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ICGN Human Capital Committee

ICGN Human Capital Committee

ICGN Human Capital Committee focuses on anti-corruption, culture, stakeholder relations, workforce engagement, succession planning, diversity-equity-inclusion, human rights, workforce safety and more.

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Michela Gregory

Michela Gregory
NEI Investments

Committee Co-Chair

Michela Gregory is Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Services at NEI Investments. As part of NEI’s longstanding corporate engagement programme, Michela spearheads dialogues with companies across a number of sectors including tech, consumer staples, consumer discretionary and pharmaceuticals. Michela considers various themes related to the ‘S’ in ‘ESG’ in corporate dialogues including human rights, human capital and diversity, equity and inclusion issues. She actively works to further NEI’s policy efforts on these and other issues with the goal of striving towards meaningful change on critical and systemic issues.

Prior to joining NEI, Michela was based in Ghana with an impact investor focused on early-stage investment in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a lawyer by trade, and practiced plaintiff-side class actions law in Canada across various legal issues including: securities litigation, product liability, consumer protection and price fixing issues. Michela holds a B.A. in Honours Business Administration from the Ivey Business School (The University of Western Ontario) and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University).

Michela Gregory

Karin Halliday

Karin Halliday

Karin Halliday
AMP Capital

Committee Co-Chair

Karin Halliday is the Senior Manager of ESG & Investor Stewardship at AMP Capital, one of Australia’s largest asset managers and pioneers of responsible investing. 

In early 2000, Karin moved from portfolio management into a newly created role with responsibility for AMP Capital’s proxy voting and related engagement. While her initial mandate was to use the power of voting to hold investee companies accountable and ensure they were well-governed on behalf of clients, the scope expanded and now sees Karin involved in deep discussions about the many environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities companies face.

Karin is motivated by the real-world impact of her role and enjoys the fact that on any day she can be discussing issues ranging from CEO incentives and board composition to human rights, biodiversity, waste management — and anything in between. While all topics are of interest, her current focus is on issues relating to stewardship, governance, human capital, and how such ESG factors drive company value.  

By combining both an investment and an ESG perspective, Karin has developed a balanced and pragmatic approach that sees her regularly called upon to share an investor’s perspective on ESG issues.  She was recently appointed Co-Chair of the ICGN’s Global Human Capital Committee, is a long-standing membership of the PRI’s Stewardship Advisory Committee and is an active participant in various diversity and inclusion initiatives such as the 30% Club. Karin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Directors Program.

Payman

Payman Akhaveissy

Asset Manager
 

Payman Akhaveissy has worked within the Asset Management industry since 1997. He joined HSBC Global Asset Management in 2008 with a focus on equities, developing policies for engaging investee companies’ boards on ESG issues. Prior to that, he worked on establishing his brokerage firm to allow overseas individuals to invest in UK securities. Payman has extensive knowledge of emerging markets’ corporate governance best practices and was previously the Head of Corporate Governance, Investment Research at Fidelity Investments, working closely with the International Corporate Governance Network on cross-border voting and corporate governance issues.

His solid understanding of institutional business was formed within the financial sector following his post-graduation from Brighton University Business School. External activities involved in the UK’s Financial Reporting Council’s Lab project; reporting on stakeholders and Section 172 of the Companies Act disclosures, Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Centre for Corporate Governance - Stakeholder Governance Working Group, member of the Global Investors Governance Network (international institutional investors), United Nation Principles for Responsible Investment Ceres Investor Initiative for Sustainable Forests and PRI Investor Working Group on Sustainable Palm Oil.

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Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein
Proxywatch

Aaron Bernstein is the editor of Global Proxy Watch, a newsletter on international corporate governance for institutional investors and other experts. He was a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project from 2007 to 2019, where he wrote papers on the materiality of social factors such as human capital and labor and human rights, most available here. Bernstein left BusinessWeek magazine in 2006 after a 23-year career as an editor and senior writer covering workplace and social issues. He received a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and did graduate work in Political and Legal Theory for two years at Oxford University. He is the author of a book entitled “Grounded: Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines,” and the co-author of “In the Company of Owners: The Truth About Stock Options.”

Gigi Dawe

Gigi Dawe
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Gigi Dawe leads the Corporate Oversight and Governance department at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). As such, she oversees CPA Canada’s development of influential, thought leading resources and events that improve board performance. Gigi launched the governance discipline at CPA Canada to facilitate enhanced board and executive response to market demands. Recently she has been actively involved with CPA Canada’s initiative to reimagine the future of the accounting profession with particular attention on data governance. Her history includes consulting in organizational development in a variety of industries.

