Virtual MIIS

Open to the Public

An evening of activism, inspiration, celebration: Jan Knippers Black Human Rights Speaker Series featuring Aniket Shah.

“Human Rights Finance and Sustainable Development: The Needed Convergence”
We will explore the pivotal role of human rights in guiding international finance in promoting
sustainable development. This talk focuses on practical application and human rights thinking in achieving United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Free to attend. Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register. Register at

About the speaker:
Aniket Shah’s career bridges both the public and private sectors. As Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability Research at Jefferies Group LLC, he leads ESG integration and sustainability analysis within the global investment research department, engaging with clients in this dynamic area of corporate and financial services. He also is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, leading that organization’s ESG investment research in the public and private sectors.
Earlier in his career, he headed Sustainable Investing at Oppenheimer Funds and was Program Leader of the Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, advising national governments, global financial institutions, and non-profit organizations about sustainable development financing.

He also worked for Investec Asset Management, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and was an investment banker in the Financial Services Group at Goldman Sachs & Co.
Today, Shah is a frequent contributor to Institutional Investor’s Global Market Thought Leadership series and is widely published, including Africa and the United States – A Defining Relationship of the 21st Century, a collaborative report between Investec Asset Management and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Learning from the World: New Ideas to Redevelop America.

A member of Amnesty International USA since 2006 he served as its Board Chair and Treasurer. He’s also a member of the International Rescue Committee; Deer Island Corporation; National Council of World Wildlife Fund USA; and the Economic Club of New York, among others.
Shah received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and doctorate in Economic Geography, with a focus on sustainable finance, from Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

About Jan Knippers Black:
With a lifelong commitment to global human rights, Jan Knippers Black mentored and inspired scores of students through her passionate teaching, her numerous on-site learning trips to areas of conflict, including Cuba, Chile, Iran, Bhutan, and the Balkans, and her ceaseless quest to peace and justice and righting wrongs around the world.
While her passing on August 15, 2021 is deeply mourned, her profound legacy at the Middlebury Institute and elsewhere live on through the Jan Knippers Black Fund for Human Rights Protection, which she generously established shortly before retiring from the Middlebury Institute in 2018.

The fund supports community programs, events, and activities related to human rights, provides a student internship with Amnesty International USA, and annually honors Middlebury Institute alumni who have made a mark in the field of human rights: all central to the Institute’s mission and Jan’s own life.

Contact Organizer

Linae Ishii-Devine