About CSP

We’re Driving Positive Change
– In a Big Way

CSP North America is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works in collaboration with the teams at the CSP at the University of Zurich and CSP Singapore.

The story begins in 2015 in Boston at the first Impact Investing for the Next Generation research and training program held at the Harvard Kennedy School. Bold ideas, strong partnerships, and the drive for impact rapidly grew into a university center dedicated to finding the answers to the complex question of how to make sustainable finance the default.

While the Impact Investing for the Next Generation program has been running since then, CSP North America was founded in 2022 to better serve audiences on the continent and self-made wealth holders in particular.

Today, CSP brings together academic research and practical training programs. The global team consists of researchers and program staff committed to transforming the most pressing impact-related questions into knowledge and turning knowledge into action.

Seth Fleisher

Managing Director, CSP North America

Seth Fleisher

For the past nine years, Seth was CEO of Emerging360, an international development consultancy working on solutions to promote women’s entrepreneurship, SME development, and inclusive value chain initiatives in emerging markets. Previously, he was lead strategy and product advisor to IFC and the World Bank where he designed and launched a range of products to deliver access to information, skills, markets, and finance for 30 million entrepreneurs and small businesses in 40+ developing countries and 18 languages. He has led product and content teams for multiple Silicon Valley startups with an impact focus: for example, via digital platforms facilitating cross-border trade between SME suppliers in emerging markets and corporate buyers in North America and Europe.

He is also Co-Founder of Walk the Walk USA, a network of 7,000 progressive donors in 50 states mobilizing capital to power strategic civic engagement and democracy initiatives in historically disenfranchised communities.

Seth did Ph.D. work at Harvard, a Fulbright in Sri Lanka, and a B.A. at Swarthmore College. He’s based in Berkeley, California and is excited to be developing new avenues for extending CSP’s reach and deepening community engagement in the Americas, and ultimately growing CSP’s impact globally.

Erin Duddy

Director of Programming & Engagement

Erin Duddy

Erin Duddy is the Founder and Director of Programming and Engagement at CSP North America, the non-profit entity that is expanding the work of The Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at the University of Zurich. In her time at CSP, Erin has spearheaded a number of projects, including developing ACCELERATE: The Impact Investing Program for Entrepreneurs, as well as publishing applied research on integrating impact into family offices, and the role of international environmental goals in private banks. Prior to CSP, Erin drove sustainability initiatives in businesses, like Zurich Insurance and The Marriott, and within communities. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Development from the University of Basel and a Bachelor’s in Parks and Wildlife Management from the University of Queensland.

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Kirsten Andersen, PhD

Lead Researcher

Kirsten Andersen, PhD

Kirsten’s past research in impact investing spans investor perception and judgement, blended finance, catalytic capital, and the role evidence plays in building local impact investing markets. Her current research projects include an examination of various polycapital interventions, impact advisor search, and investment policy statement development.
 
As an economic sociologist specializing in qualitative research methods, she brings academic rigor to impact in practice. Kirsten’s research on American foundation impact investors is published in the Journal of Business Ethics. She collaborated with University of Zurich’s Initiative for Blended Finance and Roots of Impact on studies addressing investor perception of impact-linked finance and the effect of catalytic capital on social enterprises. She has also applied her research expertise to learning roles such as that with the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. Across engagements, Kirsten’s work leverages research to advance organizational strategy. At CSP North America, Kirsten develops relevant research to inform program offerings and advance the field. She has a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Vicki Maler

Program Associate for Training and Community Engagement

Vicki Maler

Vicki Maler serves as the Program Associate for Training and Community Engagement at CSP North America, where she plays a pivotal role in facilitating trainings and fostering alumni engagement.

Prior to joining CSP North America, Vicki honed her expertise in the private wealth sector, where she focused on the recruitment of ultra-high net worth individuals. Residing in San Francisco, she is the Founder of the Moishe House in the Marina neighborhood and has an exceptional talent in community building and her ability to forge meaningful connections. Vicki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship from Babson College.

