Alumni Anthony Nahas

Tony served as man­ager of  Phase I of the EcoBlock project, which ended in 2018.

The EcoBlick is an urban sus­tain­abil­ity exper­i­ment in Oak­land, CA. The project brings together a multi-​​disciplinary team of urban design­ers, engi­neers, social sci­en­tists, and pol­icy experts from UC Berke­ley, Lawrence Berke­ley National Labs, NASA Ames Research Cen­ter and Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, as well as local grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions, non-​​profits, local util­i­ties PG&E & EBMUD, the City of Oak­land and the State of California.


The goal is to EcoBlock demon­strate inte­grated solu­tions that dra­mat­i­cally reduce home and neigh­bor­hood GHG emis­sions, dra­mat­i­cally cut water con­sump­tion, recy­cle waste­water, enable organic urban food sys­tems, and pro­mote invest­ment in jobs, renew­ables and green infrastructure.

Tony received his under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity and Paris-​​IV Sor­bonne in His­tory and Anthro­pol­ogy. He pur­sued grad­u­ate work in medieval Mid­dle East­ern his­tory at the Sor­bonne, the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity of Cairo and Colum­bia, research­ing the eco­nomic his­tory and admin­is­tra­tion of the irri­ga­tion sys­tems in the agri­cul­tural lands between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers dur­ing the late Sas­sanid (5th–7th CE) and Abbasid (8th–11th CE) empires.


Tony holds an MBA from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago’s Booth School of Busi­ness and worked in cor­po­rate finance in the City of Lon­don for JP Mor­gan, Bar­clays and ING Bar­ings before trans­fer­ring to Bryan Gar­nier in Paris. There­after, he estab­lished his own Invest­ment Fund spe­cial­iz­ing in alter­na­tive assets. In 2013, he tran­si­tioned from Finance to Sus­tain­abil­ity with a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in the con­ver­gence of eco­nom­ics and the envi­ron­ment. He was a Research Affil­i­ate at the Pre­sidio Grad­u­ate School dur­ing the 2014 aca­d­e­mic year.

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