Calli Obern is a Program Associate with the Energy and Environment Program and International Partners at the Aspen Institute. In this role, Calli leads Track II Dialogues with India and China on climate change and energy, and works on energy, environmental, and climate forums, roundtables, and dialogues as well as support the team on a variety of tasks. She also supports Aspen’s 10 international partners to improve collaboration and strengthen the network.
Previously, Calli served as a Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow with the Aspen Strategy Group. As a Fellow, Calli worked on the ASG Summer Workshop, an honorary event for Brent Scowcroft, and the Aspen Ministers Forum on the social contract and technology. During her studies, she practiced Chinese in Shanghai, China and participated in the Occidental United Nations Program, where she served as an attaché at the United Kingdom Mission to the UN reporting on human rights and humanitarian affairs. To culminate her studies, she produced a comprehensive thesis on the history of food security in China. In her free time, Calli enjoys running, learning to make bread, practicing foreign languages, and beating her friends at the board game Settlers of Catan. Calli received a BA from Occidental College in 2016, where she studied Diplomacy and World Affairs and Chinese Studies.