Top voices in ESG

November 12, 2020

Each week, we post a series on our LinkedIn and Twitter channels titled ‘5 people to look out for in ESG’. This weekly series is Nossa Data’s effort to highlight some of the leading thinkers and doers in the ever-growing space of ESG and sustainable finance - ranging from academics and consultants, to corporates and CEOs. These ESG leaders are important to look out for as their work today is going to determine the future of sustainable finance, and consequently our planet.

Here are the top voices in ESG:

Ben Caldecott

Dr. Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford.


Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) which sets out 6 investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice. 

Mark Carney

Mark Carney has formerly served the prestigious positions of Governor in the British and Canadian central banks and took up the position of Head of ESG at Brookfield Asset Management. He is also the United Nations' special envoy for climate action and finance.

Chuka Umunna

Formerly a British Member of Parliament, Umunna has recently joined Edelman, the world’s biggest strategy and communications advisory firm, as the Head of ESG. 

Lise Kingo

Lise Kingo is the former Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, a non-binding United Nations pact to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.

Ioannis Ioannou

Dr. Ioannou is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. In addition to teaching, he is an advisor, a keynote speaker, and has authored some of the most cited and insightful publications in the field of ESG.

Tensie Whelan 

Dr. Whelan is the Director of the ‘Center for Sustainable Business’ at NYU Stern School of Business. She has helped develop the Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) Methodology to help companies identify, track, and monetise sustainability returns.

Helle Bank Jørgensen

Jørgensen is the CEO and Founder of ‘Competent Boards’. Her work has helped several global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong and reliable financial results.

Larry Fink

Larry Fink is the Chairman and CEO of BlackRock. His letter to CEO’s has been instrumental in calling out corporations to do their part for the environment and ensure diversity within their organisations.

Christine Lagarde

Lagarde is the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the current President of the European Central Bank (ECB). Soon after her appointment to the ECB, she has made it clear that green policies will be one of the key objectives of the central bank.

Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and Founder of Ellevest, a digital investment platform whose goal is to get more money in the hands of women by closing the gender money gaps. Before founding Ellevest, she was the president of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division at Bank of America.

Tim Mohin

Tim is the ex-Chief Executive of GRI, the developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards. He has extensive experience in corporate social responsibility, and has authored the book 'Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Treehugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations’.

Robert Eccles

Dr. Eccles is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School, Oxford University and a Senior Advisor at BCG. He is an expert on integrated reporting and a leader on how companies and investors can create sustainable strategies.

Yafit Cohn

Yafit Cohn is the Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group General Counsel at The Travelers Companies, where she is focused on developing the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) engagement and communications strategies.

Julie Hudson

Dr. Hudson is the Global Head of ESG Research at UBS. She has been with the bank for over 25 years and has been instrumental in shaping UBS’s efforts in sustainable finance and ESG.

Jean Rogers

Dr. Jean Rogers is the founder of the SASB – Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, one of the leading ESG reporting frameworks. She was named as one of the Top 20 Influencers of Sustainable Investing in 2018.

George Serafeim

Professor Serafeim is a leading ESG academic and is currently the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University. He is the co-founder of the leading consulting firm KKS Advisors, that develops innovative solutions for integration of material ESG issues.

Veronica Chau

Veronica Chau is a Partner and Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), working for Financial Institutions and Social Impact practices at the firm. She is a passionate advocate for ESG investing, impact investing, and socially responsible investing.

Richard Peers

Richard has founded ResponsibleRisk Ltd to drive improvements in Sustainable Finance adoption and outcome, via better understanding, data and solutions. I am also Contributing Editor with Finextra on Sustainable Finance.

Samira Khan

Samira is a Senior Manager for Global Impact Engagement at Salesforce. She is passionate about empathy-driven, innovative approaches to advancing societal wellbeing and solving global challenges.

Patricia Torres 

Patricia is the Global Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg LP. She is committed to the need for transparency in ESG data, and amongst other projects, is involved in delivering Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index.

Nicole Connolly

Nicole is Head of ESG Investing and Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments. She is involved in directing Fidelity’s ESG product roadmap, and is passionate about facilitating greater education and thought leadership about ESG in the investment process. 

Tim Youmans

Tim leads EOS engagement in North America at Federated Hermes. He has been a research scholar at Harvard Business School since 2013, and has a long-lasting collaborative research relationship with Robert Eccles. Much of this research has been published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, and the Economist, to name a few. 

Mark Tulay

Mark is the founder and CEO of Sustainability Risk Advisors. He has been part of the sustainability movement for 25 years, and has greatly contributed to advancing ESG metrics and sustainable investing. 

Changhua Wu 

Changhua is the CEO of The Beijing Future Innovation Centre. She is also a member of the Global Future Council of Electricity for the World Economic Forum 2020-2021. She is a policy analyst, specialising in China’s environment, energy, climate change and sustainable development, and advises public and private sector leaders on sustainability strategy.


Anne Simpson

Anne is managing investment director for Board Governance & Sustainability at CalPERS. Each year from 2010 - 2020 she has been listed as one of the year’s 100 most influential people in the boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Anne has published several books in the field of board governance and sustainability. 


Aaron Yoon

Aaron is an assistant professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He conducts research particularly around ESG issues and finance, presenting his research academic, practitioners, and intergovernmental organisations worldwide. 


Andrew Morlet

Andrew is the CEO of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to accelerate the transition to circular economy. He is passionate about harnessing innovation and design to help transition to a more regenerative and restorative model for economic growth. 


Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Rhiana is the Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute. Climate policy has always been linked to social justice for Rhiana. She is co-author of the paper ‘The Green New Deal: Mobilizing for a Just, Prosperous, and Sustainable Economy’


Anna Snider

Anna is the Head of Due Diligence, CIO Office at Merill Lynch. She has actively pushed for sustainable options for the bank’s clients and is committed to taking deep dives into diversity and inclusion amongst its asset managers, actively responding to client demands for diversity criteria.

Michael Jantzi

Michael is the CEO at Sustainalytics. He has been active in the world of responsible investment since 1990, and has founded Jantzi Research and the Jantzi Social Index®.


Flora W.

Flora is the director of Sustainable Investing at Fidelity International. Based in Hong Kong, she leads Fidelity International's engagement efforts with investor companies in Greater China on ESG issues.


Sacha Sadan

Sacha is the Director of Investment Stewardship at Legal & General Investment Management. He regularly speaks at major global industry events on topics such as diversity, climate change and shareholder rights.


Nicolette Bartlett

Nicole is the Global Director of Climate Change at CDP. She is responsible for ensuring the CDP’s climate policy is delivered and manages teams supporting implementation of initiatives such as the Science Based Targets Initiative and RE100.


Tim Smith

Tim is the Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement at Boston Trust Walden Company. In his role, he promotes greater corporate leadership on ESG issues. He has also served as Executive Director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) for more than two decades.