s Studies Association and the American Chemical Society, Dr. Chichilnisky is most proud of earning two doctorates in mathematics and economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971 and 1976, respectively. In recognition of her exceptional achievements, she has been named among the 10 Most Influential Latinos in the U.S. by Hispanic Business since 2006 and has been a grantee of the National Science Foundation since 1974. The Carnegie Foundation presented her with the Great Immigrants, Great Americans Award in 2017, and she was also named Chief Executive Officer of the Year by Americas Renewable Energy Institute in 2015 and 2016. In addition, the National Women’s Studies Association honored her with the Speaking Out Prize in 2007, and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation named her the Most Distinguished Woman Economist in 1991. She has been a fellow of several organizations, including the Ford Foundation and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

The proud mother of three children and two grandchildren, Dr. Chichilnisky enjoys windsurfing in her spare time. Notably, she has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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