Gigi is a board member of Youthdale Treatment Centres. She also sits on the advisory board of Simon Fraser University’s Next Generation Governance Project, the Advisory Committee of the Canada Climate Law Initiative and the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Human Capital Committee. She is a past board member of Active Healthy Kids Canada and Family Daycare Services Toronto and was co-chair of the ICGN’s Corporate Board Governance Committee. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the International Corporate Governance Network.

Gigi obtained a Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School. She teaches Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in the Master of Financial Accountability program at York University.

Gigi Dawe

Satoko Hoshino

Satoko Hoshino

Satoko Hoshino
Japan Shareholder Services

Satoko Hoshino has been a Senior Analyst with the Research and Advisory Division of Japan Shareholder Services, an IR/shareholder relations advisory firm, since 2019.

Previously she was a consultant in the Financial Services Risk Advisory Division of Deloitte Japan from 2016 to 2019. Before Deloitte, she held various investment management positions at Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking from 1996 to 2016.

She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Masters in Finance from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Jana Jevcakova

Jana Jevcakova
Morrow Sodali

Jana advises companies on all aspects of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices and disclosures. She is one of Asia Pacific’s leading experts in corporate governance, executive remuneration, sustainability and proxy research, with deep expertise in engaging with Australian and overseas boards of directors and executives. Jana was previously Director of Research, Australia for leading global proxy advisor, CGI Glass Lewis, where she advised many large domestic and institutional investors. Prior to that, Jana was a financial advisor. She has a Masters of Professional Accounting and Masters of Commerce in Funds Management from the University of NSW, and a Graduate Degree in Finance, Banking & Investments from the Technical University of Slovakia. Jana is a FSA credential holder (SASB) and is GRI certified.

Jana Jevcakova

Ruth Wilkinson

Ruth Wilkinson

Ruth Wilkinson
Institution of Occupational Health and Safety

Ruth is the Head of Health and Safety (Policy and Operations) at the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). Ruth’s role is one of public policy, advocacy and regulatory engagement on occupational health and safety matters within the UK and Globally on behalf of IOSH. The role also involves collaboration and attendance at various meetings, including the British Standards Institute HS/1 committee and TC/283, presenting at conferences, webinars and branches (including the IOSH conference in 2018 and 2019), representing IOSH at the CSHS Global Summit on sustainability, writing articles to support occupational safety and health advocacy and good OSH management and IOSH policy positions.

Ruth also provides occupational health and safety professional leadership to all levels of staff, supporting and advising top management, management teams, employees, volunteers and contractors across all of IOSH’s work activities, delivers IOSH training internally (IOSH Managing Safely, IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing, IOSH Working Safely and IOSH Managing Safely Refresher), and is responsible for the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (working towards ISO 45001:2018). More recently, Ruth has led on the internal development of the IOSH Sustainability Policy and Strategy, as well as being active member of the IOSH campaign group for the development of the human capital and sustainability campaign.

Ruth is also a volunteer in her own time for IOSH (as a member rather than an employee) and supports with category transfer audits, peer review interviews, mentoring and as a technical advisor on content being produced for the membership.

Ruth’s journey into health and safety started in 2000 and since then a BSc, MSc and CMIOSH has been achieved along the way.

Massimo Menchini

Massimo Menchini
Assogestioni

 Director of Institutional Relations and Corporate Governance at Assogestioni, Chairman of the EFAMA’s Working Group on Corporate Governance and Member of EU Commission Expert Group on Technical Aspects of Corporate Governance Processes.

Born in Rome on May 2, 1973, Massimo graduated in Law from  “La Sapienza” University in Rome, discussing a dissertation on business law with prof. Berardino Libonati. He obtained also a master from ISLE on science and techniques of legislation. In Assogestioni since 2002, today Massimo is Director of institutional relations and corporate governance. He is Chairman of the Working Group on Corporate Governance of the EFAMA - the European Federation of Asset Management Associations and Member of EU Commission Expert Group on Technical Aspects of Corporate Governance Processes. Massimo is also Secretary of Assogestioni’s Corporate Governance Committee, Secretary of the Investment Managers’ Committee and board member of the Management Committee of the Italian Compensation Scheme. 

