Professor of Economics
The multiple crises unfolding since the turn of the century have brought the risks of a globally interconnected world into sharper focus, and highlighted the need of a shift from the conventional economic paradigm to a new one based upon environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and shared prosperity.
Transition Investment (TI) is the broad class of financial transactions aimed at enabling such a paradigm shift.
TI is thus a different (albeit related) investment philosophy with respect to the conventional ESG practice, with a more substantive focus on intentional, incremental efforts and strategic shift to achieve quantifiable impact. By expanding the concept of fiduciary duty beyond shareholder value to embrace the broader responsibilities towards society and by focusing on the measurable contribution of investments, TI has the potential to become a game changer in XXI century global finance.
The Transition Investment Lab (TIL) is a research initiative aiming at positioning NYUAD as center of excellence for impact finance and ESG research, with special reference to private markets in Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia (MEASA). While meeting the highest academic standards, TIL’s research outputs aim to be practically relevant by providing actionable solutions to investors.