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Sofia Faruqi
Sofia_FaruqiSofia manages the New Restoration Economy, which is working on the business models, financial mechanisms, and market incentives needed to transform disparate projects into a thriving industry that restores degraded forests and agricultural lands. The restoration economy mitigates climate change and alleviates poverty while creating value for investors and companies. She led the Land Accelerator, which is the first startup accelerator in the world focused on land restoration. The inaugural cohort of 12 entrepreneurs met in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2018. Prior to joining WRI, Sofia was a Portfolio Manager at Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge, an investment management firm in Boston, MA. Earlier in her career, Sofia worked as an Equity Analyst at Passport Capital; an Equity Research Associate at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Pension Fund; and an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan. She has won multiple investment awards and her articles have been published in 20+ outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, SSIR, Guardian, and Fast Company. Sofia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Arabic from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. She is a CFA charterholder. Sofia lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and writing in her free time.