Currently based in Zurich, Simon M. Ingold is a senior investment advisor at S8nations, a global nonprofit that seeks to network leaders and thinkers of the world’s most innovative nations to spark bold, pragmatic solutions to serious challenges such as climate change, pandemics and immigration. He is secretary of the Yale Club of Switzerland, an op-ed contributor to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, an active member of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, and the author of "Learning from the World: New Ideas to Redevelop America" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Before getting his master’s degree in International Relations at Yale, Ingold earned his B.A. at the University of St. Gallen. His years in finance and capital markets have taken him to New York, London, sub-Saharan Africa and back to Zurich. He has helped lead a Swiss-based global life-science company, has served as vice president for Nomura’s Structured Solutions Group, and was head of infrastructure project finance at British investment management company, among other positions. Most recently he was appointed CFO of an innovative startup that is transforming the global chocolate industry.
Ingold says that what has always excited him most about Yale is its diversity on every level — in disciplines, people and ideas. He sees the university as both an inspiration and a source of confidence that a community built on knowledge, commitment and diverse ideas can make a real difference in the world. He recently completed a three-year term as a board member and YAA Delegate for the Graduate School Alumni Association (GSAA), and says he continues to be amazed by "the incredibly rich microcosm that Yale is, and the many ways it extends into the world."