Global Conference 2014
Hank Paulson is chairman of the Paulson Institute and a former U.S. Treasury secretary. A nonpartisan "think and do" institution, the Paulson Institute works to advance global environmental protection and sustainable economic growth in the U.S. and China while promoting broader understanding between the two countries. Paulson served as the 74th secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a 32-year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and CEO. Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon. A lifelong conservationist, he was chairman of the Nature Conservancy board and founded and co-chaired the organization's Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council. Paulson also co-chairs a major initiative exploring the economic risks of climate change in the U.S. Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970.