COLLABORATORS

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Nancy Reid, CTFA

Senior Advisor

Nancy Reid, CTFA

Nancy Reid designs strategies for families to align their investments with what matters most to them by shaping investment policy, trust strategy, and advisor search for impact. Her advisory career began on Wall Street and has since evolved to focus on the intersection of investing and human flourishing, with leadership roles at EnVest, Canopy, and Seattle Impact Investing Group (SIIG).  She is of counsel at Phīla Engaged Giving, where she develops strategies for individuals and families to amplify their philanthropic values through their invested wealth.  From 2013-2020, she launched and chaired the Seattle chapter of TIGER 21, a peer learning network focused on investing, legacy, and family dynamics. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a CTFA (Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor) designation from the American Bankers Association.

At CSP North America, Nancy plays a key role in training program design and facilitation.


CSP NORTH AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Falko Paetzold, Chair

Dr. Falko Paetzold, Chair

Dr. Falko Paetzold founded and leads the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at University of Zurich as a spin-off from the Next Gen Impact Investing program that he co-initiated at Harvard University in 2015. He holds advisory board seats at Pictet, ZKB, and other finance organisations.

Falko was a Fellow at Harvard, PostDoc at MIT Sloan, Sustainability Analyst at Bank Vontobel, Partner at sustainable investing consultancy Contrast Capital, and assistant professor at EBS University.

Falko holds a PhD from University of Zurich and an MBA from University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.

CSP NORTH AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Falko Paetzold

Initiator & Managing Director, CSP Zurich

Naiana Miranda, Secretary

Having immigrated from Brazil to the United States as a child, Naiana and her family were prey to the issues of racism and financial inequality. Facing and overcoming these challenges motivated her to become a strong advocate for social and economic impact, diversity & inclusion, and reducing wealth inequality. Naiana’s family founded a global language services company specializing in the healthcare and life sciences industries.

Her exposure to this purpose-driven company for the last 20+ years has contributed to her knowledge and passion for entrepreneurism. She co-founded and is a managing partner at MSH Partners where she among others, identifies opportunities to incorporate impact investing in their portfolio. She also advises small, diverseowned companies on directional strategies to scale their businesses through The Center for Innovation, Excellence and Leadership.

Prior to that, Naiana founded Raise the Bar, a leadership development company that helped small businesses leverage their human capital to empower their employees. She holds an MBA from Babson College, is the Family Office Chair for GFC and sits on the Board of the Babson Alumni network.

Naiana is currently bringing together stakeholders and impact investors to address deforestation in the Amazon rainforest as climate action. Please contact Naiana if you would like to participate in this impact effort, join the impact trip she is organizing, or if you have contacts in the local area that you can introduce her to.

Naiana Miranda

Principal – MSH Partners

Faye Walsh Drouillard, Treasurer

Faye Walsh Drouillard is Founder & General Partner of WakeUp Capital, an impact VC fund investing in innovative sustainable and inclusive early-stage B2B technologies.  A former social entrepreneur unwilling to accept the status quo, she backs visionary founders in Ireland and Europe tackling complex social and climate related challenges with significant market opportunity and measurable impact.  Focus areas include sustainable agriculture, circularity, renewable energy systems, health equity and inclusive education and financial services.

 
Following work in a law firm and in politics in California, she led and scaled Freedom Writers Foundation, an education enterprise, through its feature film release “Freedom Writers” by Paramount Pictures starring Hilary Swank.  With a long track record as a consultant, ecosystem builder and investor in numerous start-ups, funds, and organizations in the US and Europe, Faye promotes collaborative no trade-off impact investing and increased diversity in finance and entrepreneurship.
 
Chair of Ireland’s 1st Impact Angel Syndicate; Boards: Magrowtec, The Community Foundation for Ireland and ChangeX. Founder of two collective venture philanthropy groups: The Giving Circles of Amsterdam and Ireland. B.A.: University of Washington; MBA: UCLA Anderson School of Management. Faye, along with her husband and their 3 French-American children, are based in Dublin.

