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New York, NY



Arsha Cazazian-Clement

Business Fellow

Arsha Cazazian-Clement joins Breakthrough Energy’s Business Fellows program from New York, New York.  Arsha has been a senior leader in the real estate industry for more than two decades and has extensive experience planning, designing, executing, and leading teams for both small and large-scale public and private commercial real estate projects.

Over the course of her 23-year career, Arsha has both led and supported teams for approximately 30 million square feet of development and planning around the globe. Arsha also participated in global sustainable development initiatives. From 1994 to 1996 she supported a team inside the United Nations Development Program deeply committed to identifying alternative energy solutions for industrial structures across Africa. She helped to build schools along Zambia’s Copperbelt.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, GSAPP. Arsha also received a Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from University of Oxford, where she was one of two individuals selected as a Women’s Scholar in 2019. Arsha stayed on at Oxford as an Associate Fellow with a concentration in real estate ESG and urbanization, where she continues her work mentoring students and bringing networks together for the greater good.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 
Choose courage over comfort: experiment and fail often, and always do it with grace and humility.

What is your favorite word and why?
Spirit. It has so many dimensions and scales, and impact can often be immeasurable.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An archeologist. I was a curious kid, always wanting to examine and explain human behavior, understand how society functions, learn from the past and apply those lessons to the present and into our future.