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Alumni Spotlight, Raffi Mardirosian


Raffi Mardirosian is VP, Strategy at Joule, pioneering the production of ultra low carbon fuels. He was previously a Principal at Flagship Ventures, where he focused on launching and investing in companies in sustainability and climate change, and President at Midori, a technology startup pioneering its breakthrough Glycanogen carbohydrate synthesis platform with broad potential across Human and Animal Health.

He is also a Prior to Midori, Raffi developed renewable power projects in Africa, including creating the first utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant in East Africa which currently contributes to over 6% of Rwanda's power and broke the record for fastest African energy project finance deal to reach financial close and interconnect. He also formerly managed Business Development at Pronutria Biosciences, a technology startup founded to transform global food security and nutrition, and was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he specialized in corporate healthcare, national competitiveness, sustainability and resource productivity, and global public health. He has also held roles at BNP Paribas in Latin American project finance, the 2Seeds Network on agricultural value chain development in East Africa, and the Reserve Bank of India in central banking policy.

Outside of work, Raffi is the Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community in Boston, and spoke at the Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos. He also serves as adviser to a range of organizations including Ashoka, where he works with social entrepreneurs on business model scaling strategy, and Peace First, a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to creating the next generation of peacemakers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of eKutir, a social enterprise using a train-the-trainer model and mobile technology to transform agriculture in India.

Raffi holds bachelor's degrees from Stanford University in Economics and Public Policy, with honors in International Security and Cooperation, and conducted graduate work in International Policy Studies.

In his spare time, Raffi enjoys running, playing squash, classical piano, learning new languages, adventure travel, and taste-testing for his girlfriend’s new restaurant venture.

EDUCATION - Stanford University - Public Policy, Economics


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