Director of Energy Innovation and Impact, Microsoft
Vanessa serves as the Director of Energy Innovation and Impact reporting to Chief Environmental Officer. Her group is responsible for charting the way for Microsoft to be carbon negative by 2030. Vanessa has been advancing green infrastructure, the energy transition and sustainability through innovation, program development, policy advancement, and operational excellence – at global scale. She started her career at the French Ministry of Finance and Energy, was part the French climate change negotiation team, and then shifted to private equity finance of green infrastructure. She dedicated her career to climate change adaptation, mitigation financing and innovation, and has used the power of advanced technology and financial instruments to transition to a low-carbon economy. She is French and Indian, holds masters’ degree from Sciences-PO Paris, ESCP Paris, and is a graduate of Ecole nationale d’administration.