Harvard Business School Club of Japan Sustainability Seminar Series
How does Impact Investing change the world? ~Beyond ESG Investing~
Professor Shawn Cole
Professor, Harvard Business School
Shawn Cole is a professor in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches and conducts research on financial services, social enterprise, and impact investing.
Much of his research examines corporate and household finance in emerging markets, with a focus on insurance, credit, and savings. He has also done extensive work on financial education in the US and emerging markets. His recent research focuses on designing and delivering advice and education over mobile phones, with an emphasis on agricultural and financial management.
At HBS, he has taught FIN1 and FIN2 in the core curriculum, Business at the Base of the Pyramid, and courses on impact investing, as well various executive education courses. He currently teaches the PhD development sequence in the department of Economics.
He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, where he was an NSF and Javits Fellow, and an A.B. in Economics and German Literature from Cornell University. His work on insurance earned the 2015 "Shin Research Excellence Award;" in 2015 he was also named given a “Faculty Pioneer Award” from the Aspen Institute.
Director of Impact Investing & Head of Fundamental Equities Sustainable Investing Research
Quyen Tran is the Director of Impact Investing at BlackRock and Global Head of Sustainable Investing Research for Fundamental Equities. Her research creates BlackRock's core criteria for impact investing across asset classes and best practices in impact measurement. She serves as a strategic consultant for investment teams across equities and fixed income in public and private markets to launch impact strategies. Quyen develops the concepts and leads the authorship of foundational research publications.
Committed to advancing the sustainable investing ecosystem, Quyen partners with academia and industry practitioners. She is a Professor of Impact Investing at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a member of Harvard Business School's Alumni for Impact Initiative. She frequently speaks at industry events, including global forums at Milken Institute, the Global Steering Group, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, and the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit. Quyen has served as Board Advisor for Bentley University's Sustainable Investment Group and served in working groups at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and the Impact Management Project (IMP).She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College where she was awarded the J.M. Warbeke Prize in Philosophy. She studied philosophy abroad at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In her former role at Cambridge Associates, Quyen advised endowments, foundations, and other non-profit institutions on investment strategy.
GLIN Impact Capital
Founding Partner of GLIN Impact Capital, which invests in growth stage social startups in Japan and the US. While studying at Harvard Business School, he served as the President of the Impact Investment Club and worked for the Acumen Fund, a pioneer in impact investing. HBS MBA class of 2020.