JAMES GIFFORD | finance, policy
James Gifford is Executive Director of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and has been guiding the initiative since its inception in November 2003. He worked with UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact leading the PRI drafting process, and after the launch and the establishment of the Secretariat in 2006, became its first Executive Director. He has a PhD from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and corporate governance performance and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews.
James also has a background in IT and environmental protection. He has degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Queensland, and a Master’s of Environment Management from the University of New South Wales. He was named in 2010 by the World Economic Forum as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.