Emmanuel (Manny) Stefanakis has been advising CHES as a MIT Venture Mentoring Service mentor since 2013. For forty years in 30 countries, Emmanuel Stefanakis has been a pioneer in applying sustainable development principles in development projects and programs. He specializes in “designing with nature” to reduce construction and operations costs, reduce natural disaster risks, and create more socially attractive environments. He has planned, designed and overseen the construction of more than 200,000 housing units, 40 new towns, and several urban revitalization plans in the United States, Caribbean and Middle East. He has significant experience in capacity building and institutional strengthening. For USAID he pioneered the implementation of the Global Development Alliance (GDA) that promoted public private partnerships.
As an entrepreneur, he has formed companies that implement sustainable development strategies for profit. In 1987, he created Agias to recycle industrial by-products for organic food production. In 2005, he formed Sustainable Living LLC that designed and built the first LEED Platinum (12- 13th in the USA) market-rate homes in Massachusetts in 2007; these homes reduced energy and water consumption by half while providing a toxic free environment with sustainable materials.
In the academic sector, Emmanuel has taught, advised and managed. At Harvard University he directed the Master of Public Administration Program.He served as President of a 100-year old American college focused on sustainable agriculture in Greece and was charged with its modernization and financial reforms. He has served as Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and as faculty in the MBA Program at the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute (now Hult). He has lectured at numerous universities and designed executive education seminars in the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Southeast Europe and Middle East on behalf of the United Nations, World Bank, EBRD and USAID. He is on the Advisory Board at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.
He trained 250 professionals in the former Soviet Union on converting environmental risk into financial liability for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), directed a US Agency for International Development (USAID) policy program based in Prague to improve environmental quality through use of market based tools, and advised a Governor in Mexico on sustainable tourism.
Manny has three children who are devoted to public health of the poor developing countries, environment, and international relations.