Can the Circular Economy Unite ESG and Impact Investing?

Room 802


kate daly

Executive Director,

Center for the Circular Economy,
Closed Loop Partners

Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center is a hub for business acceleration, investment, and research in packaging, food, the built environment, electronics and apparel & textiles. Kate previously served as Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw industry-facing initiatives in sectors including advanced manufacturing, smart cities, cleantech, fashion, tech, and media. Prior to NYCEDC Kateserved as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Kate holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Humaira Faiz

Vice President,

Global Sustainable Finance Group, Morgan Stanley

Humaira Faiz is a Vice President in the Global Sustainable Finance group at Morgan Stanley, responsible for delivering sustainable investing products and solutions to the firm's institutional and individual clients across the Wealth Management, Investment Management and Institutional Securities divisions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Humaira worked to develop impact investing strategies and deploy investment capital for philanthropists at Arabella Advisors. Humaira started her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Alternative Investments group. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Finance from Rutgers University and an M.B.A from NYU Stern School of Business. 


Stephen R. Freedman, PhD, CFA, FRM

Adjunct Assistant Professor,

NYU Wagner

Stephen is a passionate Sustainable and Impact Investing professional. He has had a 20-year career in Wealth Management both in the US and in Switzerland and was most recently head of Sustainable Investing Solutions at UBS Wealth Management Americas, with responsibilities for strategically developing and growing the sustainable and impact investing platform. Stephen teaches Environmental Finance at the NYU’s Wagner school and is the founder and co-chair of the Columbia University seminar on Sustainable Finance. He is a past member of the Board of USSIF: the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and also served on the Board of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, Americas, a non-profit focused on climate change investing education, from 2016 to 2018. 


Scott Taitel

Clinical Professor, Director of Social Impact, Innovation & Investment

NYU Wagner

Scott Taitel is Clinical Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Impact, Innovation & Investment at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He received the Professor of the Year Award at Wagner’s 2017 convocation. He teaches numerous courses including Managing Financial and Social Returns of Social Enterprises, Social Impact Investment, Corporate Finance & Public Policy, and Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations and leads an interdisciplinary practicum of NYU Wagner and NYU Stern Business students in the development of a student-operated Impact Investment Fund.

Professor Taitel has also created the Social Innovation & Investment Initiative at Wagner which serves as a central hub and incubator in the field of social finance bringing together policymakers, philanthropists, finance professionals, nonprofits and foundations to collaboratively strengthen the growing field.  The Initiative has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

As former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing impact investment funds and the oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises as well as economic development, health and nutrition projects throughout the developing world.

Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Professor Taitel was a managing partner of an international venture capital firm and held numerous senior executive roles in both private and public multinational technology companies.  His earlier career was as an economic development planner with both urban government and community action agencies.