Michele Kahane - Professor of Professional Practice
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    Michele Kahane

    Professor of Professional Practice

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    Michele Kahane has more than 20 years of experience in the global business, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors. She is a professor of professional practice at Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement. At The New School she teaches social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social investment and leads the University’s Social Innovation Initiative. She leads the university’s participation in the Ashoka U Changemaker Consortium. She worked as a banker in emerging markets corporate finance and practiced social investment at the Ford Foundation for a decade. At the Ford Foundation she also led a global initiative focused on solving public problems through cross-sector partnerships focused particularly on poverty alleviation. As a senior executive at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, she worked with companies, social entrepreneurs, and the public sector to forge innovative market-based approaches to global development. She is co-author of the award-winning book Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets (2006), which provides advice to managers on implementing business strategies that improve conditions in poor communities and contribute to core strategic business objectives. Ms. Kahane serves on the board of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, the founding boards of Criterion Institute and Fast Forward Fund, the Ashoka U advisory board, and the knowledge working group of the Social Impact Exchange. Previously, she was on the steering committee of the Institute for Responsible Investment (now at Harvard) and NYC board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.