Editors & Contributors
Stephanie is a researcher at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Her thesis is about identifying obstacles in the investment chain when it comes to ESG integration. She is researching why responsible investment is not more mainstream, since the business case has been proven. Her focus is on asset owners, asset managers and (portfolio) companies in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. In addition, she looks at the ESG rating and ranking industry and the reporting fatigue this causes among companies. Another paper she wrote looks at the diffusion of responsible investment among asset owners. Stephanie holds an MSc in Finance & Investments (Cum Laude and Honours) from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
John has been CEO of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) since its formation in 2009. John leads IHRB’s global strategy, fundraising, and outreach. John previously directed the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights; was head of public affairs for The Body Shop International; and before this worked in the field of refugee protection (in relation to the former Yugoslavia and on issues of human trafficking).
Paige Morrow is head of Brussels Operations at Frank Bold, a purpose-driven law firm. The firm leads the Purpose of the Corporation Project, which invites businesses, academics, policymakers, and civil society to debate the future of publicly traded companies. Recent publications include “Corporate Governance for a Changing World: Report of a Global Roundtable Series” and “Revisioning the Corporation: A Short Guide to Sustainable Corporate Governance”
Professor Paul Moxey is recognised as an innovator and thought leader on governance and risk. Following a career as a professional accountant, chief financial officer, company secretary, management consultant, director and 13 years as head of corporate governance and risk management at ACCA, he now provides executive education and advisory services to the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors. Paul works with boards and executive teams in assessing and improving their culture, governance and risk management practices to improve organisational performance and resilience. He has spoken at numerous events all over the world, written many publications and participated on many international technical groups.
Kieran Moynihan is managing partner of Board Excellence, and an experienced chairman and leading thinker in the area of board dynamics and performance. He has more than 18 years' experience serving on boards as a CEO executive director, non-executive director and chairman, and is currently the chairman of a number of internationally focused companies across a number of industry sectors. Kieran has written and presented extensively on the unique challenges of achieving a high-performance board of directors, and he supports boards in companies, organisations and non-profits in Ireland, the UK and Europe.
Paris is a responsible investment analyst who started his career as an environmental scientist before moving into the realm of corporate sustainability. As the sustainability executive for a leading FM services provider he was responsible for the company's sustainability and social impact programmes. During this time, Paris gained a comprehensive knowledge of ESG issues including ethical supply chains, diversity and inclusion and resource management.
George Murray is a climate change and sustainability specialist and senior professional support lawyer at Slaughter and May. He has a focus on sustainability reporting, the transition to net zero, and human rights. Previously, he was a government lawyer in the Attorney General’s Office, leading on its response to the Coronavirus Act 2020, Brexit litigation, and the rule of law as it relates to parliamentary Bills, having been at BEIS advising on public law risks relating to heat, energy and climate change.
Kamyar Naficy is the founder and principal of KNECTCOMMS, a strategic communications consultancy to the financial services and fintech sector and to private clients and family offices with a connection to the sector. Kamyar is a communications strategist and consultant with over 20 years’ experience advising businesses, family offices and private clients. Having lived and worked in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, Kamyar has a global perspective and a broad international network in business, media and finance. Prior to moving into consultancy, Kamyar worked in senior marketing and communications roles at JP Morgan, London Stock Exchange Group and UniCredit. Earlier in his career, he was a financial analyst in investment banking and a business analyst in management consulting. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cambridge University.
Dr. Vikram Nanda joined the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas in 2015. He previously held academic positions at Rutgers University, Georgia Tech, Arizona State University, The University of Michigan and The University of Southern California. Nanda has broad research interests with a focus on corporate finance and financial institutions. His work seeks to explain the attributes and performance of financial institutions.
The Secret Ned
The Secret Ned is a current British board director with 30 years’ experience, who has worked on boards in the FTSE250, small-cap companies and private, family-owned businesses.
Stilpon Nestor is managing director of Nestor Advisors Ltd, a London-based consultancy he founded in 2003 focusing on corporate governance and organisation. In this capacity, he has advised the boards of some of the largest financial institutions and companies in the EU as well as in several MENA and other emerging markets, including the UAE. Until March 2002, Stilpon was head of the corporate affairs division at the OECD, leading the team which produced the global corporate governance benchmark, the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. A regular public speaker on various aspects of governance, Stilpon has participated in events organised by, among others, the Institute of International Finance, the European Securities Market Authority, the OECD, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the UK PRA and the London Stock Exchange. He has a legal background and holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (1983).
Hannah Netherton is a partner in CMS’s employment team. Hannah advises businesses on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, with particular expertise in handling employee competition disputes and breaches of confidentiality. She also regularly advises on difficult senior and board level exits and handles sensitive workplace investigations. Many of her clients are regulated, particularly in financial services and life sciences.