Quyen Tran

Quyen Tran

160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

Social and Environmental Philosophy; Scaling Impact Investing; Investment Innovation and Strategy


  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, cum laude, Mount Holyoke College


Quyen Tran is a Professor of the Practice in Impact Investing at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. She is also the Director of Impact Investing at BlackRock and Head of Fundamental Equities Sustainable Investing Research. Her research creates BlackRock's core criteria for impact investing across asset classes and best practices in impact measurement. She develops the concepts and leads the authorship of foundational publications, making the case for impact in public equities, the case for outperformance, and the role of impact investing in an asset allocation strategy. 

Professor Tran partners with industry practitioners and academia to advance the sustainable investing ecosystem. She is a member of Harvard Business School's Alumni for Impact Initiative, is a Board Advisor for Bentley University's Sustainable Investment Group, and has served on working groups at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Impact Management Project (IMP). Professor Tran is a frequent speaker at industry events, including global forums at Milken Institute, the Global Steering Group, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, and the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.

Professor Tran earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College where she was awarded the J.M. Warbeke Prize in Philosophy. She studied philosophy abroad at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In her former role at Cambridge Associates, she served as a senior investment consultant advising endowments, foundations, and other non-profit institutions on investment strategy. On a volunteer basis, she taught English as a classroom teacher in Vietnam and worked for the advancement of grade-school children in the US.

Professional Activities

  • Director of Impact Investing and Head of Fundamental Equities Sustainable Investing Research, BlackRock
  • Member, Harvard Business School's Alumni for Impact Initiative
  • Board Advisor, Bentley University's Sustainable Investment Group
  • Member, The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Public Equities and IRIS+ Working Groups 2019-2021
  • Member, The Impact Management Project (IMP), Impact Frontiers Working Group 2021

Areas of Expertise

  • Impact & Sustainable Investing
  • Portfolio Asset Allocation Strategy
  • Investment Manager Due Diligence
  • Impact Measurement