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CSB Research Scholars

Several research scholars work with the CSB on research related to sustainability finance, supply chain, marketing, financing mechanisms and the business case for sustainability. 

CSB Research Scholars

Alessandro Alessandro Carlucci, Senior Research Scholar
Alessandro Carlucci is currently Chairman of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Chairman of Arrezo & Co., and Executive in Residence at Columbia University. He worked 25 years for Natura Cosmeticos and during his tenure as CEO from 2005 to 2014, Natura’s net income has grown fourfold, reaching R$ 7 billion, becoming the biggest CFT and Direct Selling company in Brazil. The International business grew with a CAGR of 35%, with the openings of the Mexico and Colombia operations. Among several social and environmental highlights, the company has become "carbon neutral", reduced 33% of relative CO2 emissions between 2007 and 2013, was recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world, and the most admired company in Brazil for 9 years in a role.  He also served as Board Member of Lojas Renner from 2015 to 2017, Member of Itaú/Unibanco Advisory Board from 2013 to 2015, Member of Alcoa Advisory Board (Latin America) from 2012 2014, Board Member of Redecard from 2010 to 2013, and Chairman of World Federation Direct Selling Association (WFDSA) from 2011 to 2014. He has a degree in Business from FGV (Brazil-SP) an Executive MBA from PDG and Executive Programs at Kellogg's, Insead and Wharton. He was born in Brazil, lived three years in Argentina, and since 2015 lives in NYC.
Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas, Senior Research Scholar 
Ms. Douglas is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Assurant, Inc where she is a member of the Audit Committee and chair of the Finance and Risk Committee. She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and The Hertz Corporation until October 1, 2013. Ms. Douglas joined Hertz in July 2006. Prior to her role at Hertz, Ms. Douglas served as Treasurer of Coty Inc. from December 1999 until July 2006 and as an Assistant Treasurer of Nabisco, Inc. from June 1995 until December 1999. She also served in various financial services capacities for 12 years at Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). Ms. Douglas received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University (BS Accounting) and  a graduate degree from NYU Stern School (MBA).  She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a chartered financial analyst and resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.
Kevin EckerleKevin Eckerle Kevin Eckerle, Senior Research Scholar
Kevin Eckerle is the Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, where he draws upon his more than 12 years’ experience working with private and public organizations to develop and implement transformational strategies that leverage sustainability as a driver of value creation. Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability strategist with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), working with corporate, government and non-profit clients to embed sustainability. Prior to his consulting career, Kevin served in the U.S. Senate as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he oversaw several of the nation’s largest scientific agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. He began his career as a biologist, studying the unending variety of ornaments, dances and songs that birds use to dazzle their mates. Kevin is a frequent speaker on sustainability and the circular economy, and is the author or co-author of 10+ publications on the circular economy, engaging consumers to promote sustainable decision-making and grow business value, the economics of coal-generated electricity, the impacts of climate change on global biodiversity, and the ecology of birds. He earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University and MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.

Marianna Koval
Marianna Koval, Senior Research Scholar
An accomplished nonprofit and government leader and consultant, Marianna has more than 25 years of experience in planning, community participation, inter-government agency and public-private collaborations, and innovative fundraising and financing. Marianna is the lead in a CSB project supporting a partnership between DEP and NRDC to develop a new, community-supported, private green infrastructure incentive program for New York City. She spearheaded this partnership while she worked in the de Blasio administration as senior policy advisor and consultant to the commissioner of NYC Environmental Protection (DEP) where she helped to develop green infrastructure policy and partnerships to advance the Mayor's equity agenda in DEP's $2.4 billion stormwater management program. Previously, she was the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for more than a decade, where she assisted in forging the complex political, finanical and community support for the creation of NYC's new iconic park. A resident of Boston, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York, Marianna earned an MPA from Harvard University's Kennedy School in 2013. She also hold a JD from Fordham University Law School and a BA from Princeton University.
Randi Kronthal-Sacco
Randi Kronthal-Sacco
Randi Kronthal-Sacco, Senior Research Scholar
With over 25 years of packaged goods and pharmaceutical experience, Ms. Kronthal-Sacco most recently was the Chief Marketing Officer at Rodan + Fields®. Ms Kronthal-Sacco spent over 18 years as a Senior Executive at Johnson & Johnson®, where she served as Worldwide Vice President on two of the company’s most important franchises, Johnson’s Baby and Women’s Health. Prior to her role at Johnson and Johnson, Ms. Kronthal-Sacco served in various product management capacities for 8 years at Kraft Foods including Director, Desserts Division. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Emory University and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. She also sits on the New Jersey board of the Trust for Public Land, and is an Environmental Commission for the town of West Windsor, NJ. 

