E8S9: How to build a career in Climate and Impact Investing with Dimitry Gershenson

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In Episode 8 of Season 9, Dimitry Gershenson, shares key tips for finance and non-finance people who strive to work at the intersection of finance, planet and impact. This is an area of tremendous growth as there is a desperate need to not only move capital out of destructive industries and investing, but also to radically scale investments in companies that are building services and products that are advancing a more sustainable world.

Dimitry discusses lessons from his career, what skills are needed to work in this area (as well as potential roles for non-finance people), and tips for upskilling. 

Dimitry Gershenson is the co-founder and CEO of Enduring Planet. He has worked in climate and impact investing for over a decade, partnering with, and investing in startups, funds, and non-profits across the US, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. 

Prior to Enduring Planet, Dimitry led M&A and served as COO for Rango Wireless, an Enduring Ventures portfolio company. Before that, Dimitry built Meta’s Energy Access program, a $15M+ investing initiative that enabled energy access for 3M people and unlocked nearly $500M in additional capital in underserved markets like Kenya and India. While at Meta, Dimitry also led the development of multiple predictive ML products in the cleantech space and built corporate accelerator programs for impact startups in India and Puerto Rico. 

Dimitry has an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a BS in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University. He lives in Portland,OR with his wife, 4 y/o daughter, and bird.

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