Dr. Stephen Freedman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also head of Sustainable Investing Solutions at UBS Wealth Management Americas. As such he is responsible for developing the firm's platform of ESG and Impact Investing Strategies and broadening the awareness and understanding for such approaches among clients and Financial Advisors. Dr. Freedman joined UBS in 1998 in Zurich, Switzerland and served in a variety or research roles, including economist, public policy analyst and head of asset allocation for the US business. He has been focusing on Sustainable and Impact investing since early 2014. He is on the board of the US chapter of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, a non-profit focused on strengthening investors' understanding of Climate-related risks and opportunities. He is also the founding co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Sustainable Finance. Dr. Freedman studied at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland where he earned Master in Economics and Business as well as his Doctorate in Economics.
This course will provide students a thorough understanding of how key environmental challenges can be addressed through innovative financing and investment strategies. Topics will include an overview of the main financial instruments and the key thematic areas of the growing field of environmental finance. Students will be introduced to instruments, structures and investment approaches to achieving positive environmental outcomes and impact including, but not limited to private market investments, renewables, climate and green bonds, water investments, and conservation finance.