The Institute for Global Impact© (IGI) is a new initiative recently started by Kiron Skinner, PhD in formal collaboration with the Energy Innovation Center Institute (EICI, a 501c.3. organization), headquartered at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  IGI is being created to catalyze a new way of thinking about global markets and organizing the international community in the 21st century.  The mission is to change and innovate the conversation on these topics with a focus on international security, including economic statecraft and their intersectionality around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact investing and commercial enterprise objectives. 

The Institute for Global Impact’s strategic focus is to become a living laboratory and business connector for pioneering ideas and their practical application worldwide. The organization will deploy Dr Skinner’s and the EICI’s collective international convening authority, mainly at the EICI’s facilities, to drive innovative dialogue, advance thinking, and the practical application of the science of IGI’s objectives.  Part of IGI’s objectives is to develop an innovative way to balance purpose with performance globally, nationally, and locally in ways that drive mutuality while respecting sovereignty.


Dr. Skinner is the President and CEO of the Institute for Global Impact.  Additionally, she is the Director and Taube Professor for the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  Dr. Skinner also directors CMU’s Center for International Relations and Politics, and leads their Washington, DC campus, splitting her time between DC and Pittsburgh.  She is also a distinguished fellow at Cylab, a major cyber-security research center at CMU, and is the G.W. Campbell research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  Throughout the past 20 years, Dr. Skinner has held many roles in federal and state government, including Director of Policy Planning and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State; member of the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board; member the Chief of Naval Operations’ Executive Panel; member of the National Academies Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security; and Senate-confirmed presidential appointee to the National Security Education Board.  She is well published, including co-authoring several books, two of which were New York Times best sellers.  She is a frequent contributing writer for the New York Times, Forbes, National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

As the IGI’s co-founding fiscal agent, the Energy Innovation Center Institute directs the pioneering public-private ecosystem of the Energy Innovation Center, a 240,000 square foot collaborative of more than 210 corporations, government agencies, research universities, foundations, and NGOs.  Rich DiClaudio, President and CEO of the EICI, leads the Institute’s impact objectives of transforming the future of energy, learning, and work in equitable, sustainable, and mutual ways, with a particular focus on the nexus of for-profit operating and investing activities and their corresponding ESG impact objectives.  This activity is done in radical collaboration with its global partners, and is leading to the development of actionable methods for driving competitive investor returns and measureable ESG impact.  Bedford Funds, LP is leading the commercial effort of this objective at the EICI.  Bedford is one of the largest nationally-focused Opportunity Zone Impact Funds.  Headquartered at the Energy Innovation Center, Bedford has worked closely with the EICI to build its investment strategy of investing in the future of energy, work, food, and healthy living technologies, with a focus of driving ESG outcomes in the country’s most vulnerable communities. The energy, learning, food, and health industries are undergoing rapid global transformation, accelerated by advancing technologies and shifting cultural preferences.  Bedford, and the EICI ecosystem, are helping to lead a new way of addressing these advances in ways that are equitable, sustainable, mutual, and profitable.  IGI will formally expand this concept to include the intersection of international security and economic state-craft on the global stage.


  1. Create a leading global organization to advance and deploy the science of international security, economic statecraft, and their intersectionality around ESG impact investing and operations.

  2. Lead the effort to establish Pittsburgh as the global hub for this organization as a catalyst for new ways to converse and conduct business and statecraft in markets and countries that are being transformed by rapidly changing cultural preferences and technological advances.



The Institute for Global Impact is focused on understanding and shaping the drivers of rapidly transforming global markets and their impact on the international order as they collectively manifest through international security, including economic security, economic statecraft, and the intersectionality of these drivers around ESG Impact investing and operating objectives.  

The IGI will pursue this strategy based on the juncture of the expertise and networks of its President and the strategy expertise, facilities, and back-office support of the mission-aligned Energy Innovation Center Institute.  With the EICI as the co-founding fiscal agent, the IGI will utilize the lean start-up method by initially refining and deploying meetings in its target objectives to establish a minimum viable product and to help ramp up fund raising.  Then the IGI will form its own 501c3, still in formal collaboration with, and located at, the Energy innovation Center institute and begin building out revenue models and formal fund raising to make it sustainable long-term.  

The IGI will host many monthly meetings, summits, gatherings, and connections, at the EICI facilities, in DC, and around the world collaborating with mission-aligned companies, governments, universities, foundations and NGOs.  The IGI will also host at least one annual marquee summit in Pittsburgh, likely in the fall, immediately following the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. 

If you are interested in learning more about this new initiative, please contact

Dr. Skinner at kskinner@andrew.cmu.edu or Rich DiClaudio at rdiclaudio@eicpittsburgh.org


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