Dr. Cassandra Thiel is a Senior Research Scholar at CSB and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health, Division of Healthcare Delivery Science at the NYU School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and an affiliated appointment in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. As an engineer, her research systematically measures and analyzes environmental inefficiencies in medical systems and services in order to optimize healthcare delivery. Previous research includes environmental Life Cycle Assessments and waste auditing of surgical procedures in gynecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, and orthopedics. In 2014, Dr. Thiel was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award to study resource-use in cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in Tamil Nadu, India. She now contributes to a number of sustainable healthcare groups, including the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Environmental Sustainability Work Group, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition, the UN Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector Voices platform, and the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) forum. Dr. Thiel obtained her BS in Civil Engineering in 2009 from Michigan Technological University and completed her PhD in 2013 as an NSF IGERT fellow (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rodrigo Zeidan is a Senior Research Scholar at CSB, an 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 http://rzeidan.com.
Chet Van Wert is a Senior Research Scholar at CSB and 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.