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Soh Young In

Soh Young In

Research Engineer

Soh Young In is the Sustainable Finance Lead at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). She is also leading research on Financial Innovation at the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) of the Precourt Institute for Energy. Her research interest is to align the financial system with a low-carbon economy, and to catalyze sustainable finance. Her research supports investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers to drive positive social and environmental impact alongside financial results. At Stanford, she focuses on the explicit and systematic inclusion of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in investment analysis and decision makings. Her research agenda includes: (1) clarifying risk-return opportunities of incorporating ESG factors (at various asset levels including global, country, sector, firm), (2) enhancing ESG data, risk metrics and management, and (3) creating a clean energy investment ecosystem. Her research leverages an interdisciplinary approach that combines engineering, finance, economic and policy aspects of sustainability, so as to effectively address the pressing, complex global problem of climate change.

Soh Young won a research award from the United Nation Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award by the US Department of Energy (US DOE). Her project on an innovative clean energy investment platform design received grants from the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Bank of America, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US DOE. Her work has also received extensive media coverage such as Stanford Engineering Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Indexology by S&P Dow Jones and Sustainable Insight Capital Management, and been invited by multiple academic and industry communities. Soh Young completed her PhD in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, MA in International Policy Studies at Stanford, concentrating in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, and BA in Economics and Statistics from Columbia University.