After she finished her Executive MBA program, Jessica Feldman ’04 spent three-and-a-half months in India developing a microinsurance program for a Mumbai-based NGO that provides health and education services to the rural poor. “I was very interested in learning to apply my skill set to the nonprofit sector,” says Feldman. “It was an incredible experience.”
She stayed in touch with her Indian friends, and in 2006 Feldman left her position as a vice president at Aon Risk Services to cofound an insurance brokerage and risk management firm with offices in New York and Mumbai. “We found that a lot of companies were facing risks related to emerging markets that weren’t really being addressed properly by the established brokers,” she says.
Her firm, Campioni Risk Solutions, provides consulting and insurance brokerage services to emerging-market operating companies and investors as well as to U.S.-based investors with emerging-market and political-risk exposures. The company also has a team dedicated to directors and officers liability insurance. “I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of what I do,” says Feldman. “And it’s great learning about so many different countries and getting a sense of what various companies are doing.”
Feldman also continues to serve as a pro bono consultant for NGOs, many of which are strapped for human and technical resources. “So many of these microfinance programs give people the opportunity to be entrepreneurial—a $200 loan can allow someone to start their own business and become independent,” she says. “It’s so rewarding to see your skills put to use for a good cause.”