MSCI ESG Research convenes panels of international experts four times annually to provide feedback on key industries and relevant ESG environmental, social and governance (ESG) issue areas.

The goal of the MSCI ESG Research Thought Leader Council is to maintain our leading edge in research methodology by regularly seeking feedback and opinions from external experts. The Thought Leader Council consists of a series of four panels annually, with up to seven members on each panel. We aim to assemble international experts with recognized leadership and expertise on the topic area related to the panel.


MSCI ESG THOUGHT LEADERS COUNCIL 2016

For the second in our series of panels on corporate governance we focused on board refreshment and composition. Download the panel summary for a look at the key highlights from the panel discussion.

Board Composition and Refreshment

 

 

Michelle Edkins

Deborah Gilshan

Christianna Wood

 

BlackRock

Railpen Investments

CFA

 

 


In March 2016, we convened the first in a series of panels on corporate governance, entitled “Corporate Governance Fundamentals.” Please download the panel summary for a look at the key takeaways and discussion points.

Corporate Governance Fundamentals

 

Marina Brogi

Dr. Stephen M. Davis

Dr. Marcel Jeucken

Bess Joffe

University of Rome

Harvard Law School

PGGM

TIAA

 

Matthew Orsagh

Paul Schneider

Dr. Daniel Summerfield

 

CFA Institute

OTPP

USS

 

 

 

Thank you to our esteemed council members for your time and contributions.

MSCI ESG THOUGHT LEADERS COUNCIL 2015

In 2015, we convened panels on Sustainable Hydropower, Impact Investing and Real Estate. For insights and key takeaways, please review the panel summary.

 

ESG & Real Estate

Carlos Flores

Jane Henley

Paul McNamara

Scott Muldavin

National Australian Built Environment Rating System

World Green Building Council, Senior Advisor U.S. Green Building Council

OBE, Former Director Head of Research

Prudential Property Investment Managers

Green Building Finance Consortium

 

 

Nina Reid

Brian Wilkinson

 

 

M&G Real Estate

Green Building Council South Africa

 

 
 

 

 
Impact Investing

 

Dr. Stuart Hart

Rodolfo Fracassi

Manuel Lewin

Hannah Schiff

Cornell University

MainStreet Partners

Zurich Insurance Group

Global Impact Investing Network

 

Abhilash Mudaliar

Dr. Jake Reynolds

Hérve Guez

 

Global Impact Investing Network

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Mirova Responsible Investing

 

 
 
Sustainable Hydropower

 

Dr. Bart Wickel 

Plet Klop

Dr. Shafiqul Islam

Dr. John Matthews

Stockholm Environment Institutes

PGGM

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

 

* Panelists also included two representatives from the World Bank

 

MSCI ESG Thought Leader Council 2014

In 2014, we convened panels on Pharmaceuticals, Clean Technologies, Mining, and Privacy and Data Security. For insights and key takeaways from each panel, please review the individual panel summary or the 2014 overview document.

Pharmaceuticals

 

Dr. Peter Beyer

Dr. Henderik W.Frijlink

Christine Lebreton

Nick Maxwell

World Health Organization

University of Groningen

Natixis Asset Management

Transparency International

 

 

 

 


 


 

Dr. Afshin Mehrpouya

Mary Moran


 


 

HEC

Policy Cures


 


 

 
Clean Technologies

 

Dr. Martin Whittaker

Christian-Guillaume Marchal

Dr. Mark B. Milstein

Dr. Peter Adriaens

Sonen Capital

BeCitizen

Cornell University

University of Michigan

 
Mining

 

Dr. Kernaghan Webb

Dr. Craig Ford

James Brice

Peter Major

Ryerson University

NPB Consulting

EBS

Cadiz

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm Gray

Dr. Sacha Backes

Anne-Maree O’Connor

 

Investec

International Finance Corporation

New Zealand Superannuation Fund

 

 
Privacy and Data Security

 

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Dr. Avner Levin

Dr. Ramin Safai

Dr. Claudia Diaz

 

Ryerson University

Jefferies

KU Leuven


 

 

Thank you to all our esteemed council members who have provided input.

MSCI ESG THOUGHT LEADER COUNCIL 2014: YEAR IN REVIEW

Here we review the key takeways from the four panels convened in 2014: pharmaceuticals, clean technologies, mining, and privacy and data security.

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