Terry Nelidov

Terry Nelidov

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

Managing Director


Terry Nelidov serves as Managing Director of the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, the sustainability partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability. Erb Institute faculty, students and business partners work together to fulfill the institute mission “to create a sustainable world through the power of business”. Building on over two decades of research, teaching, and business engagement, the Institute is one of the world’s leading sources of knowledge and practice for business leadership in a rapidly changing world.

The Institute’s dual-degree graduate program between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment has approximately 65 students who study three years and receive joint MBA and MS Natural Resources degrees. Erb’s global network of over 500 alumni in 17 countries continues to move the needle on global sustainability through impactful alumni careers.


Terry came to the Erb Institute from BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), where he worked with companies on social risk, human development, and global supply chains across Latin America, Asia, and the US. Terry began his sustainability career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay in the early 1990s. Later he served as Founding Director of INCAE Business School’s Business Leadership for Sustainable Development Network in Latin America, as General Manager for AmeriCasas (a start-up land-development company in El Salvador), and then Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in Peru.

Terry holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain.  His languages include native English, as well as Spanish, Portuguese and Guarani (Paraguay).