Ravi Kurani

First Name
Ravi
Last Name
Kurani
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Job Title
Co-Founder, ImpactSpace
City, State, ZIP
San Francisco, CA
Ravi is a budding entrepreneur with a background in sustainable business and supply chain management. Ravi launched a due diligence and investment campaign for the BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid) communities in India, while working with First Light Ventures Fund and Village Capital. First Light Ventures and Village Capital democratize entrepreneurship through peer support networks.  Ravi founded ImpactSpace.org, which is a database of social enterprise companies, financial organizations, and people.
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Expertise

Specialties: Fluent in spoken Gujarati and Hindi, Fluent in spoken and written Spanish, Advanced skills with MS Office, SolidWorks, MatLab and some PSpice, Managerial Economics, International OB, Financial Accounting, Business Statistics, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, Operations Management, Statics, Dynamics, Engineering Circuit Analysis, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Linear Systems and Controls, Heat Transfer, Machine Design, Transport Phenomena

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Adjunct Faculty

Amit Sharma

First Name
Amit
Last Name
Sharma
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Job Title
Co-Founder, Empowerment Capital
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Expertise

Mr. Sharma is currently engaged in several global initiatives that bring together his efforts in markets, comprehensive risk management and international development.  He is leading the formulation of a new investment vehicle, Empowerment Capital, focused on income generative scalable enterprise for the global poor—leveraging the power of institutional capital to support market-viable poverty alleviative commercial solutions.  

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Separately, he is assisting in the development of an inter-disciplinary network of experts that delivers shared solutions to multi-faceted global risk challenges to private, public, non-profit and development institutions.  The Risk Assistance Network and Exchange, or RANE, is a for-profit enterprise operating in the broad public interest.

Previously, Mr. Sharma served as the Deputy Director and Head of Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), a Washington DC-based advisory firm led by former Deputy National Security Advisor, Juan Zarate.  In this role, he coordinated teams of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals, to assist sovereign and private sector clients in the areas of stolen asset investigations, recovery and repatriation activities, international legal intervention, anti-corruption, transparent management of sovereign assets, strengthening of financial regulatory and enforcement capabilities, and engagement with foreign governments and financial markets participants. 

Prior to joining CGS, Mr. Sharma worked as the Chief of Staff for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. the American investment banking and brokerage unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and as Head of Project Management for the firm’s International Business Unit.  In this capacity, he assisted in the growth of the U.S. branch’s primary/corporate finance and secondary sales and trading operations, as well as growing product capability with its sister institutional bank, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.

Before heading to New York, Mr. Sharma worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Robert Kimmitt and advisor to the Senior Treasury team, led by Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson.  He worked closely across the Government’s interagency and with foreign Finance Ministry and Central Bank officials, to advance U.S. economic policies, including: financial sector regulation (and reform), tax policy, combating illicit finance, economic sanctions, and international investment policy and security.  He also helped coordinate the daily work-flow and operations across the Department’s core offices of Domestic Finance, International Affairs and Financial Enforcement, and its multiple bureaus.

Before joining the senior team at Treasury, Mr. Sharma was a senior advisor in the Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he focused his efforts on issues related to illicit finance, and the use of economic and financial tools to combat national security threats.  His portfolio included the development and expansion of international anti-money laundering / counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regimes and the application of targeted financial and economic sanctions.  He served as a financial expert to international fora dedicated to these issues, and traveled extensively to areas in South, Central and East Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia to engage senior government and private sector officials.

In addition to these opportunities, Mr. Sharma has held various consulting roles including for boutique financial services companies, domestic non-profit organizations and international development firms focusing on sustainable development in emerging market economies.  He teaches regularly on issues related to security policy, counter-terrorism finance, risk, and the activities of commercial enterprise and financial markets in a changing international economic and security environment.  Mr. Sharma was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, where he met his wife, Thayer Tomlinson, a fellow volunteer, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 

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Adjunct Faculty

Ian Fisk

First Name
Ian
Last Name
Fisk
Ian Fisk, Executive Director, The William James Foundation
Job Title
Executive Director, The William James Foundation

Courses: Designing an Innovative Business Model

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Ian is the executive director of the William James Foundation. He earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. He is the founder and head of ITF Consulting, a professional services consulting firm. He is the former co-chair of DC's Professional Net Impact Chapter and the secretary of the Washington Area Business Alliance for Sustainability. He has extensive experience in the non-profit, for-profit, political campaign, and government sectors.

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He has started or co-founded a number of non-profit and for-profit organizations, including a magazine, a citywide service day, a monthly salon, and a citywide tool loaning library.  He has serves or as has served on the boards of the Youth National Organization for Tomorrow, Community Action International Alliance, College Bound, The I Do Foundation, and The Gateway Community Development Corporation.

Paul Breloff

First Name
Paul
Last Name
Breloff
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Job Title
Founder and Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab

Courses: Diligence Process and Decision in Impact Investment

Expertise

Paul Breloff founded and manages Venture Lab, an accion-sponsored seed stage investment initiative focused on the world’s most innovative financial inclusion startups.

He conceived, built and lead all facets of global seed investment and portfolio management activities for Venture Lab, having sourced, analyzed and negotiated investments in India, Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the U.S. Has has also secured funding partnerships from Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, and CGAP, and advisory relationships with a range of other leaders in the financial inclusion space.

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Adjunct Faculty

Yuwei Shi

First Name
Yuwei
Last Name
Shi
yuwei_shi
Job Title
Dean, Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Courses: Designing an Innovative Business Model

Expertise

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.

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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.

Faculty Type
Regular Faculty

Simon Desjardins

First Name
Simon
Last Name
Desjardins
desjardins
Job Title
Program Manager, Shell Foundation
Phone
831.647.4155
Language(s)
Español
Français

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.

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Expertise

Simon runs Shell Foundation’s Access to Energy Program, which has the goal of helping to provide access to modern energy services for the poor. Before joining the Shell Foundation in 2008 Simon worked globally in a broad range of business and development roles, with experience in start-ups, multinationals and NGOs.

Course List

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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, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Summer 2014 - MIIS

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IMGT 8605 - ScalingHigh-ImpactSoclEnterprs      

Summer 2012 - MIIS

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IPMG 9605 - ScalingHigh-ImpactSoclEnterprs      

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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Recent Accomplishments

  • 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.

Previous Work

I have held positions at Shell, High Street Media, UNDP, Hewlett-Packard and Scotia Capital.

Education

  • 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

Bibliography

  • 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)
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Adjunct Faculty
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Ross Baird

First Name
Ross
Last Name
Baird
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Job Title
Executive Director, Village Capital

Courses: Introduction to Social Enterprise and Impact Investing and Scouting and Developing a Winning Social Venture

Expertise

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.

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Ross 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.

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Adjunct Faculty