William Woo is a Sustainable Finance Consultant and an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University. At Northeastern, he teaches a class in Social and Environmental Impact Investing in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department, and he has previously taught in the Finance Department. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Boston University. He serves as Faculty Advisor to and on the Investment Committee of NU Impact Fund. He serves or has served on several company and non-profit boards of directors.

Industry Experience

Woo currently consults with and has worked for investors, companies, and stakeholders on Sustainable Finance strategies for social and environmental impact. He is a former Director at Ceres, a capital markets sustainability research and advocacy organization where he helped lead programs in Banking/Financial Institutions and Water to support institutional members (collectively managing $60 trillion) with shareholder/bondholder engagement with leading global public companies. Woo has consulted with the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance, where he managed a network of developing economy asset managers/owners, corporations, and policy experts building best Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) practices, especially in the area of Circular Economy and Technology. Previously, he helped start up two SBA funds focused on investing in Low-Moderate Income zones and businesses owned/run by women and minorities.

Woo has 25+ years of experience in impact investing, public capital markets, private equity, venture capital, and mergers/acquisitions, working across many industries and through economic cycles. His previous work includes roles at Amundi Pioneer Investments ($1.3 trillion AUM) as a Global Senior Analyst on the Portfolio Management teams in US and Europe, and he has worked in the private equity and venture capital industry at Advent International and as a predecessor to Apax Partners.

Selected Publication

  • Circular Economy Materiality Assessment and Investing Considerations in Technology Media & Telecommunications (2021) –  Written by and presented to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) by Woo, Lepawsky, Garcia, Hogan

Selected Presentations

  • “Measuring Investment Performance in ESG Investing” (2022) at the Pensions & Investments Conference: ESG Investing Conference NYC
  • “Responsible Investing In Emerging Markets: Technology, Media & Telecommunications” (2021) at Thunderbird School of Global Management


  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School)
  • BA, Columbia University