Bard MBA

Our People

The Bard MBA faculty reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of sustainability-focused leaders in the New York City region and beyond. In addition to the permanent faculty at Bard, the weekend intensive structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as program faculty. Some of our faculty teach full time; some share their expertise for set modules. Guest lectures and case presentations are a prominent feature of the program. Experienced business leaders also support the program on the MBA Advisory Board.

J. Skyler Fernandes

J. Skyler Fernandes Havard University (Foreign Policy and Quantum Physics); B.A. (Economics and International Relations), New York University. J. Skyler Fernandes is a partner at Centripetal Capital Partners, a multi-stage venture capital fund with an innovative fund structure. Fernandes focuses on consumer internet, online services/marketplaces, enterprise SaaS, and commercializable high-tech. He is also the founding partner of One Match Ventures, a seed fund focused on internet/high-tech companies. Fernandes gave the first TED Talk on Venture Capital: Innovating the Financing of Innovation and has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as The “Best” Startup Pitch Deck, Top 10 Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Investors, and Various Rounds of Investment. He has co-founded several companies and is an advisor to a number of startups. He also leads a number of global initiatives, including the Missing Middle Initiative, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, focused on creating funds that invest $100K-$3M, a critical financing gap for early-mid stage businesses globally. He is a venture mentor at ER Accelerator, a New York City incubator, as well as the Stamford Innovation Center. Additionally, Fernandes served as COO and is currently on the Board of Directors of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA). Fernandes is a frequent speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship at such venues as FundingPost, CROWDFUNDx, Harvard Business School, New York University, Wharton Business School, The Stamford Innovation Center, New York Venture Summit, The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, and The United Nations.