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Soh Young is the Research Director in Sustainable Finance at Global Projects Center (GPC) and the Financial Innovation Lead at the Precourt Institute for Energy’s Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) at Stanford University. 

Her research focuses on reengineering the financial system toward a sustainable low-carbon economy. In particular, she studies how companies and investment firms should explicitly and systematically integrate sustainability issues in their decision-making processes without compromising social and environmental issues in order to achieve financial results.

Her main research agenda includes:

  • Risk and return opportunities of ESG investing;  

  • Application of advanced data analytics to environmental and climate risks; and

  • New roles, functions and instruments of financial intermediation.

Her research has supported investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers to drive positive social and environmental impact alongside financial results. She leverages an interdisciplinary approach that combines finance, economics, policy, and engineering aspects of sustainability, so as to effectively address the pressing, complex global problem of climate change.

Soh Young won research awards from the United Nation Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award by the US Department of Energy (US DOE). Her project on an innovative clean energy investment platform design received grants from the US DOE, Google, the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Bank of America, Bank of Korea, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her work has also received extensive media coverage such as Stanford Engineering Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Indexology by S&P Dow Jones and Sustainable Insight Capital Management.

Soh Young completed her PhD in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, MA in International Policy Studies at Stanford, concentrating in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, and BA in Economics and Statistics from Columbia University.

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