Our Sustainability Management Faculty

World-class practitioners and internationally-renowned researchers—all at your fingertips.

At Kogod, we pride ourselves in offering a highly personalized student experience where you'll get to know your professors and peers exceptionally well—our small cohorts and class sizes ensure that! And your professors are an integral part of your experience. Here are some of the faculty you'll learn from.

World-Class Faculty

David Bartlett
Program Director
MS in Sustainability Management
(202) 885-1943
Kogod School of Business
New Mexico 320
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David Bartlett joined the Kogod School of Business in 2014. Prior to his appointment at Kogod, he held faculty positions at the Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota, and Vanderbilt University as well as visiting professorships at Tamkang University (Taiwan), Yerevan State University (Armenia), and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan).
Professor Bartlett’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on international corporate strategy with special attention to global sustainability, emerging markets, and technology innovation. His recent publications include articles on agro-tech cluster formation (Journal of Business & Economic Policy), emerging market startups (Journal of Small Business Strategy), and innovations in financial technology (International Journal of Business and Economic Development). His awards include a Fulbright Scholarship, a Salzburg Seminar Fellowship, and the ASEES/SSRC’s Hewett Prize for the Outstanding Publication on the Political Economy of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Professor Bartlett’s international consulting work includes corporate engagements in bioenergy, water management, and precision agriculture. His current research focuses on electric vehicles and sustainable supply chains.

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Jennifer Oetzel
(202) 885-1905
Kogod School of Business
Kogod - 216
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Professor Jennifer Oetzel’s research and teaching focus on social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Specifically, she looks at how companies can reduce business risk by promoting economic, social, and environmental development as well as peacebuilding in countries where they operate. 

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Danielle Vogel
Assistant Director, American University Center for Innovation
Department of Management
Kogod School of Business
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Professor Vogel teaches courses at both Kogod and WCL focusing on the intersection between sustainability and entrepreneurship. She is also the Assistant Director of the AUCI. Prior to joining the Kogod faculty, she founded Glen's Garden Market, a climate-motivated grocery store in Dupont Circle. Before that, she spent a decade on Capitol Hill working to pass comprehensive climate legislation. She also served as a Trial Attorney, enforcing the Clean Air Act for the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Garima Sharma
Assistant Professor

Professor Sharma's research focuses on sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the related tensions of purpose and profits. She is also interested in understanding how research impacts practice and the topics of rigor–relevance and knowledge co-creation. 

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Stacy Swann
Adjunct Professor

Stacy Swann is the CEO and Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors, a benefit LLC based in Washington, DC, with expertise in banking, development finance, and climate change. Ms. Swann has more than two decades of experience building and shaping organizations, leading teams, and delivering climate and investment strategies through clear practical approaches that deliver results. During her career, Ms. Swann has held senior positions with the World Bank Group, and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as well as with the US Department of Treasury. Over the last twenty years, she has worked with policymakers and financial institutions on issues related to mainstreaming climate considerations across both investment and policy and has particular expertise in blended finance, climate finance, climate-smart fiscal policies, and approaches to identify, assess and manage climate risk.

In addition to leading Climate Finance Advisors, Ms. Swann currently sits on the Board of the Montgomery County Green Bank the United States’ first county-level green bank, and is Chair of its Investment Committee. She is also a member of the Steering Committee/Board of the Global Water Partnership, a global action network of more than 3,000 Partner bodies in 179 countries focused on building sustainable water systems globally. She is a member of the Advisory Board of The Climate Service, a climate data and analytics firm, and is also a non-executive Board member of Neighborhood Sun, a community solar company based in Maryland. In the past, she has served as a member of the Board of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE), and also helped establish the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) group, a group of investors and other stakeholders discussing practical approaches to addressing climate risk in investment, and explore opportunities to invest in climate resilience. Stacy holds an MBA in Finance and Development Economics from American University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a BA from the City University of New York - Hunter College. Ms. Swann serves on the Convergence Funding Committee for the Asia Natural Capital Design Funding Window.

