Editors & Contributors

Mirza Baig

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.

Peter Bakker

Peter Bakker is president and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which is leading the development of the Social & Human Capital Protocol. He is also chairman of War Child, Netherlands, and vice president of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

Katharina Balazs

Dr Katharina Balazs is associate professor of leadership at the European School of Management (ESCP Europe) in Paris, France, and executive coach with the INSEAD Global Leadership Center in France and Singapore. Katharina’s expertise is in leadership communication, power and influence, women leaders, high-performance teams and board dynamics, and organisational change.

Catherine Banat

Catherine Banat is responsible for servicing RBC GAM's (Royal Bank of Canada Global Asset Management) impact investing clients. She has dedicated her career to the financial services industry and has held senior-level positions at various firms.

Roger Barker

Dr. Roger M. Barker is head of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors, and managing director of Barker and Associates, a corporate governance advisory firm. He is a UK member of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EU advisory body), senior advisor to the board of the European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa) and chairman of the ecoDa Education Programme for European Directors. Dr. Barker is honorary associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London and a visiting lecturer at Saïd Business School, Oxford, and Cass Business School, London. He is also the holder of a doctorate from Oxford University and the author of numerous books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness, including: "Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy" (Edward Elgar, 2017). A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel.

Bruce Bean

Bruce W. Bean is professor of law at Michigan State University where he teaches on diverse subjects such as doing business in transitional political systems, business enterprise and strategic international transactions. He writes on bribery and corruption, sovereign wealth funds and FIFA. Professor Bean has also worked in Russia, where he became head of corporate and foreign direct investment for Clifford Chance in Moscow.

Kamal Bechkoum

Professor Kamal Bechkoum is an experienced senior leader and academic. He is head of the School of Business and Technology, and director of the C11 Cyber Innovation Centre, at the University of Gloucestershire. Prof. Bechkoum is interested in research projects related to the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to engineering design, cybersecurity and big data analytics. He holds a PhD in Software Techniques for Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Cranfield, UK; is a Fellow of the British Computer Society; and a Chartered IT Professional.

Ruth Bender

Dr Ruth Bender is an associate professor, corporate financial strategy, at Cranfield School of Management. Ruth joined the Cranfield faculty in 1994, having completed her MBA there. Prior to this she was a partner at Grant Thornton, where latterly she specialised in corporate finance. She is a chartered accountant and was for 13 years a committee member of the ICAEW's Faculty of Finance and Management. Other outside roles have included non-executive directorships of a Health Authority and an NHS Trust, and membership of the Independent Remuneration Panels for two local authorities. Ruth’s doctorate is in executive remuneration and her research continues in corporate governance more generally. She is the author of “Corporate Financial Strategy” (4th edition, Routledge).

Angeli Benham

Angela Benham is responsible for overseeing the governance of UK companies in general retail, food & drug retail, food producers, household goods, tobacco, beverage, media, and REITs sectors. Governance covers all aspects from board succession, effectiveness, diversity, executive remuneration to their enviromental and social policies. Angela enjoys helping companies to shape their remuneration policy to meet the right balance between satisfying the needs of long term shareholders and the need to provide appropriate reward for management. Angeli is also interested to learn what the companies in my sector are doing to help alleviate the environmental and social presurres faced globally.

Morten Bennedsen

Morten Bennedsen is the André and Rosalie Hoffmann chaired professor of family enterprise at INSEAD and the academic director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1998, a Master’s degree with distinction from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Copenhagen. His area of teaching includes family business governance, corporate governance, applied microeconomics, and firm theory.

Chris Beveridge

Chris Beveridge works within the governance, risk and assurance department at Moore Stephens, where he advises and assists clients on writing information security policies and procedures, educating company staff and managing these activities.