Monika works with institutional investors on deepening their integration of environmental, social and governance factors, and in particular water, into portfolio management and engagement processes. She directs the Investor Water Hub, a working group of Ceres Investor Network that promotes peer-to-peer learning and is developing an investor water risk assessment model or approach. She is a co-author of the Ceres report, An Investor Handbook for Water Integration.
Monika actively contributes to the CFA Institutes Enterprising Investor Series along with the CFA Institute’s ESG continuing education curriculum.
Monika also studies water risks in shale energy development and supports Ceres work on water issues across a variety of sectors including agriculture, infrastructure and municipal systems.
A major theme in all of her work is to more closely connect the scientific and financial fields.
Prior to Ceres, Monika worked as a research consultant for the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard where she published the white paper, An Exploration of Sustainability and its Application to Corporate Reporting, that explored the roots of the concept of sustainability from a variety of fields to inform the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Previous to this she worked as a financial analyst for an emerging market equity fund and in fixed income sell-side research.
Monika was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her work on wetland ecosystems earning a Master of Science in aquatic ecology, has an undergraduate degree in finance, and is a chartered financial analyst.