The SRI Conference is an inclusive ecosystem of diverse stakeholders — including financial advisors, investment professionals, researchers, members of mission-driven organizations, and others — who share a common interest in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing.
Michelle Edkins is a managing director at BlackRock and global head of its investment stewardship team. Michelle is responsible for over 30 specialists who represent BlackRock’s asset management clients in corporate engagement and proxy voting. She also serves on the firm’s Global Operating, Human Capital and Government Relations Steering Committees. An active participant in the public corporate governance debate, she has been named to the NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions for the past seven years. She is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program and a former chair of the board of governors of the International Corporate Governance Network. She currently participates in a number of industry initiatives to enhance governance and sustainable business practices. These include the U.S. chapter of the 30% Club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Investor Advisory Group and the CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. An economist by training, Michelle has also worked in the UK in a number of investment stewardship-related roles and in government roles in her native New Zealand.
Dan Esty directs the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the advisory board of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale, which he founded in 2006. From 2011 to 2014, Professor Esty served as head (commissioner) of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Professor Esty is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles on sustainability and environmental issues. He is the author (with Andrew Winston) of the prize winning book, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. Prior to his position at Yale, Professor Esty was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and practiced law. He holds his JD from Yale Law School, an MA from Balliol College at Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an AB from Harvard College.
Jeremy Grantham co-founded GMO in 1977 and is a member of GMO’s Asset Allocation team, serving as the firm’s chief investment strategist. He is a member of the GMO Board of Directors and has also served on the investment boards of several non-profit organizations. Prior to GMO’s founding, Mr. Grantham was co-founder of Batterymarch Financial Management in 1969 where he recommended commercial indexing in 1971, one of several claims to being first. He began his investment career as an economist with Royal Dutch Shell. Mr. Grantham earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, holds a CBE from the UK and is a recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy.