2013 Environmental Finance and Impact Investing (EFII) Fellows Named

by Monica Touesnard, Associate Director (3/15/12)

Monica Touesnard, Associate Director

Diverse cohort interests extend across finance + sustainability landscape

The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise is pleased to announce its first cohort of Environmental Finance and Impact Investing (EFII) Fellows candidates.  This is the first program of its kind to be jointly offered by any graduate school of business and graduate program in public affairs. Through a series of courses, coupled with applied projects, EFII Fellows will be trained to invest in, manage, or regulate businesses or projects seeking financial, environmental, and/or social goals.  Fellows will gain experience in a range of topics, including finance and analytics, markets and regulation, science and technology, and economic and political analysis.

“The launch of this program is part of our increasing focus on the critical role finance and investment plays in the sustainable global enterprise space,” said Mark Milstein, director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise.  “The EFII Fellows program will provide the finance and sustainability expertise being sought by industry today.”

The 2013 cohort includes Greg Allen, Anthony Brough, Min Chen, Mandy Chu, and Willy Wang, all MBA ‘13, and Chris Smith, MPA ‘13.  Students were selected after the completion of the fall semester based on their academic standing, experience, and career interests.  Each Fellow candidate is from a different Johnson immersion program, including investment banking (IBI), entrepreneurship and private equity (EPE), capital markets and asset management (CMAM), managerial finance (MFI), and sustainable global enterprise (SGE). This reflects the fact that interest in sustainability spans across all functional areas within Johnson.

The EFII Fellows program was designed with the specific goal of helping prepare students to take roles within organizations that require understanding the complexity of sustainability issues as well as the functional expertise of finance.  The 2013 Fellows cohort has diverse interests ranging from energy and clean tech investments to microfinance and social impact. 

“I intend to take a corporate finance role with an industry leader where I will work on determining the economic viability of energy projects and developing the financing to make these projects a reality,” said EFII Fellows candidate, Greg Allen.  “So I am very excited to be a part of this inaugural program.”

To complement the EFII Fellows program the Center has also launched the Finance + Sustainable Global Enterprise Colloquium.  The class was created to provide students across Cornell the opportunity to hear in-depth presentations in interactive sessions with leaders from the private, public, or non-profit sectors who are on the cutting edge of the finance-sustainability domain. Speakers this term span the domain of environmental finance, impact investing, socially responsible investing, capital budgeting, project financing, and other areas relevant to the sustainable global enterprise space. Speakers include, Taryn Goodman (RSF Social Finance), John Foote (Harvard Kennedy School), Ajay Narayanan (IFC), Bennett Freeman (Calvert Foundation), Brian Trelstad (Acumen Fund), Colin Harris (Sumitomo Mitsui), Angela Mwanza (UBS Financial Services), and Heather Davis (TIAA-CREF). All sessions are open to the public. Additional information about colloquium speakers for the colloquium can be found on our events page.

The 2014 EFII Fellows cohort will be announced January 2013.