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ABOUT US

We are a team of mission driven individuals focused on making a difference

Education for Sustainability Academy (ED4S) is a mission driven, impact first, technology-enabled, for profit educational institution based in Montreal, Canada.

ED4S has assembled an exceptional group of sustainability practitioners, instructors, finance professionals, and creatives to meet your sustainability education needs.

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Lessons

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Out of 5 star Ratings

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Countries

7800

Hours Taught

OUR VISION

Empowering organizations to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.

Helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals faster by providing globally trusted, exceptionally designed, sustainability training.

OUR MISSION
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Planet
People
Community
Partners

Accessible sustainable finance content connecting planet, people and profit.

The well-being and professional progress of people is at the core of what we do.

We believe in the power of sustainability to build, successful, vibrant companies and communities.

We view our relationship with our customers as long-lasting sustainability partnerships.

Our Story

We started with the simple realization that by working together, we can make an impact.

Early on, we identified a pressing need to provide comprehensive, enterprise-wide sustainability education that bridges the gap between generic, YouTube style content, and static ESG certification programs. Starting with the individual, we developed an educational vision centered on creating durable sustainability culture shifts within organizations.

Driven by a desire​ to make a difference, our founder, Maria Maisuradze, assembled an expert team of passionate education, sustainability, finance and technology individuals to make her vision a reality. And thus, Education for Sustainability Academy (ED4S) was born.

 

Working with a strong team, ED4S leverages the best industry research and subject matter experts to create powerful learning sustainability journeys. By addressing the needs of employees' ESG education at various levels of the organization, ED4S empowers companies to drive change at scale by giving them the opportunity to address some of the most pressing environmental, social and governance challenges facing the world today.


Together, we can make a difference.

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Our Team

Change is possible when we work together. We are happy to partner and collaborate with these like-minded organizations that are striving to make a positive impact on our planet.

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MARIA MAISURADZE, CFA, FSA

Founder and Course Architect

Maria has over 12 years of experience in the investment and corporate finance field. Since 2018, she has been working in ESG and Impact investing field and has contributed to multiple sustainability initiatives.


Throughout her career she led multi-stakeholder projects and developed training programs for corporate and non-for-profit organizations.


Maria is a CFA charterholder and SASB - FSA Credential Holder.

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MATT ORSAGH, CFA

Chief Content Officer

Matt is a seasoned finance and sustainability professional with over a decade of experience in promoting responsible investment practices in the financial industry.

 

In his previous role as a director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute, he led advocacy efforts to promote the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision-making.

 

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EMMANUEL N'DRI

ESG Analyst

Emmanuel is a skilled sustainable finance professional with expertise in financial analysis, data analysis, climate modeling, and risk management. He holds a masters degree in Sustainable Finance from HEC Montreal and has over three years of experience driving growth and achieving business objectives.

 

In the past he has led and operationalized multi-stakeholder sustainability projects. Emmanuel brings his research and analytical skills to Ed4S which enables him to curate ESG information and contribute to our content development.

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JAMES ATFIELD, FSA

ESG Researcher

James has 10 years of experience across a range of roles within the finance sector ranging from accounting, project management, operations and relationship management.

 

He has experience managing teams across multiple locations, has strong stakeholder engagement skills.

 

James is a FSA Credential holder and has successfully complete CFA Institute's ESG Investing program.

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VALERI NOGAIDELI

Video Creator

Valeri brings our sustainability training to live. He is an architect by training with over 8 years of professional experience in design.

He masters various video creation and editing software tools, constantly striving for perfection he takes our video courses to the next level.

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ROBERT NANKIN

Narrator

Rob is our voice talent with years of experience creating professional, natural, warm and inspiring voice recording and post-production.

 

He has worked with companies such as Bamboo Capital Group, Prudential Insurance, Honda.

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DIDI DALAGAN

Operations Manager

Didi has been helping businesses run smoothly for the last 10 years. Her expertise ranges from project management and coordination to administrative and technical tasks.

Didi brings her strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, along with the knowledge of multiple technical tools to run Ed4S operations.

In her prior roles, Didi worked for companies such as JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. and Citigroup Business Process Solutions.

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SONYA SANTOLIN

Advisor, Governance

Sonya is a corporate responsibility and governance expert with legal and ESG experience.

 

Her multidisciplinary background helps us think systemically during our strategy development and ensure good governance during the execution. Her passion is helping businesses become better citizens. 

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LUCIE BOURGEOIS

Advisor, Strategy

Lucie brings more than 20 years of executive leadership in large multinationals across Canada and internationally in the areas of strategic planning, change management, human resources and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

 

She has led multiple wide-scale global transformations within the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Insurance and Health industry.

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ANDREA DANIELLE WONG

Advisor, Communications

Andrea is a seasoned corporate communications professional specializing in financial and sustainability reporting, M&A communications and strategic announcements including restructurings and leadership transitions. Continuous learning is one of her core values and she is passionate about making education accessible for all.

Our World  Class Instructors

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MATT ORSAGH, CFA

Sustainable Finance Expert

Matt has been working in the sustainability world for over 20 years. He was part of the original team that started GovernanceMetrics International (now part of MSCI), where he helped develop the first iterations of current ESG analysis.

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STEPHEN KIBSEY, MBA, SIPC

ESG Consultant and Educator

Stephen is an investment professional with over thirty years of experience in various roles such as analyst, portfolio manager, and risk manager at different organizations including one of Canada's largest investment institutions, CDPQ, and one of Canada's largest corporate pension funds, BIMCOR.

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MARIA MAISURADZE, CFA, FSA

Chief Learning Architect

Maria has worked in the investments and corporate finance industry for over a decade. Over the last 5 years, she has been working on multi-stakeholder ESG and sustainability education and capacity building projects.  

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NAWAR ALSAADI, SIPC, FSA

Course Instructor

CEO and Founder of Kanata Advisors, Nawar is a seasoned sustainable investment professional and thought leader with over 20 years of investment experience. Nawar has held several senior ESG-related roles during his career: Chief Impact Officer at ScopeFour Capital, Senior Portfolio Manager ESG Investing at Canada Post Pension Plan, and Director of ESG Insights at ethical investment firm, NEI investments, among other executive and advisory roles. 

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DR. TOM HERBSTEIN

Sustainable Finance Expert

Tom has been at the helm of sustainable finance for over 15 years.

 

He managed ClimateWise, the largest global insurance industry network on climate change risk. He also led industry-wide disclosure and climate risk research activities.

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TAMARA CLOSE, CFA, FSA

Sustainable Finance Expert

Tamara uses in-depth capital markets and ESG expertise to assess, design, and implement bespoke, end-to-end ESG integration strategies across asset classes for asset managers, asset owners and corporates.

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ANA LUCAS

Sustainable Banking Instructor

Ana has over 25 years of experience in International Corporate Banking with wide range of expertise, including credit, relationship management, lending, board member.

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CLARISSE SIMONEK, CFA

Sustainable Finance Expert

Clarisse has specialized in responsible investment for over 10 years, with both executive and non-executive experience. She worked for asset owners, managers and universities across Europe, the Americas and Asia. 

Our Partners

Change is possible when we work together. We are happy to partner and collaborate with these like-minded organizations that are striving to make a positive impact on our planet.

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