Global Conference 2010
Executive Vice President, Chicago Climate Exchange
Michael Walsh is an Executive Vice President at the Chicago Climate Exchange, the world's first and North America's only active, voluntary, legally binding, integrated trading system to reduce emissions of all six greenhouse gases. Walsh also serves on the board of the Montreal Climate Exchange. As a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development, Walsh provided instructional seminars on emissions trading for industry and government officials from several eastern European countries. Previously Walsh was a senior economist with the Chicago Board of Trade, where he directed efforts to develop exchange-based environmental markets, and a financial economist in the Office of Tax Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department. Walsh has written extensively on energy efficiency and has published articles in numerous publications. He has been a speaker at United Nations climate conferences, industry conferences and educational workshops around the world. Walsh received bachelor's degrees in economics and political science from Illinois State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.