Sophie Klein

Organisations and Sustainability

Sophie Klein is a PhD Candidate in Sustainable Business and Finance with a diverse background spanning research institutes, the corporate sector, and international organizations. Her primary research interest revolves around financing the sustainable transition of incumbent business models. This encompasses the mapping of corporate financial structures in transforming business models, financing the phase-out of 'unsustainable' business models, and investigating the role of financial intermediaries and the effectiveness of financial instruments in sustainability transitions. Her commitment extends to teaching activities, such as the master course "Strategy, Economics, and Societal Impact" and "Social Impact Consulting Challenge" module.

Furthermore, Sophie actively engages in facilitating collaborations between Utrecht University and external stakeholders, fostering shared research projects with broad impact. Within the Pathways to Sustainability community, she leads and orchestrates the interdisciplinary program "Scaling up nature-positive investments and biodiversity finance". Additionally, Sophie serves as a board member of the UN Global Compact Young Sustainable Finance initiative.  

Sophie obtained her Bachelor's Degree in (Economic) Geography from the University of Heidelberg, concentrating on regional Corporate Sustainability. She further pursued her academic journey by obtaining a Master's Degree in Sustainable Business and Innovation at Utrecht University, focusing on sustainable finance.