Bio (Heather Hachigian)

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Heather Hachigan

Heather Hachigian


Assistant Professor


Professional and Continuing Studies


Dr. Heather Hachigian is an assistant professor teaching in the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Innovation program. Her research interests include responsible investment, social finance and corporate social innovation. Hachigian’s recent work focuses on the governance of investment institutions with an explicit long-term mandate. Her research has explored investment decision-making under ambiguity, shareholder engagement and integrating sustainability criteria into infrastructure investment deals. Hachigian has published her research in several book chapters and academic journals, including Business and Politics, Journal of Sustainable Finance and InvestmentJournal of Business Ethics, European Financial Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Hachigian previously worked as a senior consultant with Purpose Capital. She provides research and advisory services to government, business and non-profits on impact measurement, social finance and sustainable investing. Recent projects include an evaluation of social finance models for migrant and refugee integration and a retail impact investing guidebook. Hachigian is a judge for the annual Responsible Investor Reporting Awards and an editorial board member for Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment.


Hachigian holds a PhD from the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (2015), where she investigated the governance of investment decision-making by sovereign wealth funds. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in Economics and Political Science from McMaster University (2008).