2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Cyrus Kharas

Senior Director, Head of Impact Investing

Arabella Advisors


Cyrus Kharas is a senior director on Arabella’s Advisory team and the co-head of the Impact Investing team. He works across a broad range of Arabella’s individual, institutional, and corporate clients, and contributes to the firm’s analysis of trends and opportunities in the impact investing field. He has substantial experience in economics, international development, capital markets, and social impact, and brings this expertise to support projects across Arabella. In his time with the firm, Cyrus has managed several projects ranging in focus from climate change initiatives to capital market dynamics for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) entrepreneurs, the latter of which was featured in Arabella’s Economy for All report. Cyrus is driven to find creative ways to unlock philanthropic and private capital to solve global challenges.

Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Cyrus spent several years at Goldman Sachs in the investment management division, where he focused on cross-asset class allocation and portfolio strategy. His team focused on institutions and the current and retired partners of Goldman Sachs. Previously, he was an analyst at Calvert Impact Capital, where he designed and managed portfolios of impact investments for institutional clients with specific impact goals. He participated in the underwriting and presenting of investments to the clients, as well as ongoing financial and impact monitoring of the portfolio. Cyrus began his career at the US Treasury Department in the Office of International Affairs.

Cyrus has a BA from Tufts University in psychology and economics and an MBA with a concentration in economics from NYU Stern School of Business. Cyrus is an avid soccer player and fan. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.


Wednesday, May 17th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Investing for Impact: How Philanthropy is (and isn’t) Funding Solutions to Food Waste

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Funding food waste reduction is crucial to meeting 2030 goals — and philanthropic capital can have a big role to play. As a result, the ReFED Capital Tracker was launched in 2022, and updated to include philanthropic data — bringing transparency and insight to the ecosystem on where funding is going and where the gaps lie. Join this panel discussion to explore the Capital Tracker tool, high level trends, and the role of philanthropists in providing flexible, risk-tolerant, and patient investment to support impact-focused solution providers.

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