Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific
Rachel Fleishman is a Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific at the Center for Climate and Security where she focuses on the Asia-Pacific region. Rachel started her career in national security policy, working in nuclear arms control at SAIC, the Pentagon and NATO. Her interest in climate security was sparked during her tenure working for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security), where Rachel helped to conceive and build the Pentagon’s international environmental security program.
Rachel currently leads the regional advocacy and sustainability functions for BASF in Asia. She engages stakeholders across the region in pursuit of BASF’s corporate purpose, creating chemistry for a sustainable future, by building coalitions, regulatory regimes and business models to meet societal and environmental needs. Rachel speaks regularly on sustainability topics, including climate change, circular economy, and measuring non-financial impact, among other topics. Previously, Rachel led the Climate Change Business Forum in Hong Kong. There she convened local, regional and international business leaders on issues relating to climate competitiveness, technology, research, finance and advocacy. During Rachel’s tenure CCBF worked with PwC to develop a climate risk tool for businesses operating in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Rachel also held management positions at the Clinton Global Initiative Asia, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, and Sprint Corporation.
Rachel holds a BA from Tufts University, an MA from the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs and an MBA from Kellogg, at Northwestern University.
Email: rfleishman (at) climateandsecurity.org