Sustainable, Impact, ESG, Responsible Investing. Strong words. Alternative investment managers and institutional investors face an increasingly complex and interconnected world amidst a global pandemic, a historic racial equity movement and challenges with climate change. During these unprecedented times, investors must think more deeply about how they invest, seek returns, and manage risk while staying true to their values.
This program discusses the unique trends, like the rise in “S” (i.e., Social) in ESG, taking place in the sustainable investing world along with providing a future outlook under the Biden administration. Two prominent institutional investors will share their insights on what impacts their decision-making processes as they allocate to alternative investment managers and what their managers are doing to serve the needs of a rapidly changing global marketplace.
Participants must register by February 10th to receive details on joining the discussion.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Director of Responsible Investing, Trinity Church Wall Street
Bhakti Mirchandani (MBA ’05) is Director of Responsible Investing at Trinity Church Wall Street, a thriving Episcopal congregation in Lower Manhattan. Previously, Bhakti was Managing Director at FCLTGlobal, ESG Advisor to Corbin Capital, an investment management strategist at One William Street Capital Management and Lehman Brothers, and a sustainable finance banker at Barclays Capital and Unitus Capital. She also spent 10 years pioneering microinsurance, microfinance CLOs, and micropensions. Bhakti teaches an impact finance class that she developed from scratch in Columbia’s Masters in Sustainability Management Program, contributes monthly sustainable investing articles to Forbes.com, serves on the Board of Commissioners for the New York State Insurance Fund, and is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work has been featured in the NYTimes, the Financial Times, Institutional Investor, CNBC and at the G-20 and Davos. She holds a BA, MBA, and MPA from Harvard. Most importantly, she is the proud mom of a spirited 2.5-year-old.
Bhakti’s monthly sustainable and impact investing column can be found at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bhaktimirchandani/?sh=78a523c5566d
Managing Director, StepStone
Ms. Vyas is a member of the responsible investing team at StepStone, with a focus on impact investing.
Prior to StepStone, Ms. Vyas was a managing director at East Rock Capital, a multi-family office, and focused on private equity co-investing. Before that, Ms. Vyas was a vice president on the private equity and co-investment teams at Goldman Sachs Investment Management and Siguler Guff, covering a wide range of strategies, including impact investing, energy and infrastructure, emerging markets private equity, distressed and traditional buyouts. Ms. Vyas also spent time as a portfolio manager at the Acumen Fund, an impact investment manager, focused on emerging market water and sanitation issues, and was a founder of Velocitas Partners, a responsible investing advisory firm.
Ms. Vyas received an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BSE from Duke University.
Hemali Dassani (MBA ’99) is an experienced fundraiser and investor relations professional within the alternative investments space and is currently a placement agent and consultant to multiple Private Equity funds. Hemali was previously Director of Investor Relations for Argand Partners and Castle Harlan, middle market private equity funds. Hemali was also a Managing Director with Old City Investment Partners, a multi-family office dedicated to finding high quality investments for the firm’s clientele of family office investors. Ms. Dassani has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. She was President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and currently sits on the Board of the Club and Chair’s its racial equity task force. Previously she sat on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association and the Steering Committee for the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association.
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