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Social Impact Lab: Stuart Yasgur

  • Yale School of Management, Room 4210 165 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT (map)

How can we harness the power of markets to improve people’s lives?

For nearly forty years Ashoka has been searching for the most promising innovations on the ground around the world. Today we are seeing Economic Architects develop a powerful new kind of innovation. Beyond launching new enterprises or creating new investment vehicles, Economic Architects are developing structural innovations that change the source of strategic advantage for everyone in the market. This creates the possibility of aligning profit and impact and harnessing the full power of the market to improve people’s lives.

As the head of Ashoka’s Social Financial Services, Stuart Yasgur focuses on social innovations that use market forces to address social challenges at large scale. While at Ashoka, Stuart has initiated efforts that have directed more than $500 million to innovative markets based solutions, engaged with the G20 through the Toronto, Seoul and Los Cabos Summits and created partnerships with leading financial institutions and corporations. Earlier in his career, Stuart was Managing Partner of a New York-based consultancy and has more than a decade of experience working with start-up and growth stage companies. Stuart has taught at New York University and the London School of Economics. Stuart received a PhD from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

This event, co-sponsored by CITY, is part of the Yale SOM Program on Social Enterprise’s Social Impact Lab.