John Tobin-de la Puente

John Tobin-de la Puente

  • Professor of Practice
  • Senior Faculty Fellow, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability

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Faculty Expertise

  • Sustainable Business
  • Corporate Finance
  • Law
  • Emerging Markets


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


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John Tobin is a tropical ecologist and a corporate lawyer with over two decades of private sector experience, having worked in the international finance industry for much of his career. After 12 years of corporate legal practice in the area of emerging markets finance, while actively providing counsel on environmental conservation matters on a pro bono basis, he turned his full attention towards the growing area of corporate sustainability. As managing director and global head of sustainability at Credit Suisse, he pioneered a variety of initiatives and policies aimed at improving environmental and social risk management in the banking industry and addressing the growing demand for sustainable investment products and services.

In 2016, he left the private sector for a faculty position at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, where he teaches sustainable finance, corporate sustainability, and related topics to undergraduates and graduate students in business and public affairs. Tobin's research focuses on the use of financial tools to achieve socially beneficial outcomes in the areas of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. In addition, he actively engages with industry and civil society to develop financial solutions to sustainability problems, including as chair of the board of directors of IUCN-US and as co-founder of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC). Tobin has extensive leadership and governance experience at the board level, particularly with entities in the areas of environment, science, and education.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • AEM 5990 - Applied Economics and Management Exchange Program
  • AEM 5300 - CEMS Block Seminar
  • AEM 2555 - Corporate Sustainability
  • AEM 4090 - Environmental Finance and Markets
  • AEM 4940/AEM 6940 - Undergraduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Harvard University, 1995
  • JD Harvard University, 1995
  • BS University of California, Los Angeles, 1986