Academic and entrepreneur focused on social enterprise to address global environmental and social challenges, especially climate change.
Bruce Usher is The Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School in New York City, where he teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues. Professor Usher is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. From 2002 to 2009, Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, during which time he built it into the world’s largest carbon credit company. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10% of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol. EcoSecurities was acquired by J.P.Morgan in 2009. Prior to EcoSecurities, Usher worked in financial services for fourteen years in New York and Tokyo. Usher is an active investor in entrepreneurial ventures, primarily clean energy businesses. He is on the Board of Community Energy, a US solar project development company, and the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.