Sonam Velani

As the Director of Sustainability and Technology, Sonam is responsible for developing and implementing MSquared’s sustainability strategy.

 

Sonam is passionate about cities and the infrastructure and technology that drives them forward. From New York to Barcelona to Mumbai, she has collaborated with businesses and governments to deploy multi-billion dollar investments in climate-smart infrastructure. With experience at Goldman Sachs, The World Bank, the New York City Mayor’s Office, and Zipline, she is skilled at structuring financial transactions, operating large-scale projects, and leading public-private partnerships. Sonam is now launching The Urban Resilience Studio, a venture lab that invests in diverse entrepreneurs building climate technologies for cities.

 

Sonam’s interest in urban development is deeply rooted in her lived experience. An undocumented immigrant for two decades, she was the the first in her family to attend college and received a full scholarship to Harvard University, earning a BA in Government, Economics, and Visual & Environmental Studies. She loves being active in her community and volunteers with the Girl Scouts, MPower, The Coaching Fellowship, and the Aga Khan Development Network.