 

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Faye Walsh Drouillard

Founder & General Partner – WakeUp Capital

Jim Chowdry

Jim Chowdry is an Advisor working for his family office and is based in the bay area. Prior to this Jim worked for Toniic, an impact investing network based in the US and Europe and Confluence Philanthropy. Jim has also worked in the ocean conservation space educating the public about issues facing the oceans using immersive technologies like virtual reality and 3D printing to create interactive experiences aimed at creating empathy for the oceans and its inhabitants. He has worked with scientific and academic partners such as the National Geographic, Smithsonian and The World Bank. When he’s not in the city Jim enjoys hiking in the Marin Headlands and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe. He is also an avid scuba diver and you can find him underwater searching for the elusive nudibranch or trying to capture the perfect shot of an acrobatic sea lion.

Jim Chowdry

Advisor – Chowdry Family Office

Raffi Mardirosian

Raffi Mardirosian focuses on climate change mitigation and local community resilience. He is Managing Partner/Co-founder at Izuba Energy, a leading developer of renewable energy projects in Africa. He also founded and leads Cambridge Creative Development, a community-oriented real estate development and impact investing company. He is also VP Strategy at Sublime Systems, a technology startup spun out of MIT to make the world’s first carbon neutral cement. Raffi is an active investor and advisor to technology startups focused on climate change mitigation.

He previously was VP, Business at Ouster (NYSE:OUST), a leading lidar & robotics technology company. Prior to Ouster, Raffi was VP, Business Development at MODO Fuels, focused on production of ultra low carbon fuels (biomass residues to jet fuel, diesel, & gasoline), a Principal at Flagship Ventures (where he focused on launching and investing in companies in climate change mitigation), and President at Midori, a startup with a breakthrough carbohydrate catalysis platform focused on human & animal health. Prior to Midori, Raffi developed renewable power projects in Africa, including the first utility-scale solar PV plant in Africa (excl. South Africa) which comprised 6% of Rwanda’s power & broke the record for fastest African energy project finance deal to reach financial close and interconnect. He formerly was a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., where he specialized in healthcare, national competitiveness, sustainability and resource productivity, and global public health. He has also held roles at BNP Paribas in Latin American project finance and the Reserve Bank of India in central banking policy.

Raffi serves as adviser to a range of organizations including Ashoka, where he works with social entrepreneurs on business model scaling strategy, and Peace First, a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to creating the next generation of peacemakers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of eKutir, a social enterprise using a train-the-trainer model and mobile technology to transform agriculture in India. He previously was curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community in Boston, and spoke at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Raffi holds bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University in Economics and Public Policy, with honors in International Security and Cooperation, and conducted graduate work in International Policy Studies.

Raffi Mardirosian

Co-Founder & Managing Partner – Izuba Energy

Hanson Gong

Hanson Gong is a private impact investor, family office principal and systems change agent. He is the Managing Partner at Oogway Capital, a family office investment vehicle focused on early stage private equity impact investing. The investment thesis focuses on systems change opportunities through private capital deployment in the areas of climate change, equity and inclusion and workforce development. He also heads a private family foundation, which enables him to use a blended finance approach and leverage catalytic capital. He is also Co-Founder & Board Member at BITL where the intersection of art, technology and climate activism meet. Hanson brings 7 years of strategy and operation consulting experience at Deloitte Consulting working at Fortune 500 companies across the value chain from manufacturing, supply chain through retail. He was the inaugural Social Impact Fellow working with The Monitor Institute focusing on systems strategy. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Economics, Entrepreneurship and French and an M.B.A. and Sustainability Certificate from MIT Sloan.

 

Hanson Gong

Managing Partner – Oogway Capital

CSP North America Advisory Council

Garance Choko

Founder/CEO of Coda Societies

Jason Jay, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer and Director, Sustainability Initiative, MIT Sloan

Sean Keegan

Partner, DAS LLC

Daniel Roberts, Esq.

Partner at Youngman Roberts Suen LLP

Karine Sarkissian

Founding Partner at Tamar Capital

Hans Tupper

General Manager, Hansow S.A.

David Wood, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School