Tom Manning
Tom Manning
Tom Manning, Senior Research Scholar
Tom Manning is a Senior Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) of the New York University Stern School of Business, and the Principal of Harbor Road, a consulting practice focused on strategies and investment to create healthy communities. His research at CSB is directed towards financing structures designed to support environmentally beneficial policies and practices. His consulting clients include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), foundations and community organizations. Tom was previously with the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), New York City and State housing finance and development agencies, and WNYC public radio. As a founding staff member of PCDC, Tom established it as a CDFI and designed, capitalized and directed its investment programs, including loans, tax-exempt bonds and tax credit structures. He led PCDC’s service area expansion from a local to a national market and created investment of $500 million in over 100 health-related projects serving 700,000 people. Tom is a mayoral appointee to the NYC Residential Mortgage Insurance Corporation Board of Directors and is a member of the Enterprise Community Loan Fund loan committee. He has a BA in East Asian Studies and an MBA in Finance and Non-Profit Management from Columbia University.
M Pace
Michael Pace
Michael Pace, Senior Research Scholar
Michael Pace is the founder of Connected Jewelry LLC, a luxury marketing consultancy that develops branding programs for the jewelry sector. Michael was previously Interim Managing Director of Marketing of the Diamond Producers Association where he helped launch a major category marketing campaign for diamonds in the US. Prior to this he held positions as Head of Global Marketing and VP Marketing US for the World Gold Council where he managed international branding projects and developed joint marketing initiatives with designers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to increase gold jewelry demand. Passionate about sustainability, he is on the organizing committee for the Jewelry Industry Summit, a grass-roots organization whose mission is to foster the creation and development of new sustainability initiatives for the jewelry industry. At the WGC he was involved in the development of the Conflict Free Gold Standard and served for a number of years on the board of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, an organization which safeguards ethics in the jewelry industry. Michael previously held international marketing positions in Diageo and Unilever and holds a BA in Business Admin from University of Hull in the UK.  
Chet Van Wert
Chet Van Wert
Chet Van Wert, Senior Research Scholar
Chet has been developing new businesses at the intersection of media and technology for over 20 years, launching and leading a variety of new business units and new business models for both Conde Nast Publications and Columbia House Company. Since 2003, he has also taught graduate students in Integrated Marketing in NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Chet established an early ecommerce leader at Columbia House, launched and led four new business units for the company, and developed a new business model for the company’s iconic music business. He established Conde Nast’s digital consumer marketing unit and then served as an internal consultant for content monetization and brand extension strategies company-wide. A long-time supporter of environmental causes, Chet recently launched Sustainable Business Partners, a collaborative marketing platform that accelerates growth for social enterprises of all kinds. Chet has previously held leadership roles at early-stage advertising technology and ecommerce firms. He earned an MBA (Marketing) from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA (English) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rodrigo Zeidan
Rodrigo Zeidan, Senior Research Scholar
Rodrigo Zeidan is currently Associate Professor of Practice of Business and Finance at New York University Shanghai and Visiting Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral and Copenhagen Business School. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. He combines teaching excellence with skills in top-level research and consulting. Some of the companies he has worked with include Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Santander, Skanska, L’Oreal, RCI Banque, Vale, Queiroz Galvão, Itaú Bank, and Petrobras. Rodrigo has developed risk management models to dealing with sustainability issues for multinational banks, and his latest work on working capital management has created more than USD 1 billion in shareholder value for a large corporation in South America. His work has appeared in many leading journals, such as: Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Modelling, Economic Letters, International Journal of Production Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, Applied Financial Economics, and European Journal of Health Economics, as well as three books, a dozen book chapters, and many newspaper and magazine articles. Prof. Zeidan’s recent research focuses on Sustainable Finance, alongside Corporate Finance and Industrial Economics. For more information on Rodrigo Zeidan, please visit