Elizabeth Balkan is a China-focused consultant who advises investors on private equity and cleantech strategies. Balkan specializes in emerging market political, social and environmental risk. Living and working in the region for over a decade, Balkan has gained a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment in China. Balkan also advises private and public stakeholders on energy and climate policy, and is the founder of New Energy and Environment Digest (www.needigest.com). She has a B.S. in International Affairs and China Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in Economics and Energy Policy from Columbia University, and is based in New York City. She can be contacted directly at elizabeth [at] needigest [dot] com.