Shally Venugopal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shally Venugopal

Contact
shally@alumni.upenn.edu
+1-706-669-2479

Profession / Affiliation
Currently, Founder of Tech Start-Up Myolo
Previously, Senior Associate and Project Manager, Sustainable Finance, World Resources Institute
Myolo, previously World Resources Institute

Definition of Responsible Investment Banking
Increasing investments and financial flows that support the Earth’s ecosystems and their longevity

Areas of Expertise
Finance and Environmental Science.

Shally Venugopal currently runs the internet start-up MYOLO, an resource to apply for personal finance, insurance, and government services. Shally previously led WRI’s Climate Finance and the Private Sector project– a project that works with policymakers and private sector financiers to increase the finance and investment flows to climate change-related projects in developing countries. Her past work at WRI focused on the financial implications of climate change from the perspective of the corporate and investor community, working with partners like Standard&Poor’s, IFC, and HSBC. Before joining WRI, Shally worked in Morgan Stanley’s Microfinance Institutions Group, where she was responsible for client and capital markets coverage of South and Central Asian Microfinance Institutions, and in Morgan Stanley’s Public Finance Division, covering U.S. domestic public sector infrastructure clients. Her prior experience includes working at the Penn Institute for Urban Research, L.E.K. Consulting, and Bearfoot Investments.

Prior to leading the Climate Finance and the Private Sector project, Shally’s research focused on the financial implications of climate change from the perspective of the corporate and investor community. Her work has spanned both fixed income and equity markets. Most recently, she worked with Standard&Poor’s to release one of the first publications that quantitatively examines the impact of future U.S. climate change policy on credit quality. Prior to this, she worked on a series of reports, (in collaboration with HSBC and the International Finance Corporation) which examine how environmental trends could impact the valuation of companies in South East Asia’s Food & Beverage, Real Estate, and Power sectors. She was also the lead
author on an influential brief, Accounting for Risk, that explores how financial institutions can account for the carbon footprint associated with their activities.

Before joining WRI, Shally worked in Morgan Stanley’s Microfinance Institutions Group where she was responsible for client and capital markets coverage of South and Central Asian Microfinance Institutions, and in Morgan Stanley’s Public Finance Division, covering U.S. domestic public sector infrastructure clients.
Her prior experience includes working at the Penn Institute for Urban Research, L.E.K. Consulting, and Bearfoot Investments.

Shally, a native Singaporean, graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance and Mathematics.

Curriculum Vitae
MYOLO
Founder
May 2014 – Present (8 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area
Internet Start-up

World Resources Institute
Senior Associate and Project Manager
World Resources Institute
October 2012 – May 2014 (1 year 6 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

– Devise strategies to help governments more effectively attract private sector investment in projects that address climate change in developing countries
– Manage and mentor project staff
– Develop media, distribution, parternships and other influence strategies
– Fundraise and manage project budget

World Resources Institute
Research Associate and Project Manager
World Resources Institute
August 2008 – October 2012 (4 years 3 months)Washington DC

• Manage projects that analyze the impacts of emerging energy and environmental trends and policy on company shareholder value/creditworthiness in major global industries.
• Convene Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, US and international government agencies, and NGOs to discuss sustainability investment trends and financing mechanisms for low carbon projects.
• Co-authored three publications analyzing environmental risks and opportunities in the real estate (with a focus on green buildings), food and beverage, and chemicals sectors, in US and Asian markets.
• Create and execute communication, and distribution strategies for all projects.

Morgan Stanley
Microfinance Group- Analyst
Morgan Stanley
August 2007 – August 2008 (1 year 1 month)New York, NY

– Developed and managed relationships with microfinance bank institutions (MFIs) while analyzing their capital structure and risk management processes.
– Conducted credit due diligence of MFIs in South/Central Asia and Africa.

Morgan Stanley
Public Finance (FID)- Analyst
Morgan Stanley
July 2005 – July 2007 (2 years 1 month)New York, NY

• Created financial models, reports and presentations to assist municipalities, transportation agencies and higher education institutions access capital markets through cash bond and interest rate
derivative strategies.
• Analyzed debt structures and portfolios to identify efficient methods of bond issuance, credit management and refinancing, allowing clients to achieve ~4% average cost savings and improved asset-liability management.
• Provided quantitative coverage on bond deals totaling over $3.5 billion for clients including the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Finance Corporation and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Research Assistant
Penn Institute for Urban Research
June 2004 – August 2004 (3 months)Philadelphia, PA

• Assisted preparation of initial budget and board presentations for the Institute.
• Conducted research and analysis on comparisons of international housing finance markets and mortgage products for Dr. Susan Wachter.

L.E.K. Consulting
Summer Associate
L.E.K. Consulting
June 2003 – August 2003 (3 months)Chicago, IL

• Conducted statistical and financial analyses on clients, competitors and industry to evaluate client performance and potential within the medical equipment and maintenance repair operations
industries
• Produced time-sensitive client presentations and research reports within a highly team-oriented environment

Abstract
Public financial resources alone will not be adequate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Recognising this financial gap, public actors, such as governments, development finance institutions, and aid agencies, are considering how best to harness and redirect private sector investment towards activities that address climate change.

This chapter profiles trends and innovative public interventions used or considered to mobilise private sector investment, including policy and technical support, supplying incremental finance, de-risking investments, and fostering public–private partnerships. It draws on a mix of primary research and analysis, case studies, and consultations to identify innovative means that the public and private sectors can collectively pursue to foster climate-friendly markets.

Hobbies & Social Engagement
Tennis, Gardening, Playing with her 20-month old son, Cooking