WDI Advisory Group
The WDI Advisory Group provides strategic advice and direction to the WDI, with the common goal of ensuring the WDI is effective and has impact. The group supports the WDI through the provision of additional knowledge, understanding and strategic thinking connected to corporate and in particular workforce reporting. In addition, the group also supports the management as well as the promotion of the WDI.
Chirag Mehta is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Quantum Asset Management Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantum Advisors. He joined the Quantum group in 2006 and has 2 decades of experience in the field of alternative investment strategies. He currently manages the Quantum India ESG Equity Fund, first Indian ESG fund that was built based on a proprietary ESG framework. Additionally, he also manages a few funds in the alternative investments space.
Chirag is part of a government led task force to contribute on enhancing Sustainable Finance in India. He is also an active member of CDP India – Sustainable Finance working group. He is also a member of Green Finance Leadership Initiative, a voluntary collective created by Climate policy initiative and Ckinetics, that aims to Advance the efforts towards contextualizing green in relation to national priorities on low-carbon pathways. He is also a member of “The Lab”. He is regularly invited to share views on Sustainability from an investment perspective at various public and private forums including one hosted by the CFA Institute.
Chirag has been formerly ranked as the 4th best Fund Manager in the world under the age of 40 by Citywire in 2017. He is a qualified CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) and has also completed his Master’s in Management Studies (MBA) in Finance. Chirag is regularly featured in media and also invited to speak at international and domestics conferences on sustainability and asset allocation.
Deepshikha Singh is the Head of Stewardship and Deputy Head of Sustainable Investment Research at La Francaise Asset Management. She has over 12 years of professional experience across ESG research, portfolio management, trading and technology in UK, France and India. She is a career generalist with a passion towards investing and sustainability, specialising in human capital, and biodiversity as themes and sector-wise focus on technology and healthcare. In her current role, she is co-responsible for the Human Capital approach at La Francaise and also leads the firms’ Stewardship and engagement efforts across the entire asset management business.
Ruban helps global companies and campaign groups win the support they need to create positive social and environmental impact. He founded FGS Global's sustainable business practice and has helped a wide range of organisations lunch their strategies, improve their reporting, build coalitions and advocate for change. Ruban joined FGS from BHP, where he was head of international communications. He is a founding trustee of the Museum of Homelessness and has been recognised as one of the UK's leading communications advisors by PR Week and City AM.
Luda Svystunova is a Senior ESG Analyst at Amundi Asset Management focussing on the technology and media sectors, as well as social issues. She joined Amundi from Ardevora Asset Management. Prior to working in asset management, Luda was a Lecturer in International Management at Loughborough University London where she remains a Visiting Fellow. She has experience of working in consulting, development institutions and think tanks and holds a PhD in Management from the University of Bath.
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of over US$130 trillion, CDP leverage investor power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. In addition, CDP represents the purchasing power of over 100 corporations with aggregate purchasing spend of over $4 trillion. In response to this enormous authority, over 13000 large companies representing over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed data regarding climate change as well as other environmental data through CDP in 2020. This is in addition to the over 1000 major cities, states and regions disclosed through, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. Paul previously co-founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Design and EyeNetwork, which was the largest videoconference booking service in Europe.
He has served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications including the book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall. The book introduced the concept of sustainability product marketing which is growing in significance as a force in contemporary commerce.
Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation. He is a co-presenter of the leading climate change podcast in the world: ‘Outrage and Optimism’ with Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, with over 3 million downloads.
Caroline Rees is President and Co-Founder of Shift, a non-profit organization with the mission to build a world in which business gets done with respect for people’s dignity and equality. Caroline oversees the organization’s strategy and thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing respect for human rights in business practices. In recent years, she has focused on corporate reporting as a catalyst for better human rights risk management, and on improving the data and methods used to evaluate companies’ social performance as part of ESG (environmental, social and governance) analysis. She has written and spoken extensively on the relevance of business respect for human rights to movements that seek to advance sustainability, equality, ESG investing, stakeholder capitalism, and human and social capital.
Caroline previously spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2003 to 2006 she led the UK's human rights negotiating team at the United Nations and chaired the negotiations to establish the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights. After Kofi Annan appointed Professor John Ruggie to that role, Caroline moved to work with John as lead advisor, and was centrally involved in the drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the UN endorsed in 2011. From 2009 to 2011 Caroline was also Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative, and she remains a Senior Program Fellow there. Caroline is a Commissioner on the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Investor Alliance on Human Rights, the Advisory Group to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, the Global Council of the ESG Exchange, and the Advisory Panel of the Capitals Coalition.
Matthias Narr is Head Engagement International at Ethos in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for the management of the EEP International dialogue programme and Ethos’ international engagement activities. Matthias Narr joined Ethos as a Senior Engagement Specialist in March 2017. He is member of the PRI’s Stewardship Advisory Committee.
Matthias Narr studied Political Science, Economic History and International Law at the University of Zurich and the University of Paris X and holds a master’s degree.
Before joining Ethos, Matthias Narr worked as an Engagement Specialist in Robeco’s Active Ownership department in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Previously, Matthias Narr had been a manager in SAM’s Sustainability Services team in Zurich, Switzerland.