Linda Eling-Lee Bio


As Global Head of ESG and Climate Research, Linda-Eling Lee oversees all ESG- and Climate-related content and methodology. MSCI is the largest provider of ESG Ratings and analytics to global institutional investors. Linda leads one of the largest teams of research analysts in the world who are dedicated to identifying risks and opportunities arising from material Climate and ESG issues. She and her team have been widely recognized as the best Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)/Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) researchers by market surveys and awards. Linda is also a member of MSCI’s Executive Committee.

Linda joined MSCI in 2010 following the acquisition of RiskMetrics, where she led ESG ratings research and was head of consumer sector analysis. Linda joined RiskMetrics Group in 2009 through the acquisition of Innovest. Prior to joining Innovest, Linda was the Research Director at the Center for Research on Corporate Performance, developing academic research at Harvard Business School into management tools to drive long-term corporate performance. Previously, she was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group in Europe and in Asia, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients in industries ranging from beverages to telecommunications.

Linda received her A.B. from Harvard University, M.St. from Oxford and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard.

Linda serves as a member of the board of directors of US SIF. She has published research in both management and investment practitioner journals, as well as in top academic peer-reviewed journals. Linda was named one of the Top 100 Women in Finance by Barron’s in 2019 and 2021. She was voted #1 for an Individual Making the Most Positive Overall Contribution to Sustainable Investment / Corporate Governance in 2018 and 2019 by Extel/IRRI. Linda is a frequent media commentator on Climate, ESG and sustainable investing in outlets including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The New York Times.

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