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Ron Hill
Kogod School of Business
Kogod - T31
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Professor Hill has authored over 200 journal articles, books, chapters, and conference papers on topics that include impoverished consumer behavior, marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, human development, and public policy, all of which have strong connections to sustainability and marketing.

Outlets for this research are the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Business and Society, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Harvard Business Review. He currently serves as the Vice President of Publications for the American Marketing Association, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Responsible Research in Business and Management Honor Roll.

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Randy Nordby
Professorial Lecturer
Finance and Real Estate
(202) 885-3914
Kogod School of Business
Kogod - T44
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Professor Nordby co-teaches a unique ESG-focused class, which gives students an opportunity to research and evaluate investments with strong ESG practices. The new course engages students in the university’s financial future by featuring student-faculty collaboration to research and recommends investment opportunities to the Board of Trustees. Investments from the program are funded with a 1 percent allocation of the endowment, or approximately $9 million based on current market levels, making it one of the largest student-advised investment funds in the country.

Professor Nordby is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has worked as an investment portfolio manager and valuation expert at Morgan Stanley, Calvert Investments, BB&T, Sol Capital, Wachovia, and other firms. He was recently part of the first 150 global candidates to complete the Fundamentals of Sustainability Analysis (FSA) designation that attempts to quantify the link between material sustainability information and a company's financial performance. He holds an MSF, MA in Economics, and is currently a doctoral student at Fox Business School, Temple University. Randy also has served on the Board of Directors for the CFA Society of Washington, DC, and is currently a Kaplan CFA Level 3 National Instructor.

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Tim Timura
Professorial Lecturer
Finance and Real Estate
(202) 885-1998
Kogod School of Business
Kogod - T35
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Professor Timura co-teaches a unique ESG-focused class, which gives students an opportunity to research and evaluate investments with strong ESG practices. The new course engages students in the university’s financial future by featuring student-faculty collaboration to research and recommends investment opportunities to the Board of Trustees. Investments from the program are funded with a 1 percent allocation of the endowment, or approximately $9 million based on current market levels, making it one of the largest student-advised investment funds in the country.

Professor Timura served as Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director at the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA).
A disciple of Paulo Freire, an adherent of alternative asset investment strategies, an advocate of behavioral finance, a proponent of experiential learning theory, and the author of The Duplicity Effect, The Retirement Learning Cycle, and Is Wall Street Research Useful?, Professor Timura has research interests in experiential learning theory (as applied to financial literacy, case studies, student-managed investment funds, and real estate investment trust programs) as well as teaching interests in his Python for Finance, Hedge Fund, Critical Financial Citizenship, and ESG courses.

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Ayman Omar
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Information Technology and Analytics
(202) 885-1995
Kogod School of Business
Kogod - 205
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Professor Omar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Technology & Analytics and a Research Fellow at the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC). His research interests focus on global supply chain management, specifically targeting areas such as supply chain integration and responsiveness, cyber risks in global supply chains, and sustainability in global supply chains. 

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Ajay Adhikari
(202) 885-1993
Kogod School of Business
Kogod - 207
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Professor Adhikari is teaching a new seminar in the spring focused on accounting and measuring outcomes in sustainability. He also teaches financial and international accounting and conducts research focused on determinants of international accounting diversity, international accounting harmonization, and accounting infrastructure in emerging markets. In 2009-2010, Professor Adhikari served as the Annual Program Chair for the American Accounting Association. He is a past President of the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. 

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Emily Lindsay
Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Professor Lindsay has over 20 years of experience in an executive position in a global finance function for a multi-billion dollar corporation. In this role, she led significant corporate business process operations related to corporate accounting shared services centers, including employment taxation, payroll, disbursements, banking services, travel-related programs, and stock compensation plans. She was the business process owner of four enterprise-wide corporate systems and 100 related PC–based distributed systems and interfaces. Lindsay also worked as an Auditor at the US Government Accountability Office. She has served on three national advisory committees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and on the Board of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs. She currently serves on the Board of the American Payroll Association, an organization of over 19,000 members interested in payroll systems, administration, and human resources. She has delivered business presentations on best practices, employment-related legislative issues, and disaster recovery. Professor Lindsay has an interest in International Sustainability Standards and Reporting.

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