Quyen Tran is the Director of Impact Investing at BlackRock and Head of Fundamental Equities Sustainable Investing Research. Her research creates BlackRock’s core criteria for impact investing across asset classes and best practices in impact measurement. She works with investment teams across public and private markets to create impact strategies across asset classes. Quyen develops the concepts and leads the authorship of foundational publications, making the case for impact in public equities, the case for outperformance, and the role of impact investing in an asset allocation strategy.
Committed to advancing the sustainable investing ecosystem, Quyen partners with academia and industry practitioners. She has been appointed Professor of the Practice of Impact Investing at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni for Impact Initiative, and is a Board Advisor for Bentley University’s Sustainable Investment Group. Quyen has served on working groups at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Impact Management Project (IMP) and is a frequent speaker at industry events, including global forums at Milken Institute, the Global Steering Group, and the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.
Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College where she was awarded the J.M. Warbeke Prize in Philosophy. She studied philosophy abroad at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In her former role at Cambridge Associates, Quyen served as a senior investment consultant advising endowments, foundations, and other non-profit institutions on investment strategy. On a volunteer basis, Quyen taught English as a classroom teacher in Vietnam and worked for the advancement of grade-school children in the US.
Emily Healy leads the Finance Initiative at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to catalyze finance at scale for a circular economy. As part of this work, she is a member of the Expert Working Group advising EFRAG’s PTF-ESRS on the European Sustainability Reporting Standards, and a member of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance working on the EU Taxonomy.
Emily has led and co-authored thought leadership reports on the intersection between circular economy and finance, risk, and artificial intelligence, and was involved in the co-development of the Foundation’s measurement tool, Circulytics. Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily worked in financial consulting and international tax. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters degree in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.
Sumana Manohar is a co-Portfolio Manager of BlackRock’s Circular Economy strategy which was launched in October 2019. The strategy has over US$2 billion in assets under management and invests in global listed equities with positive exposure to the shift towards a more circular economy.
Sumana joined BlackRock in October 2018 as the head of Thematic Research for Fundamental Active Equities. Previously she worked at Goldman Sachs for ten years, primarily in the Thematic Research team. Her role involved covering global investment themes such as demographics, tech disruption, consumer behaviour and resource scarcity as well as identifying stock opportunities with relevant exposure. Sumana earned an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, India in 2008.