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Founder & Managing Director
Miguel Santisteve, M.B.A. and Law graduate, is an industry expert on how Sustainable and Responsible Investors (SRI) are integrating companies’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) indicators in their investment decisions and their engagement with listed companies. Miguel has worked in the Investor Relations advisory space since 2008.
He is the Founder and Managing Director at Leaders Arena Limited.
Prior to that, he was an Associate Director for Nasdaq Advisory Services and previously an Operations Manager at Thomson Reuters’ content-research division following earlier analyst roles in the company from 1999.
Miguel is a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (NSFM) and his articles are regularly featured by media outlets such as CNBC, The Guardian, Environmental Finance and IR Magazine. He has been an academic discussant during the 2015 United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) Academic Conference in London, a panellist at the 2014 UNPRI Academic Conference held in Montréal, presenting on investor engagement, and represented the corporate sector at the 2014 Environmental Finance round-table on climate change. Miguel has presented at numerous Investor Relations events in recent years such as those organised by the London Stock Exchange, IR Club conference in Frankfurt and the Helsinki Stock Exchange about the opportunity for companies to enhance ESG communication with investors.
Heather is our in-house SASB expert, a Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential-holder, with a deep knowledge of the approach and application to linking material sustainability information to financial performance. Former Head of Sustainable Investing and Governance policy at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), Heather brings 17 years of Financial Services Experience, with 10 of those specific to ESG/Sustainability.
In her previous role at GSAM, Heather led and carried out corporate engagement for hundreds of issuers across ESG and proxy voting topics. She also led the design of an ESG evaluation system and coordinated its integration across a Fundamental Equity investment platform. Her ESG research projects on thematic topics brought further actionable insights for internal and external constituents.
Heather's other Financial Services experience includes product management and portfolio administration.
Senior ESG Consultant
Chris is an industry expert on how investors assess companies on material ESG issues and is a thought leader on corporate governance, engagement and proxy voting. He also has extensive knowledge of the key ESG ratings agencies’ methodologies.
In his previous role as Vice President and Corporate Governance Specialist at Moody’s Investors Service (MIS), Chris was responsible for leading MIS’s corporate governance analysis and corporate engagement. He won a number of Moody’s research awards for authoring timely and original research on topics including shareholder activism, executive compensation, and risk oversight, and was quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Bloomberg.
Chris’s previous experience includes designing corporate governance education programs for senior executives and corporate directors and leading non-US proxy voting research at IRRC, now part of ISS.
Based in the US, Chris enjoys helping companies understand investor priorities and improve their ESG communication.
MARINA STEFANOVA, PhD
Senior CSR Consultant
Marina, PhD graduate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Master in Law, has led a number of high-profile regional projects working with companies on behalf of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative which seeks to align businesses’ strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
In recent years she has received a number of awards in the field of CSR such as the ‘Sustainable development - information and knowledge transfer’ award (2013, Coalition for Sustainable Development) and the ‘Local Network Award for Most Collaborative Network’ (2012, UNGC).
Marina has been a CSR lecturer and visiting professor at the Higher School for Insurance and Finance, Vienna University, Sofia University and New Bulgarian University having studied at Sofia University and Cambridge University.
Her passion for social justice and for improving the lives of young people in the community was recognised in 2015 with a ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Program’ award nomination, which serves to formally recognize socially responsible leaders.