Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Shaping Tomorrow: Student-Led FSIcon to Showcase Sustainable Investing Leaders

On March 8, hear directly from investors, industry experts, policymakers, students and academics who are mobilizing the future of finance for the 21st century.

How can sustainable investing influence our future? On Friday, March 8, join hundreds of Brunonians at the Future of Sustainable Investing Conference (FSIcon), a student-run full-day summit convening investors, professionals, academics, and students. 

Sponsored by the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and other partners, the 2024 conference will address such far-ranging topics as nuclear energy, AI and sustainability, water reuse, sustainable fashion, electric vehicles, and shifting perspectives surrounding ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing. FSIcon will serve as a dynamic platform for fostering dialogue, sharing insights, and catalyzing action in the realm of sustainable investing.

All talks will be in-person, with an opening keynote from Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet, at 10 a.m. and a closing keynote from MN8 Energy President and CEO Jon Yoder at 3 p.m.

Alumni Speakers

FSIcon offers a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from members of the Brunonian community across generations. Distinguished alumni in a diverse array of fields will offer their insights on sustainable investing, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between finance and social responsibility,  empowering you to make informed decisions and drive positive change in the world. Here are this year’s featured alumni speakers:

John Atcheson

John Atcheson '81

Co-Founder and CEO of Circular Way, a social enterprise committed to ending fashion waste through an emphasis on restoration and reuse of goods, John Atcheson believes in the power of innovation to drive change. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, the World Retail Congress, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, among other significant entities. In his 30+ year career, he launched the car-sharing company Getaround, served as Board Chair of Sightline Institute, and involved himself in a variety influential startups.

Sarang Mani

Sarang Mani '21

A sustainable growth equity investor at J.P. Morgan, Sarang Mani has been involved in the climate technology community for several years. He studied engineering and economics during his time at Brown, developing an interest in the space industry and sustainable finance. In his 2020 Ted Talk, Mani discussed the trend towards decentralization in the aerospace industry. Mani also participated in IBES’ Frontiers of Private Sector Climate Action panel discussion, held during IBES’ 2023 Open House.

Grace McCleary

Grace McCleary '20

Grace McCleary has gained experience in climate intelligence as an associate in strategy and corporate development for Macquarie Group. As a former senior associate at Rivian and member of The Farmlink Project, she has worked cross-functionally between food insecurity, transportation and farms teams to manage end-to-end execution of moving farm surpluses to food banks.

Kobi Weingberg

Kobi Weinberg '20

A fellow and researcher at Brown University, Kobi Weinberg works in climate technology and climate and conservation awareness. He is the senior strategic initiatives manager at CREO, a not-for-profit organization that mobilizes private capital into low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions. He is also the managing editor of the Climate Tech VC newsletter.