Monica Touesnard is the associate director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, launching, and championing new programmatic enhancements for the center as well as managing and cultivating existing ones such as the BoP Learning Lab Global Network and the BoP Narrative Competition. She has over 9 years experience working on BoP initiatives in leading business schools and oversaw the growth of the BoP Learning Lab Global Network to include partners from Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Touesnard is a frequent speaker on BoP enterprise development at professional workshops, seminars, and conferences.
As associate director, she fosters and maintains collaborative relationships domestically and internationally with companies, non-profits, alumni, entrepreneurs, executives, academic institutions, and others. In addition, Touesnard advises current and prospective Cornell students interested in sustainable global enterprise. She manages projects with various organizations, including companies and NGOs, focused on BoP enterprise development.
Recently, Touesnard co-authored a report with Stuart Hart entitled, "Back to the Future: Integrating Sustainability into Credit Union Strategy." The report provides a sustainability framework that offers credit unions the opportunity to use their unique historical and organizational characteristics to offer a set of products and services that differentiate them from banks and other financial services providers.
Prior to her current position, Touesnard was the founding executive director for the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School where she helped establish and manage what has become a leading, internationally recognized program for business and sustainability. Under her leadership numerous programs and initiatives were launched including the first BoP Learning Lab.
Touesnard has additional experience in project management, teaching, and consulting work both locally and internationally. She earned her MBA from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School with focus on Sustainable Enterprise and has a BA from McGill University in Canada.