Susan Kish is a senior executive with extensive experience building businesses in financial services, clean energy, and media in the US and Europe. She has been a successful entrepreneur inside large corporations and banks, as well as in start-up environments. A relentless advocate of digital literacy, Susan has spoken at TED about her experience learning to code, and is a recognized thought leader on topics including strategic networks, the power of events, and innovation.
She is currently the Executive-in-Residence at Excel Venture Management in Boston. Most recently, Susan established the Cross Platform Initiatives team at Bloomberg LP. She was responsible for a portfolio of mandates to innovate and integrate across the media, data and analytical platforms. Projects included launching the first data-driven integrated media franchise, the Year Ahead, and incubating Bloomberg’s award-winning data visualization team.
Susan joined Bloomberg through their acquisition of New Energy Finance (BNEF), where she was Director of Knowledge Services, leading strategic marketing programs. She initiated the BNEF Future of Energy Summit in 2008, which she continues to moderate for Bloomberg.
Prior to Bloomberg and BNEF, Susan was an entrepreneur, founding First Tuesday Zurich in 1999. The business think tank connected start-ups and investors, convened and supported thought leader networks in sustainable energy, data security, emerging technologies, and private banking. After First Tuesday Zurich was acquired in 2006 by the professional online network XING, she established XING’s consulting and advisory business.
Susan started her career as a banker at UBS and Chase. At UBS, she built credit businesses in the commodity, brokerage and municipal finance sectors before moving from New York to Zurich as Global Functional Head of Structured Finance, and as a member of the Global Credit Risk Committee.
Susan is an independent director and advisor on several boards, including The Foundation Center (Chair of the Finance Committee), Cornerstone Capital, Dartfish, the SwissNex Science Consulate, the Sandbox Network and One Month, an online learning platform. She is a founding director of the European Energy Venture Fair in Zurich, the Pulitzer prize-winning non-profit, InsideClimate News, and the Finance for Resilience (FiRE) competition.
Susan graduated from Harvard – Radcliffe College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in the History of Science, and lives outside of Boston with her family.