Boston Common Asset Management
Lauren Compere is a Managing Director and the Director of Shareowner Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management, a majority-employee-owned and woman-led investment management firm specializing in U.S. and international responsible investing. Ms. Compere heads Boston Common’s shareholder engagement program. She has worked in the responsible investment industry for almost 30 years and has 18 years of experience in global responsible investing. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia and a guest contributor to the Huffington Post and Medium.
Ms. Compere sits on the Governing Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and previously served as Treasurer. She also sits on the board of the Access to Nutrition Foundation (Netherlands). In addition she serves on the Steering Committee for the Investor Alliance for Human Rights (an ICCR project), the Business Ethics and Systemic Risk Committee for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and was previously a board-alternate for the Global Network Initiative. Ms. Compere was Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) and co-lead for the EMDP Korean team (2009-2012).
Since 2014 Ms. Compere has led a multi-year global investor engagement “Banking on a Low Carbon Future” which has benchmarked the performance of 60 banks on climate risk, strategy, and funding climate adaption and mitigation through the creation of new metrics, reports, and active engagement. Lastly she sits on the Strategy and Design Team of the Climate Safe Lending Network.
Rupert Krefting is Head of Corporate Finance and Stewardship. Rupert qualified as a chartered accountant then worked in investment banking for more than two decades, before joining M&G over 5 years ago in 2016. Rupert leads our climate engagement programme and externally represents M&G with the following associations :
- Member of the Investment Association’s Stewardship Committee and Chairs the Corporate Reporting and Audit Group.
- Institutional Investors for Global Climate change (IIGCC) – sits on the Corporate. Programme Advisory Group and Net Zero Stewardship Group.
- Climate Action 100+ - co-lead on BASF and Rio Tinto.
- Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).
- International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)- chairs the Natural Capital Committee.
Japan Shareholder Services
Tatsuya Imade is a Special Adviser of Japan Shareholder Services, ltd. (“JSS”) where he developed and oversaw Research and Advisory business helping hundreds of Japanese listed companies on Investor /Shareholder Communications and Corporate Governance as a Managing Executive Officer.
JSS, founded in 2005 as a Joint Venture between Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Computershare, is a uniquely positioned professional service firm specializing in communication between Issuers and Global Investors with its knowledge and experiences in Capital Markets, Asset Management, and ESG (with emphasis on Corporate Governance). At present, JSS is wholly owned by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking. JSS aims to be the best communication bridge between Japanese Companies and Responsible Investors
Prior to joining JSS as a founding member, Tatsuya was a Chief Consultant of Global Capital Markets/Corporate Governance at UFJ Institute where he built Research and Advisory business on institutional shareholder relations while undertaking various research projects on capital markets and corporate governance, including Alternative Investments, Asian Bond Initiative, and Corporate Governance in Asia. In 1990’s, he was engaged in International Investment Banking business in New York City at Yamaichi Securities until he returned to Tokyo in 1998.
His coauthored books in Japan includes “Companies that carry out dialogues with Shareholders”(2013) , “Intelligible CSR”(2005), Etc.
He had been an ICGN member from 1998 to 2008 and served its Shareholder Rights Committee from 2005 to 2008 and rejoined ICGN in 2012.
He organized and moderated the following breakout sessions in ICGN Tokyo events:
ESG Integration in Japan (2018)
Globalizing Japan (2019)
Tatsuya enjoys playing and composing music in his Jazzy-Pop band where he plays guitars.
Universities Superannuation Scheme
Philipp joined the Responsible Investment team at Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) in 2019 to focus on stewardship activities and the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in the scheme’s public and private market portfolios. Prior to joining USS, he worked as an ESG Consultant for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and as an ESG analyst for Vigeo Eiris. Philipp sits also on the Investment Committee of the Dutch governance platform Eumedion and the Analyst Committee of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF). He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London and the CFA UK Level 4 Diploma in Investment Management (IMC & ESG).
Sawan Kumar joined Evenlode in 2017 and is the Head of Stewardship. He is responsible for providing ongoing analyses of companies from an ESG perspective and managing Evenlode’s voting and engagement activity. He also oversees Evenlode’s philanthropic endeavours, managing the firm’s charity portfolio. The portfolio looks to work with charities that look to address global problems in themes such as the climate, nature, poverty and inequality. His previous roles have been working for Computershare in Adelaide, Australia, as a Governance Analyst at Schroders and a Proxy Voting Analyst at Hermes EOS. Sawan graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Finance and is qualified from the Governance Institute of Australia in Governance and Risk Management. He has completed the Climate-related Financial Risk Course from Oxford University.
