Brian Trelstad, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton and Partner at Bridges Ventures, will speak about "Impact Investing." JC de Swaan, Princeton University and Partner at Cornwell Capital, will facilitate the discussion.
Since 2012, Brian has been a partner at Bridges Ventures, a global asset manager specializing in sustainable and impact investing. Prior to Bridges, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, where he oversaw $75M of investments into companies that were delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services to economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As CIO, he was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build out the network of country operations that worked closely with the entrepreneurs. Brian was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of impact management software tool, Pulse, and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and was involved in a range of non-profit and for-profit start ups. Brian has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an MA in City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Brian was the first impact investor to go through the Kauffman Fellows Program of the Center for Venture Education, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
JC de Swaan is a lecturer in the economics department at Princeton University. He teaches courses on ethics in finance and on Asian capital markets. He also teaches at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Separately, JC de Swaan is a Partner at Cornwall Capital, a multi-strategy global investment fund based in New York.