Nina Chen

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Eastern Regional Network
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Director of Conservation Investments
The Nature Conservancy
Chester, NJ

Nina Chen, Director of Conservation Investments. Yue (Nina) Chen joined the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in February 2014 as the Director of Conservation Investments.  She oversees environmental economics and the development of innovative funding sources to support conservation.  Her goal is to make conservation financially and socially sustainable.  Before joining the Conservancy, she had an eight-year career in finance, spanning a wide range of areas from sovereign bonds, interest rates derivatives, mortgages, and structured credit products.  She has worked at Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Canada as a strategist and as a trader.  Nina’s long-term interest in conservation dates back to her childhood living near the woods in a small town in southern China.  She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  Her doctoral thesis used decision theory and uncertainty analysis to tackle the time and cost barriers in incorporating environmental impact assessments, especially life cycle assessments, into corporate decision-making.  Nina also has an Executive Education Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability from Columbia University.