Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Miguel Ferreyra

Washington University in St. Louis, Olin School of Business

Miguel is a first year MBA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School. He has been working with the private equity and banking industries since 2010. His past work experience includes a Head of Business Development position at Acrux Partners, an impact investing advisory firm focused on Latin America. He also has worked as an economist at Ambito Financiero, the leading financial newspaper in Argentina; and as a banker at Banco Galicia, the largest private bank in Argentina by AUM. Miguel graduated from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, where he majored in Commerce with a focus on international trade and economics. He grew his academic involvement from being a TA for a macroeconomics course during his time in university, to formal guest lecturer and researcher positions at Universidad del Salvador which he has maintained even while living abroad in the US. In his free time, Miguel loves to write about economic policy and development and he has been published by highly respected international financial news outlets such as Thomson Reuters, ZeroHedge, Global Risk Insights, and Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine. For the last 3 years, Miguel has been working in New York City where he is based. He keeps a house upstate New York where he spends most weekends hosting friends and playing polo, a sport that he started mastering back in his native country of Argentina. Miguel speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

What made you consider business school?

I decided to apply to business school to continue to hone my leadership skills, particularly creative problem solving and innovative thinking. As an immigrant to the US, I am also looking forward to making new friends and being part of an inspiring network of professionals.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

Having worked with the Latin markets for almost a decade I am very excited to learn from professionals from other parts of the world. Additionally, I plan to spend time abroad in Asia or Europe where I expect to take part in educational exchange and practical consulting experiences. At the same time, I am working on a startup idea I have been exploring and hope to benefit from the rich universe that will surround me at Olin.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

I am inspired by many of my colleagues in the impact investing industry, especially by Darren Walker, the CEO of the Ford Foundation. I think he is a positive influence in the investing community and an extraordinary speaker. As a co-founder of the (Argentine Impact Investing Network) myself, I am a fan of the work that he has done as the co-founder and chair of the US Impact Investing Alliance. I am also deeply inspired by Isela Costantini, the former CEO of Argentine Airlines. Isela worked very hard to bring the company back to profitability in 2016 and I believe she is the strongest female executive in LatAm, her experience working with the unions was key to performing well in her job. Finally, I love the work of Magnus Nilsson as the head chef of Faviken in Sweden. Mr. Nilsson wrote a magnificent book about Nordic food and spent over two years researching over 700 recipes of traditional foods from Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. His work honors tradition, sustainability, and locally sourced products. He was awarded two Michelin stars in 2016.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am a serial entrepreneur focused on where finance meets sustainability.

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