Massimo

Hideto Nishitani

Hideto Nishitani

Hideto Nishitani

Virtuous Capital

Hideto Nishitani is former CEO of ORIX Corporation USA and Senior Managing Executive Officer of ORIX Corporation in Japan (NYSE ‘IX’), where he led Principal Financial Investments and Asset Management in the Americas for ORIX Corporation. In his 36-year career with ORIX in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Japan, and the United States, he acquired international business acumen. He distilled a disciplined philosophy in investment, management, and governance. As a member of the management board of ORIX headquartered in Tokyo,  he helped implement ORIX’s global business strategy in Asset Management Industry, where ORIX owns a Dutch Asset Management Company, Robeco. He is also a former board member of Houlihan Lokey Inc (NYSE ‘HLI’), a leading global investment bank in the middle market. His expertise through management experience and board involvement includes business ethics, purpose and culture, stakeholder relations, anti-corruption, and corporate risk oversight.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) with the credential of NACD Directorship Certification and an active member of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at University of Texas, Dallas. For his interest in the comparative research of Corporate Governance, he is also a member of the Japan Association of Corporate Directors. He writes his opinions on Social News Media in Japan on the topics of ESG and Corporate Governance. He launched an advisory firm, Virtuous Capital, in 2020 as the founder with the vision of helping businesses create sustainable long-term value for the stakeholders by focusing on building constructive stakeholder relations. For his philanthropic activities, he sits on the advisory board for non-profit organizations in the US to provide oversight on charitable activities for a good cause in society. He received MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Certified Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan.

Miekela Singh

Miekela Singh
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Miekela works at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, as a Principle, Corporate Governance in the Total Fund Management department. She has a deep interest in governance, strategy and culture which she leverages in support of responsible investing. Miekela devotes much of her time to stewardship activities including public company engagements, supporting the proxy voting function, and provides insight and input into regulatory and policy development. Her thematic work focuses on human rights and human capital management where she supports the development of tools including frameworks and diligence efforts. She is a member of the CII Corporate Governance Advisory Council, and is a member of the Pension Investment Association of Canada’s (PIAC) Investment Stewardship Committee.

Miekela is called to the bar in Ontario. Miekela is the Chair of the Immigrant Working Centre (IWC) in Hamilton, ON and sits on the Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) a not‐for‐profit boards in Toronto, ON. Prior to law school, Miekela completed her MSc at the London School of Economics in Global Governance.

Miekela Singh

JN Gupta

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JN Gupta
Stakeholders Empowerment Services Private Ltd.

Mr. Gupta is the Founder and Managing Director of Stakeholders Empowerment Services (SES), a not for profit corporate governance research and advisory firm (Proxy Advisory). He has over 44 years of diversified professional experience in public and private sector including two terms with securities market regulator (SEBI) in India. In his first stint with SEBI (1994-96), Mr. Gupta was the Division Chief of Primary and Secondary Market Division. He re-joined SEBI in July 2009 as Executive Director for a two-year term and was in charge of Market Regulations, Surveillance, Derivatives and New Products departments. Mr Gupta is a B Tech (Electrical Engineering.) from IIT Kanpur (1977), CAIIB (1984), and Certified Financial Analyst, ICFAI (1991). He is a member of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).

Mr. Gupta is also a member of Primary Market Advisory Committee of SEBI and former member of Secretarial Standard Board – Institute of Companies Secretary India, Member of Corporate Governance committee (Kotak Committee) constituted by SEBI & Committee constituted by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, to review rules relating to Companies Act 2013.

Mr. Gupta works pro bono in Stakeholders Empowerment Services since inception.

Michael Herskovich

Michael Herskovich
BNP Paribas Asset Management

Michael is the Global Head of Stewardship within the Sustainability Centre. He is working within BNPP AM since 2008.

He is in charge of the elaboration and implementation of the stewardship policy, which includes voting and engagement. He also plays a critical role in the design, development and implementation of BNPP AM’s Global Sustainability Strategy and is a key driver for the firm’s ESG research and integration, as well as SRI analysis. He is also member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).  

His wider industry activity includes being a Chair of the “Corporate Governance” committee at the French Association of Asset Managers (AFG) and Chair of the International Corporate Governance Committee at the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).  He is also member of the “Oversight committee” of the Best Practice Principles (BPP) and member of the “Shareholder rights” committee and the “Global Network of Investor Associations ‘GNIA’ committee” at the ICGN.

He holds others membership such as the Responsible Investment committee « at the French Association of Asset Managers (AFG), and the “Grand prix jury of the general meetings” in France.

Michael previously worked as a jurist between 2006 and 2008 and was in charge of proxy voting for the Fonds de Reserve des Retraites (French back-up pension fund) in Paris.

He graduated from the University of Paris XI (France) and has a master degree of Corporate and business law (2008).

Michael Herskovich