Rachel Fleishman

Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific, Center for Climate and Security   

Rachel Fleishman is a Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific at the Center for Climate and Security where she focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, and Asia-Pacific Liaison at the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). 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 advises businesses and non-profit institutions on climate change and circular economy issues at Insight Sustainability. Prior roles included heading the sustainability and advocacy functions for German chemical company BASF in Asia Pacific, and directing Hong Kong’s only low-carbon leadership platform, the Climate Change Business Forum. She also held management positions at the Clinton Global Initiative Asia, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, and Sprint Corporation. Rachel speaks regularly on sustainability topics, including climate change, circular economy, and measuring non-financial impact, among other topics.

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.