Melanie Adams is vice president and head, corporate governance and responsible investment for RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM).
Previously, Melanie held various roles at RBC GAM including director, GAM strategy and fund governance and senior manager, fund governance and responsible investment. Prior to working at RBC GAM, Melanie was senior counsel, litigation for another large financial institution, and enforcement counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.
Professor Carol Adams is professor of accounting in the Business School at Durham University. She is an internationally renowned author on integrated reporting, social and environmental accounting and sustainability reporting. She is also founding editor of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal and writes on her website at www.drcaroladams.net. Carol has been involved in various global corporate reporting initiatives and is currently a member of the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability, among other committees and working groups. She has a financial audit background and holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in international corporate reporting from the University of Glasgow. Carol has held senior management positions in universities, and is an experienced non-executive director.
Noelle Ahlberg Kleiterp, MBA, IDP-C, has worked for 25 years across three continents with companies including GE, KPMG, Andersen Consulting and Atradius. Noelle owns a sole proprietorship in Singapore and serves as a board member on a non-profit organisation in Singapore.
Simon Airey is a partner in DLA Piper's corporate crime and investigations team. Simon practised as a barrister for 12 years before joining DLA Piper and has experience of a broad range of regulatory, criminal and civil litigation. He specialises in global investigations, financial and regulatory crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud inquiries, dawn raids and corporate compliance.
Habit Al-Shaer is a lecturer in accounting and finance at Newcastle University Business School, where her research interests include social and environmental accounting, sustainability reporting, corporate governance and quantitive research methods. She has published articles on audit committees and environmental disclosures; corporate governance monitoring and its effects on environmental responsibility; and analysts and their interest in corporate social responsibility disclosure.
Dean Alborough is head of ESG at Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), responsible for OMAI's ESG and Impact Investing practice. Dean implements environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Impact Investing activities throughout the investment lifecycle, and manages ESG systems and performance of OMAI’s assets.
Liri Andersson is the founder of This Fluid World, a boutique business and marketing consultancy that enables global organisations to understand, navigate and commercially exploit a changing business and marketing environment. Since its inception in 2009, This Fluid World has acted as an advisor of many global brands such as Nestlé, General Mills, Nespresso, Crédit Agricole, IKEA, Danone, and Bacardi. Liri is a guest lecturer at INSEAD’s Executive Programme, and presenter at the 2015 Global Business Leaders Conference, Abu Dhabi.
Navdeep Arora is a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter Business School, and holds an MBA from Harvard University.
Navdeep served as a senior partner of McKinsey & Company for 16 years, partner and global head of insurance strategy practice at KPMG for three years, a product manager for PepsiCo for six years, and an advisor to VC firms and digital start-ups most recently. His areas of interest are innovation, strategy, reputation management, and professional misconduct & ethics.
Susanne is associate professor in Accounting and Finance at Lund University, Sweden. She has been conducting research within the fields of accounting and finance for more than 20 years. Her main interests are corporate communication between management teams and stock-market actors, sustainability reporting, corporate social responsibility, and valuation.
Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey is an expert in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour. He has taught leadership topics at the London School of Economics Department of Management, where he was awarded his PhD, and has since gone on to launch Resource Groups Company and host the Resource Groups Podcast.
Xavier Baeten is professor of management practices at Vlerick Business School. Xavier obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University in 1991 and a Master in Tax Legislation and Accountancy from Vlerick Business School in 1992. In 2006 he established the Executive Remuneration Research Centre. Today he heads up the Vlerick Reward Centre, which has long-term collaborations with more than 40 firms that participate regularly in the centre’s workshops and take part in its research. Xavier is an independent member of various remuneration committees and teaches the course on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility in the MBAs.
Mirza is global head of governance at Aviva Investors, responsible for managing Aviva Investors’ governance function, which includes the development and oversight of voting policies and execution, related company engagement, the integration of ESG factors across the full spectrum of Aviva Investors’ assets, and the development of governance focused public policy positions.