What is your previous work experience?
Prior to joining Duke, I have been working in the sustainable financing field for almost 10 years. I used to work as Senior Sustainable Finance Specialist in a Mongolian commercial bank (XacBank), which is an accredited entity of the Green Climate fund, one of the biggest climate funds in the world. While working at XacBank, I have led and launched a number of Eco loan programs, which never existed in Mongolian market. As a result of these loan programs, it has been able to reduce almost 2.1 million tCO2 eq since 2013 and I was one of the key leaders in this.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
From my experience, low-cost financing and financial incentives alone are not enough to make climate finance projects successful. Without laws and regulation supporting green finance priorities, customers do not have sufficient motivation to choose green products. In my view, there is a lack of combination of financial incentives with policy support for climate projects globally. Therefore, I was looking for a graduate program, which would provide me a chance to make myself an expert who can solve above mentioned challenge. The Nicholas school's MEM program was a perfect match for this goal.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to learning more about the nexus of business, environment, law, policy and sustainability as they relate to contemporary business challenges and climate change mitigation. Apart from this, I want to connect with other students from different cultures, backgrounds and learn from their experience.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
During my time at the Nicholas school, I want to develop a background in natural science and technology because these are great tools for solving environmental problems. Natural science topics along with the strong environmental policy-making courses will fill the knowledge gap that I am experiencing now in my career.
What plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I believe that after the graduate program I will have a responsibility to share my improved knowledge and gained academic expertise with sustainable financing efforts. In the short term after my graduate study, I see my career path in developing and strengthening green financing through the private sector. In the long term, I want to work on the policy making of sustainable finance globally. Because in my view, a combination of financial incentives with policy support is necessary for successful climate projects.