Ramon Pueyo Viñuales
Ramon Pueyo Viñuales
Ramon has a background in economics and is a Certified EFFAS Environmental Social and Governance Analyst and a lecturer at the CEESGA Programme. He is an also a lecturer on sustainability and on social psychology and behavioral economics applied to corporate governance and compliance.
He has over twenty-three years’ experience in sustainability. He is the Head of Sustainability and Corporate Governance for KPMG in Spain, where he joined in 2005. Prior to that he was Head of Research for ECODES, an Spanish non profit, and the first Spanish ESG research institution. During that period, he worked for several of the most significant ESG rating agencies and, amongst others, became a member of both the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative and of the Executive Committee of the UN Global Compact in Spain. He also participated in the launch of the first SRI investment fund presented in Spain.
Since joining KPMG, Ramón has participated in hundreds of engagements to assist companies define their approach to sustainability. In particular, Ramón has substantial experience in working with boards of directors of listed companies on corporate governance and ESG issues. This involves, roughly speaking, training, assisting in self-evaluations and also helping boards define their roadmap with regard to ESG.
He is regularly invited as a speaker to sustainability events. He has been a lecturer on microeconomics, is a regular contributor to the media and is the co-author of “Lobos Capitalistas. Historias de Éxito y Locura”, a non-fiction book on behavioural economics published in 2010.
Catherine Simard is Director, Stewardship Investing at CDPQ. The Stewardship Investing group ensures that environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are considered in investment analyses and engages with portfolio companies on these issues.
Prior to joining CDPQ, Catherine was advising public companies on corporate governance and securities law matters at Norton Rose Fulbright, an international law firm.
She holds a law degree from McGill University and a master’s degree in international business law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was awarded the law department prize for best overall mark. She sits on the executive committee of the Institute of Corporate Director’s Quebec Chapter.
Christoph Wenk Bernasconi is a Partner at SWIPRA Services AG and Senior Researcher at the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich. Christoph is a founding member of SWIPRA, a strategic corporate governance consultancy and think tank, and responsible for the scientific approach of its projects and analyses. He is co-author of the SWIPRA Considerations for Corporate Governance and of the SFI Whitepaper on corporate governance. He is conducting empirical research and lectures in the field of corporate governance, sustainability and corporate finance. After the successful completion of his coursework in the PhD program of the Swiss National Bank in Gerzensee, Christoph Wenk wrote his thesis in the field of empirical corporate finance and graduated in spring 2013. His research expertise is in the empirical analysis, in particular on topics of corporate governance and corporate finance as well as corporate valuation.
Norges Bank Investment Management
Séverine Neervoort is a senior analyst at Norges Bank Investment Management. She is responsible for the fund’s engagement with international organisations, policy-makers and standard-setters globally. Her focus is on sustainability, responsible investment and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, Séverine worked in the government and regulatory affairs department of an investment bank. She started her career in a public affairs firm in Brussels, where she built their financial services practice. Séverine holds a Master’s degree in international relations and politics from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris.
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
Alison is Vice President, Responsible Investment at Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) based in Alberta, Canada. . Alison co-chairs the shareholder responsibility committee of ICGN, is a co-founder of GRESB Infrastructure and chairs its advisory board. Alison sits on committees for UNPRI, G7 ILN, CSA Sustainability Taxonomy, CCGG, PIAC and SASB. Alison is a published author: The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment (2017) and co-authored ICGN’s Guidance on Diversity (2016) and ICGN’s Guidance on Fiduciary Duty (2018). She has taught modules for the Institute of Corporate Directors and the ILN’s Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship. Alison has spoken on RI at the United Nations & various events for PRI, RIA, ICGN, Globe, FEI, CFA, CPA, IREI, CCLI & Cambridge, amongst others.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management
Seiji is a senior stewardship Officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management with strong global experience based in Tokyo, NYC, London, Luxemburg as a global equities portfolio manager. He has built ESG capabilities at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, and now at its subsidiary AUM of over USD750 billion after the reorganization in October 2018. Currently, Seiji is responsible for stewardship oversight of global institutional investment assets such as public funds, private Pension funds. Also he is actively involved in various global engagement projects, being a steering committee member at CA100+, Committee member of PRI IPDD (The Investor Policy Dialogue on Deforestation) a member of investor group 30% club Japan.
He was a part-time lecturer at graduate school of Tokyo University and is a visiting fellow at Reading University, Henley Business school.