Executive Director, Village Capital
Courses: Introduction to Social Enterprise and Impact Investing and Scouting and Developing a Winning Social Venture
Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India; the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation.
Ros has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.
Business Manager - Shell Foundation
1. What is it that you are most passionate about?
I’m passionate about catalyzing innovations to bring access to modern energy services to underserved populations around the world.
2. What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?
I love the curiosity and energy that MIIS students bring to class. It’s very rewarding to share our approach and work to a group of students who are interested in getting involved in the social enterprise sector.
Simon is responsible for the Excelerate Programme at the Shell Foundation, which has the goal of helping to provide access to modern energy services for the poor. Before joining the Shell Group in 2006 as a business analyst for Shell Chemicals, Simon worked globally in a broad range of business and development roles, with experience in start-ups, multinationals and NGOs. Simon joined the Foundation in March 2008.
- Helped catalyse the growth of the world’s leading pro-poor energy enterprises in India and Africa (Husk Power, M-Kopa, d.light).
- Co-created a leading SME debt provider in India, IntelleGrow, which provides customized loans to small and growing businesses in the energy and infrastructure sector.
I have held positions at Shell, High Street Media, UNDP, Hewlett-Packard and Scotia Capital.
- Accelerated Development Programme, London Business School, UK, 2011-2012
- Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Co-op Program Option Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, 2000 – 2004
- Desjardins, Simon. "The Need for a Smarter Funding Ecosystem," Innovations, MIT Press, Sep 2011
- Desjardins, Simon. "Electrifying Bihar: the role of philanthropy and social investment," Alliance Magazine, June 2011
- Ramsoomair, Franklin and Desjardins, Simon. “Technow – A Study of a High Tech Company,” Proceedings of the CTMS Conference, Reno, Nevada, September 2005 (Presented and Published)
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FMSC 8605 - ScalingHigh-ImpactSoclEnterprs
This course will focus on key challenges and methods in scaling a social enterprise from seed stage to growth —from a funder’s perspective. The course will address blended capital (public/private/grant), venture assistance, corporate partnerships, hiring and team-building strategies, partner selection methods, and will draw from case studies of leading emerging market enterprises, including M-Kopa, Husk Power Systems, d.light design, IntelleGrow, and GroFin.
Spring 2013 - MIIS, Summer 2013 - MIIS
IMGT 8605 - ScalingHigh-ImpactSoclEnterprs
Summer 2012 - MIIS
IPMG 9605 - ScalingHigh-ImpactSoclEnterprs
Spring 2013 - MIIS
Dean, Graduate School of International Policy and Management
Courses: Designing an Innovative Business Model
Dr. Yuwei Shi is Dean and Professor of Strategic Management His research focuses on competitive strategy, high-tech venture and business model development and evaluation. He has published over three dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and a number of books and chapters. Dr. Shi has taught MBA and doctoral programs in nearly a dozen universities across the globe, in addition to having won the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Monterey Institute in 2008, and the Allen Griffith Teaching Award in 2009.
Dr. Shi is Board Director of Scholarly Exchange, a web services company based in Brookline, MA. He is Advising Partner at Indachin, an investment advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, London, Geneva, and Silicon Valley in California.
Dr. Shi earned his Bachelor of Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Master of Comparative Law from the Dedmen School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and Ph.D. in Organization, Strategy and International Management from University of Texas at Dallas. He speaks Mandarin and English.
Founder and Managing Directer, Invested Development
Courses: Due Diligence Process and Decisions in Impact Investment
Miguel is the Founder and Managing Director of Invested Development which launched in July 2009. Before founding Invested Development, he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia.
Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2009 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance. In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China.
He holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
COO, The Calvert Foundation
Courses: Managing Social Enterprise Operations in Emerging Markets
David Kyle was named in December 2011 to the newly-established position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for loan origination, sales, human resources, systems, and customer service. David comes to Calvert Foundation with a long and well-traveled history of success in helping organizations get to the next stage of growth.
Prior to joining our team, David lived in Hyderabad, India where he founded the Indian School Finance Company (ISFC), a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. The ISFC is the most recent in a string of start-ups David has led over the past 20 years starting with a full service commercial bank in Portugal, and moving on to building Citibank’s first intranet systems, establishing Save the Children in Brazil, and serving as COO and CIO of Acumen Fund, where he was responsible for building out the firm’s local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan, and New York.