Adjunct Faculty

Alexandre Lazarow
McCone Building
(831) 647-4155

Alexandre Lazarow is an adjunct professor who specializes in social impact investment and related topics. In his full-time role, he is Investment Director at Cathay Innovation.

Prior to joining Cathay Innovation, Alex was a Principal at Omidyar Network, a global philanthropic investment firm. While at Omidyar, he forcused on investments in the global fintech and financial inclusion space across the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. This includes investments in innovative companies such as GuiaBolso, Offgrid:Electric, Kin, Chime, Juntos, Cignifi, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Pagatech, RUMA, and Zoona. He is a board observer, steering committee member, and advisor for multiple organizations.

Before Omidyar Network, Lazarow was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co.’s Brussels and Washington D.C. offices, where he served clients across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, across the private, public, and social sectors. Previously, he worked in financial regulation with the Bank of Canada’s Financial Stability Department, investing with Bridges Ventures and M&A investment banking with the Royal Bank of Canada.

Alexandre is a Kauffman Fellow and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. He is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Scaling Social Enterprises

Alex Lazarow, Investment Director, Cathay Innovation

This module focuses on key challenges and methods in scaling a social enterprise from seed-stage to growth. We will highlight the differences in scalable business models, and discuss the operational stages and capital needs of growing businesses. In addition, we will evaluate unit economics and the unique challenges of scaling. Finally, we will discuss the importance of scaling sectors along with firms. Through case studies and in-class group activities the class will explore the process of scaling start-ups.

Spring 2019 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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Building & Investing in Social Ventures II

This is a project-based course to enable students to gain in-depth experience of building a social enterprise from scratch in a complex environment, and to learn from the experience about the management of social enterprise and impact investment. The aim is for students to develop key understandings and skills in conceiving a social innovation idea and transforming it into a scalable venture with measurable impact. The course covers concepts, perspectives, and tools for social ventures to reach the various development milestones, such as building an innovative business model and competitive strategies, developing meaningful strategies to scale the enterprise and social impact, building a convincing financial model and practical financing strategies, developing the right legal and corporate structure for the venture, and building an impact measurement system that are material to the enterprise as well as stakeholders. This course adopts the raw case-method of teaching in order to minimize the classroom – practice gap commonly observed in business and management education.

Spring 2019 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Finance, University of Manitoba

Professor Lazarow has been teaching at the Institute since 2015.