Shuvya Arakali

Shuvya Arakali

With over four years of experience that intersects corporate finance and sustainability, I have developed the unique perspective necessary to help organizations develop, implement, and reach sustainability goals. As I graduate this May from Duke University’s Environmental Management program with a focus on Energy and the Environment, I take with me a strong subject-matter and technical expertise in business sustainability, climate change mitigation, and energy markets.

Career Interests

Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Sourcing & Supply Chains, Climate Change Mitigation, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
The Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Energy Concentration, Certificate in Sustainable Systems
Coursework Includes: Energy Modelling, Life Cycle Analysis, Energy Technology, Energy Markets & Innovation, Project Management, Statistics, Green Building, Energy Policy, and Climate Science.
Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce Fellow: Contributor to the 2016 Congressional Report, “Economic Impact Analysis of the US Biobased Products Industry.”
Policy Assistant for Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Bachelor of Science, Economics and Organizational Psychology, May 2012
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
GPA: 3.65
Schreyer Honors Scholar. Dean’s List 2008-2012. Thesis in Developmental Economics.

Professional Experience

Conducting a market research and survey analysis to understand the major perceptions of the barriers and drivers to utilizing biopolymers in the apparel value chain Cotton Incorporated
Developed a comprehensive SWOT analysis on emerging sustainability risks regarding the life cycle of cotton and the most effective water stress metrics for global cotton production
Co-authored “A Methodology Comparison Using Regional U.S. and Global Cotton Production Water Use Data,” which was presented at the 2016 Life Cycle Assessment XVI Conference
Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, American Eagle Outfitters Pittsburgh, PA 2016
Interviewed internal and external stakeholders to identify inefficiencies in store energy management
Researched and analyzed store energy data to calculate and benchmark energy use intensities
Strategized leasing language to bypass tenant-landlord split incentives and facilitate energy investments
Designed a comprehensive energy management pilot program to be implemented in AEO’s 1,000 North American store fronts supported by a combined Net Present Value of $1.4 Million and annual store operational savings of $448,000 and 4,439 mT of CO2-equivalent emissions
Credit Operations Specialist, JPMorgan, Corporate Finance Division, Newark, DE 2013 − 2015
Managed a portfolio of over 20,000 hedge fund, asset-backed security, and structured credit clients to ensure alignment with departmental risk policies and exposure commitment
Facilitated onboarding and annual reviews by researching investment guidelines and stress trigger variables to accurately classify and grade asset manager clients
Researched and analyzed JPM’s exposure risks due to large-scale impacts on financial markets
Selected by senior management to revamp and lead the employee training program
Business Credit Analyst, Bank of America, Newark, DE 2012 − 2013
Analyzed business plans, financial backgrounds, and credit histories of business clients
Recognized by senior management with the Bank of America Global Recognition Award, Outstanding Business Development Award, Top Performer Award, and Most Valuable Player Award

Additional Information

Skills: Expert in Financial/ Energy Modeling, Project Management, Memo & Technical Writing, Data Visualization; Proficient in Attributional/ Comparative/ Process Life Cycle Analysis, & STATA.

Community Service: Social Media Manager for the Humane Society’s Dharmic Leadership Council.

Clubs: Net Impact Nicholas School Chapter


energy efficiency
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank