Scott Taitel
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service

NYU | Wagner Faculty 295 Lafayette Street New York NY 10012 USA

Scott Taitel is Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Finance at NYU Wagner.  

As the former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton  Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing Impact Investment funds and the creation and oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises throughout the developing world.  At the Clinton Foundation, he also had responsibility for the financial, operational and project management of economic development, health and nutrition projects in multiple countries.  Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation,  Professor Taitel was a Managing Partner of Waypoint Investments, a venture capital firm, where he developed an international investment portfolio and served in interim management roles in portfolio companies.  His prior experience also includes roles as Chief Operating Officer for TASKING B.V., a Netherlands based software company with operations in six countries; CFO and Vice President of Active Control eXperts, an Inc. 500 OEM manufacturer of piezoelectric motion control devices and as Vice President of Intermetrics Microsystems Software, Inc. a software developer with operations in the US, Europe and Asia.  His earlier career was as an economic development planner with both City and Community Action Agencies.

Professor Taitel has a Bachelor's degree in Policy Studies from Syracuse University and an MBA from Northeastern University where he taught various Financial Management courses for 15 years as an adjunct faculty member.

Semester Course
Fall 2015 PADM-GP.2147.001 Corporate Finance and Public Policy

This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 


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Fall 2015 PADM-GP.2242.001 Financial Management for International Organizations

This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an international context. Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and Non-Profit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at international NGOs and Non-Profit organizations' approach to cash flow management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, currency management and strategic financial analysis.


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Fall 2014 PADM-GP.2242.001 Financial Management for International Organizations

This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an international context. Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and Non-Profit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at international NGOs and Non-Profit organizations' approach to cash flow management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, currency management and strategic financial analysis.


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Fall 2013 PADM-GP.2242.001 Financial Management for International Organizations

This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an international context. Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and Non-Profit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at international NGOs and Non-Profit organizations' approach to cash flow management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, currency management and strategic financial analysis.


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Fall 2012 PADM-GP.2242.001 Financial Management for International Organizations

This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an international context. Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and Non-Profit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at international NGOs and Non-Profit organizations' approach to cash flow management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, currency management and strategic financial analysis.


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