meet our founders
Dr. Eva Szalkai Csaky is Director and Research Professor of the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, where she works closely with partners in academia, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations to develop projects and initiatives that benefit disadvantaged communities locally and globally. Under her leadership, the Institute hosted the largest climate change conference ever held in Dallas, with a focus on the intersection of poverty and climate change. She is also the co-founder of the Inclusive Economy Consortium, which is informed by her extensive practical experience and research on inclusive economic development.
Prior to joining SMU, Eva worked for the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, for 18 years with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems. Eva’s expertise is assessing the complex ecosystem that underserved communities operate in, including the market failures they face and the motivation of key stakeholders. Based on that analysis, Eva designs and implements policy interventions in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders to address the needs of communities, leveraging social entrepreneurial and inclusive economic approaches.
A key pillar of Eva’s work is innovative financing approaches, and she is one of the pioneers of blended financial solutions. Using her unique approach, Eva led the design and implementation of projects in 24 countries around the world in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean water access and sustainable value chains. For her work she has received multiple awards, including the first IFC/World Bank Innovation Award. Most recently, Eva co-authored the study for the G20 “Climate Smart Financing for Small and Medium Enterprises – Enabling Policy frameworks.”
Eva holds an MS in Finance from the George Washington University, an MA in Public Policy from Duke University and a PhD in Public Policy with specialization on Globalization and Development with a focus on inclusive value chains from Duke University. She presently serves as a member of Dallas Mayor Rawlings’ Poverty Task Force and the Advisory Group for Dallas Chief Resilience Office. She has also served as an advisor to the OECD’s Green Growth Knowledge Platform and is an invited delegate of the Skoll World Forum.
Anna M. Clark is the co-founder of the Inclusive Economy Consortium and a fellow of the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity at Southern Methodist University. In partnership with the Institute, Anna researches the intersection of corporate social responsibility (CSR), social enterprise and inclusive business. She was also a key organizer of the Institute’s “Climate Extremes” conference, the largest event on the issue ever to be hosted in Dallas.
Anna began her career as a management consultant with PwC Consulting and IBM. In 2006, she founded EarthPeople Media, an award-winning consultancy in sustainability communication. Clients and strategic partners have included FleishmanHillard, JCPenney, Enablon, Gardere Law Firm, Scotch Corporation, Southern Methodist University, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (Dubai), and International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of The World Bank.
Anna is author of Green, American Style: Becoming Earth-Friendly and Reaping the Benefits (Baker Books, 2010) and is presently conducting research for her second book. An essayist on culture, business and sustainability, her writing has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Greenbiz.com and elsewhere.
Anna holds a BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. She is a director on the North Texas Regional Council of USGBC Texas and serves as an advisor to The American Women’s Financial Education Foundation, Little Things Matter Foundation and Green Source DFW, which awarded her a Sustainable Leadership Award in 2016. She lives with her family in one of the first residences in Dallas to earn a Platinum LEED-certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.