CEO and Founder, Ardinall Investment Management, Co-Chair, WIE Steering Committee
Maria S. Jelescu Dreyfus is the CEO and founder of Ardinall Investment Management, an investment firm focused on sustainable investing and resilient infrastructure that she started in 2017.
Ms. Dreyfus spent fifteen years at Goldman Sachs, where she most recently served as a portfolio manager and managing director in the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners Group.
She currently serves as a director on the board of Pioneer Natural Resources; Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation; on the board of CDPQ, one of Canada’s largest pension plans; and on the advisory board of Eni Next, Eni SpA’s corporate venture arm.
Ms. Dreyfus also serves as a director on several private companies’ governing and advisory boards in the energy transition space.
She sits on the advisory board of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, on its executive committee, and serves as co-chair of its Women in Energy program. Additionally, Ms. Dreyfus is a member of the MIT Corporation’s Development Committee and sits on the MIT Economics Department’s Visiting Committee. She also serves as a member of the New York State Secure Choice Savings Program Board.
Her current and past nonprofit board memberships include the Global CCS Foundation, New America Alliance, Breakthrough New York, and Girls Inc. of NYC.
Ms. Dreyfus has held her CFA since 2004, and holds a dual degree in economics and management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Maria resides in New York City with her husband and three children.
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