Marilyn Waite (left) and Andrew Chang (right) at COP28 in Dubai

Why Now

In the wake of historic climate-related fires, floods, droughts, and despair, the hosts of the China Cleantech podcast decided to broaden the scope of their coverage to the entire Global South with the Global South Climate Tech podcast. While the term is imperfect, Global South currently encapsulates most of the world – the many lower to upper middle income countries that represent the global majority of the population. In our definition of the Global South, we also include the Global South that is in the Global North–communities that are disproportionately excluded from access to capital and wealth in high income economies.

Like our China-based coverage when we first started the podcast in 2020, the climate tech innovation stories from the Global South are mostly missing from English-speaking media.

Co-hosts Andrew Chang and Marilyn Waite leverage their previous experiences living and working in the Global South to ask real questions, elevate talent and knowledge, and provide a platform for the most impacted by the climate crisis to speak for themselves.


Marilyn Waite

Marilyn Waite leads the Climate Finance Fund, covering the markets of China, the European Union, and the United States. An avid writer and communicator, she is author of Sustainability at Work: careers that make a difference. Marilyn also serves on various clean energy and investment boards, including Climate First Bank.

Marilyn previously led the energy practice at the venture capital firm Village Capital, modeled and forecasted energy solutions to climate change as a senior research fellow at Project Drawdown, and served in a number of roles in nuclear and renewable energy at Orano (formerly AREVA). She taught sustainable business at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing and worked in a number of capacities throughout China.

She holds a Masters Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.


Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang supports the global development of New Energy Nexus with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region and China. Andrew currently has led the re-brand for New Energy Nexus, was the marketing lead for Free Electrons and the Program Director for The Battery Challenge by LG Chem.

Prior to New Energy Nexus, Andrew was a Project Manager at Powerhouse, the world’s only incubator and accelerator dedicated to intelligent energy.

Andrew has helped Powerhouse quickly become the nation’s leader in fostering solar innovation and entrepreneurship by hosting annual Solar Hackathons in Silicon Valley, launching Australia’s first Solar Hackathon, leading international competitions and designing the accelerator program for solar startups.

Lastly, Andrew’s extensive marketing experiences comes from 3+ years at two internationally renowned advertising agencies; TBWA China and Y&R Shanghai. He managed accounts with Porsche, Pepsi, Bacardi and Adidas. His most notable achievement was managing and pitching Pantone ‘The Power of Color’ creative that won Bronze at Cannes in 2014.

Listen Now

The first season of the Global South Climate Tech podcast was recorded during COP28. Listen Now!