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Dr. Ashby Monk Joins SDGC to Lead Research Initiative on Long Term Investing (LTI)

SDGC welcomes Dr. Ashby Monk as the new Executive Director of the Stanford Research Initiative on Long Term Investing (LTI).

The Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness is pleased to welcome Dr. Ashby Monk, PhD, as the new Executive Director of the Stanford Research Initiative on Long Term Investing (LTI) at SDGC. 

Dr. Ashby Monk, PhD

Serving for 10 years as Executive Director for the Stanford Global Projects Center, Dr. Monk joins SDGC with a strong track record of academic and industry research and publications. He was named by CIO Magazine as one of the most influential academics in the institutional investing world. His research and writing has been featured in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Reuters, Forbes, and on National Public Radio among a variety of other media. His current research focus is on the design and governance of institutional investors, with particular specialization on pension and sovereign wealth funds. Outside of Stanford, he is the co-founder of Real Capital Innovation (acquired by Addepar), Long Game Savings, and FutureProof. He received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University and holds a Master's in International Economics from the Universite de Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne and a Bachelor's in Economics from Princeton University.

SDGC Research Initiative on Long Term Investing

With Dr. Monk's leadership, the Stanford Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness is launching a revolutionary Research Initiative on Long-Term Investing that proposes to adopt emerging sensing, data capture, data storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning capabilities and couple these with high fidelity, physics-based models of infrastructure performance to support short-term and long-term financial risk assessment of long-term assets.  Stanford catalyzed such approaches over 30 years ago within major insurance and re-insurance firms worldwide, functionally reinventing the catastrophic risk insurance industry into the science-based, data-driven sector that we know today.

Building on Our History while Looking Into the Future

The new Research Initiative on Long-Term Investing brings together researchers from a number of centers of excellence at Stanford along with researchers from the university’s newest international research center. 

  • Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness (SDGC) – For over 20 years, SDGC has engaged in research on smart infrastructure, entrepreneurial ecosystem formation, knowledge management, and economic competitiveness to ensure global growth within healthy and sustainable natural and social environments. 
  • Global Projects Center (GPC) – For over 30 years, the Stanford Global Projects Center has been an international research leader in financing and governance of infrastructure assets and the organizations that deliver megaprojects. 
  • Engineering Informatics Group (EIG) For over 20 years, EIG has conducted interdisciplinary research focusing on the application of advanced computing, information, and communication technologies to engineered systems. 
  • Stanford Center at the Incheon Global Campus (SCIGC) – SCIGC is Stanford’s new flagship research center in East Asia.  Located in South Korea and branching across Stanford’s seven schools and many research institutes and centers, SCIGC is a university-wide interdisciplinary research center that is leading Stanford’s research efforts in smart city technology implementation, sustainable urban systems and wellness, innovative urban-focused entrepreneurship methods and business models, and sustainable infrastructure development and global economic competitiveness. 

Along with Dr. Monk, SDGC is pleased to welcome Dr. Rajiv Sharma, PhD, and Dr. Dane Rook, PhD, as part of the SDGC Long Term Investing Research Initiative.  Be sure to visit the SDGC website again for more information about this exciting new line of research!