OREANDA-NEWS. November 20, 2015. Join us on October 15th for a special lunch series focused on Renewable Energy Finance. MIT Sloan and the Sustainability Initiative are bringing together research faculty and alumni for a day of information exchange on the topic, with the intent of identifying existing work in Renewable Energy Finance and developing pathways for collaboration.

Our lunch series will feature two prominent alumni in the field: Michael Sonnenfeldt, a private equity investor with significant holdings in solar businesses, and Ray Wood, who leads investment banking in renewable energy for Bank of America. Michael Sonnenfeldt (MIT Sloan, MBA ’78) – Chairman of the Board, Carmanah Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is Chairman of MUUS & Company LLC, a private investment company with concentrations in real estate, solar, energy, and a diversified portfolio of direct and fund investments.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is the controlling shareholder of Sol, Inc., a leading manufacturer of industrial grade outdoor solar lighting systems, and he is the Founder and Chairman of TIGER 21 LLC, the premier network of peer-to-peer learning groups for high net worth investors across North America. Recently, he founded Magnolia Lifestyle + Benefits to provide world class products and services custom tailored to Magnolia's ultra-high net worth members. Mr. Sonnenfeldt is Phi Beta Kappa and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from MIT, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Ben Gurion University. Ray Wood (MIT Sloan, MBA ’90) – Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Ray Wood is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Power and Renewables for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Over his 25-year career, 20+ dedicated to the power sector, Mr. Wood has assisted clients on several noteworthy strategic transactions and financings, a number of which have been awarded “Deal of the Year” honors. He has transaction expertise across the spectrum of M&A, IPOs, leveraged finance, structured finance, commodities, and privatizations. Mr. Wood received his BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.