Yale School of Management

Recent Student Club Speakers: Urban Planning, Hedge Funds, Infrastructure

Every week, accomplished alumni and other leaders visit Edward P. Evans Hall at the invitation of student clubs, sharing career advice and insights into their industries. Here are a few of the speakers who visited the school during the weeks of February 27.

Monday, February 27

The Real Estate Club presented “Building Great Cities: Perspectives from an Urban Planner,” a discussion featuring Alexander Garvin, whose projects have included the Atlanta BeltLine as well as initiatives to rebuild lower Manhattan following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Garvin also discussed real estate tax policy. An adjunct professor at Yale, he is also the president and CEO of the New York City planning and design firm AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., and the author of What Makes a Great City.

EuroSOM hosted Joao Rodrigues, a senior member of the Legal Service of the European Parliament and a visiting EU Fellow in the Yale Program in European Union Studies. Working in the areas of energy, telecommunications, the environment, public health, and food safety, Rodrigues provides legal advice during the legislative decision-making process and also defends legislation adopted by European Parliament in the EU courts.

Tuesday, February 28

Dirt Capital Partners, which invests in farmland in the Northeast to promote sustainable farming, visited Yale SOM as a guest of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Conservation Finance student interest group; FES’ Coalition on Agriculture, Food, and the Environment student interest group; and Yale SOM’s Business and the Environment Club.

The International Center for Finance sponsored a forum with Robert Pohly YC ’94, founder and portfolio manager of Samlyn Capital, during which Pohly responded to student questions. The event was hosted by the Investment Management Club.

Diego Gomez Pickering, Mexican consul general in New York, spoke as a guest of the Latino Leadership Association and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Wednesday, March 1

Senior Associate Dean David Bach moderated a discussion titled “Bridging the Infrastructure Gap: Lessons from Latin America and Africa” with Isabel Marques de Sa, chief investment officer for public-private partnerships at the International Finance Corporation. The discussion was organized and hosted by the Energy Club, Economic Development Club, Latino Leadership Association, and Africa Business & Society Club. Marques de Sa presented her main takeaways from restructuring public-private partnership projects in infrastructure in Brazil, Panama, Haiti, Honduras, Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana, Tanzania, Maurtania, Angola, Liberia, and othe countries. Her talk focused on energy, water, airports, and special economic zones.

The Entrepreneurship Club hosted a workshop on management in the life sciences sector with Baiju Shah, CEO of Biomotiv.

Patti Smith of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University joined a panel of SOM students in a discussion of what it means to be civically engaged. The event was hosted by Women in Management and the Business and Politics Club.

Students partipating in the Global Social Enterprise program spoke to the Social Impact Lab about their experiences consulting for social enterprises across India.