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Mentorship & Advice

Because the intersection of business and the environment is a relatively new space, there is a lot of room for new ideas to take root.

Mentorship and Advice

CBEY supports students interested in the creation of new nonprofit and commercial organizations, business models, or other innovations that address pressing environmental challenges.

Various CBEY staff are available for office hours or one-on-one coaching sessions about your venture, innovative idea, career path and beyond.  Members of the Yale community can schedule time with one of our fellows, experts, and mentors below.

CBEY Resident Fellows

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CBEY Fellows have an extended presence on campus and work closely with students to accelerate innovative environmental action across campus via office hours, small group discussions and programming. 

Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd

Founder & CEO at Time4Good Group

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Peter Boyd is a Lecturer at Yale School of the Environment and Resident Fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Outside Yale he is Founder & CEO of Time4Good, helping Leaders and their teams build purpose-driven paths to maximum impact. He also serves as an Advisor to REDD.plus and Chair of ‘Sustainable Westport’ in his hometown of Connecticut.

For over twenty years he has worked on, led and advised, high-growth organizations on purpose-driven leadership, strategy, impact maximization, climate change solutions, and entrepreneurial opportunity. He was Launch Director and COO of Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room; served as Chair of The Energy Efficiency Deployment Office for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, and led The B Team’s ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ initiative focused on business encouragement of an ambitious Paris Agreement at COP21. The Charity & Government experience followed twelve years at the Virgin Group (including CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa), and his first job with McKinsey & Co.

He is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland; educated at the University of Oxford, and now lives in Westport, CT with his wife and three young children.

To schedule a meeting with Peter, click here.

Namrita Kapur

Namrita Kapur

Lecturer in the Practice at Yale School of Management
Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 1997
Master of Environmental Management 1997

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Namrita Kapur is a Lecturer in the Practice at Yale School of Management and a Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Namrita combines a unique mix of traditional finance skills from her time in investment banking with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact assessment experience as a senior leader in the nonprofit space. Currently, she is an Adjunct Lecturer & Fellow at the Yale School of Management; advises the National Geographic Society on its philanthropic impact investing strategy; and, consults to several philanthropists, including founders of one of the oldest venture capital firms and of a Fortune 500 company.

Namrita began her capital markets focus by launching and leading the alternative energy franchise at the investment bank Adams, Harkness & Hill, now Canaccord Genuity. She is best recognized for being second-in-command in developing the products and platform of Root Capital – an early leader of the impact investing space. As former Managing Director at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), she built and led EDF’s Sustainable Finance strategy.

In her entrée to philanthropy, Namrita developed and implemented Eileen Rockefeller Family Foundation’s approach to organizational development. This involved establishing a partnership with the Ford Foundation’s $1 billion BUILD program and working closely with grantees to develop 3-year business plans and organizational strengthening strategies.  In parallel, she helped convene and coordinate $75 million of annual global grant-making across 40+ funders worldwide to transition to a clean energy future.

Namrita is an angel investor in the Portfolia fund of funds, which focuses on educating and activating female angel investors.  She is also a member of Pipeline Angels, since graduating from their angel investing boot camp. She serves on the Boards of Environmental League of Massachusetts, Center for Business & Environment at Yale, IE-Brown Executive MBA Program, and the Museum of Science. She holds an MBA and a MA of Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton. As a mother of two strong girls, she enjoys imbuing them with her love of foreign languages and is teaching them Hindi and Spanish.

To schedule a meeting with Namrita, send her an email.

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Jen Molnar

Managing Director & Lead Scientist, Center for Sustainability Science at The Nature Conservancy
Master of Environmental Management 2004

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Jen Molnar is Lead Scientist at The Nature Conservancy and managing director of TNC’s new Center for Sustainability Science.  The Center seeks to scale up action and outcomes for both the environment and the economy by translating the value of nature into actionable, science-based solutions for the private and public sectors.

Jen has more than 15 years of experience using science to improve decision-making.  She is the science lead for the TNC-Dow Chemical Company collaboration, which led to Dow’s ground-breaking Valuing Nature Goal – a commitment to consider nature in all of their projects, aiming to generate $1B in economic value by 2025. She has led interdisciplinary global research teams, most recently as TNC’s Director of Science.  She is editor and a lead author of The Atlas of Global Conservation (UC Press, 2010).  Jen received a master’s degree from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, d serves as a board member of the Alumni Association. She has a B.S. in environmental engineering from Harvard, and previous private sector experience in hydrology and remediation.

To schedule a meeting with Jen, send her an email.

Vincent Stanley

Vincent Stanley

Director of Philosophy at Patagonia

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Vincent Stanley is Director of Philosophy at Patagonia.

At Yale, Vincent recently served as a CBEY Fellow where he advises countless students on entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainable practices and beyond.  Since spring of 2015 he has been advising the CBEY 2050 Fellows, a small cross-disciplinary group that discusses issues around sustainability, business and how we can better integrate the two and achieve a more resilient society

Co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, Vincent has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller. Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He currently serves as the company’s Director, Patagonia Philosophy. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He and his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, live in Santa Barbara.

To schedule a meeting with Vincent, click here.

Martin Wainstein

Martin Wainstein

Founder, Lead Scientist at Yale Openlab
Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

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Martin Wainstein is a resident fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, where he leads the research efforts behind the Yale Open Innovation Lab. Martin held appointments at the Yale Department of Electrical Engineering, the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, and is a research affiliate at the Digital Currency Initiative of the MIT Media Lab. He is the founder of the Open Earth Foundation, a research and deployment non-profit focusing on digital innovations and open collaborations around planetary-scale projects such as Open Climate. He is the chair of the Hyperledger Climate Action and Accounting SIG at the Linux Foundation, and actively advises deep tech startups such as the Spatial Web, Verses, and Raise Green. 

Martin did his Ph.D. on systems thinking at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College in the University of Melbourne, where he focused on the global transformation of the 'Energy Business System,’ tackling both a corporate legal analysis of carbon majors as well as the design of disruptive business models for smart grids. He holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Southern California where he focused on Geo and Astrobiology. Thinking holistically about big picture planetary sustainability and translating this into innovative entrepreneurial action is a defining feature of his work.

If he is not thinking about the planet, new social startups, and the evolution of humankind, he is probably on top of a surfboard, snowboard, kitesurf, or wakeboard. He likes to communicate his ideas through graphic design and visual art.  Learn more at openlab.yale.edu or martinwainstein.com 

To schedule a meeting or student booking with Martin click here.

Alumni Visiting Experts

Visiting Experts

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Since its launch in the spring of 2018, the Yale Center for Business and Environment has connected over 200 students to Yale alumni through our Alumni Visiting Expert series. The series seeks to sponsor alumni back to campus as a resource for students. Every year, a cohort of professionals across different industries devote time to meet with students and discuss anything from industry trends, career advice and offer coursework support. Each Expert meets with students throughout the year and when possible, joins us for events on campus. 

 

To learn more about our 2019-2020 experts, click here

Mentor Network

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Applicants to the Climate Change Innovation Grant, Sobotka Seed Stage Grant, and Sabin Prize can be connected to mentors from the CBEY and Tsai CITY mentorship network to provide guidance on their business challenges.

To learn more about mentorship opportunities for entrepreneurs, contact Ben Soltoff (you can also schedule time with him here). You can also reach out directly to any of the mentors and advisors at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale.

Ben Soltoff

Environmental Innovation Manager at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY); Environmental Innovation Fellow at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY)
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

Want to learn more or get involved? Contact us!

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011
BA 1999

Heather Fitzgerald

Associate Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment