IEN Webinar: Investing Sustainably in a Time of Change

Thursday, October 29th, 11 am ET

The world is experiencing seismic shifts in its interconnectedness. Climate change is affecting ecosystems, populations and infrastructure. Social issues around equity, diversity, and inclusion; treatment of workers; and community engagement dominate our collective conscience. Issues including racial equity and inclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic, and ongoing geopolitical instability demand our focused action. Meanwhile, technology, business models, and regulations are evolving, and the very concept of shareholder primacy is being challenged.

With so much at stake, corporate stakeholders of all types – investors, customers, regulators, employees, the communities in which the businesses reside and operate – are informed and ready to act. The question is, “how?” How can responsible businesses and investors entities rise to the demands of our time, hone their competitive edge, and position themselves for continued success in an unpredictable future?

This webinar offers a chance to learn about how that TIFF Investment Management (TIFF) and World Education Services (WES) have begun to answer this question: through mission-aligned investing. TIFF is an outsourced CIO firm that has been managing money exclusively for non-profit institutions since 1991. WES is a social enterprise and a unique institution in the global education ecosystem, founded in 1974. WES’s mission is to advance the global mobility and integration of people into academic and professional settings by evaluating and advocating for the recognition of international educational qualifications and enabling individuals to fully utilize their education. 



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Participant bios:

Esther T. Benjamin – CEO, World Education Services

Esther Benjamin has been a global executive in the public, private, and civil society sectors for over 25 years and has led programs in over 100 countries worldwide. She is currently CEO and Executive Director of World Education Services. Previously, she was with Laureate Education, as CEO for Africa Operations. She was also integrally involved in Laureate becoming the largest certified B Corp in the world, and the first Public Benefit Corporation to IPO on any stock exchange globally. She served in the Administration of President Obama. Esther holds master’s degrees from American University in International Affairs and Applied Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from North Central College.


Chris Matteini, FSA  Sustainability & Equity-Oriented Assets, TIFF Investment Management

Chris Matteini performs investment research and selects and monitors external investment managers, focusing on marketable equity-oriented assets across TIFF’s comprehensive portfolios. Previously, Mr. Matteini conducted manager-related research and portfolio construction at the investment consulting firm NEPC and served as a senior alternatives investment analyst at Alcatel-Lucent’s pension fund.  An FSA credential-holder, he holds an AB in psychology from Harvard College and an MBA in Sustainability from Antioch University New England.


Kevin O’Connell, CFA  Outreach Director, TIFF Investment Management

Kevin O’Connell focuses on outreach to existing and interested member organizations, communicating TIFF’s strategies, portfolio characteristics, investment approach, and policies. Before joining TIFF, Mr. O’Connell was a vice president in the Private Wealth Management group at Goldman Sachs and previously served in outreach roles at BNY Mellon Investment Management and Westfield Capital Management. He holds a BA in art history from Boston College, holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and is a CFA charter holder. Mr. O’Connell served as President of the Alumni Council of The Roxbury Latin School and is a member of the Weston Soccer Club Board of Directors.

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