taking it from the top: governance 

THURSDAY, 1 nOVEMBER

2:00-3:15PM

Location: Devon

 

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Moderator: Joe Keefe, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds

Conversation Starters:

Anjali Bansal, Avaana Capital

Tamsin Jones, The BoardRoom Africa

Jameela Pedicini, Perella Weinberg Partners

Session Description:

How can diverse leadership teams change the discussion and implement action to address gender equality in the workplace; not just gender diversity, but better policies, programs, and outcomes? Join us to discuss ways female board members can be more impactful, how male board members can become champions of gender equality, and, together, how can they bring intentionality to changing board behavior, company behavior, and company culture. What is the role of institutional investors in not only influencing board composition but also these more substantive—and potentially more profound—outcomes?

Bios:

 Joe Keefe

Joe Keefe

 Anjali Bansal

Anjali Bansal

 Tamsin Jones

Tamsin Jones

 Jameela Pedicini

Jameela Pedicini

Joe Keefe is President and CEO of Pax World Funds (“Pax”) and President of its investment adviser, Impax Asset Management LLC, formerly Pax World Management LLC, as well as CEO of its majority-owned subsidiary, Pax Ellevate Management LLC. An advocate for...

...investing in women, Joe has written and spoken widely on the critical role that gender diversity plays in long-term business success. Under Joe’s leadership, Pax launched the Pax Global Women’s Leadership Index, the first index consisting of the highest-rated companies in the world for advancing women’s leadership, and the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, the first mutual fund to invest in the highest-rated companies in the world for advancing women’s leadership. He was one of the founders of the Thirty Percent Coalition and the first chair of its institutional investor committee, whose work has led to women joining over 180 previously non-diverse boards. He was former Chair of the Board of Women Thrive Alliance, a global network of over 300 member organizations working to achieve gender equality, and Co-Chair of the Leadership Group for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint program of the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women. In 2014, he was honored at the United Nations with the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award. Joe has been named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” five times, and the Financial Times named him one of its 10 “top feminist men,” for his work helping women succeed in business and beyond. In 2016, Joe was named the University of New Hampshire’s “Social Innovator of the Year” and received the Global Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. In 2018, Barron’s magazine named him one of the “20 Most Influential People in Sustainable Investing” for his work advancing gender equality.

Anjali Bansal is Founder of Avaana Capital, non Executive Person Dena Bank. Avaana is a platform that invests in the scaling up of growth stage businesses. She was previously global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE, Spencer Stuart India CEO, and strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York and India. She has also been...

...an active angel investor in India with investments in various early and growth stage consumer companies. She started her career as an engineer. She serves as non executive independent Chairperson of Dena Bank, and as independent NED on the public boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals India, Bata India Limited, Tata Power as well as Delhivery. She is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Centers, South Asia. Previously, she chaired the India board of Women's World Banking, a leading global livelihood-promoting institution and continues to be an advisor to SEWA. Anjali is committed to promoting gender inclusion. She is Chair of NITI Aayog Women Entrepreneurship Platform Investment Council and mentor to Facebook SheLeadsTech. Anjali co-founded and chaired the FICCI Center for Corporate Governance program for Women on Corporate Boards. She has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” by India’s leading publication, Business Today, and as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune India She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering and a Masters in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.

Tamsin Jones is a social entrepreneur who has been involved in the design and expansion of a string of high-social impact new initiatives in Africa, the UK and Australia and a speaker and advisor on social innovation, entrepreneurship and gender diversity. As co-founder and executive director of TheBoardroom Africa...

...she is delivering a solution to bring more exceptional female talent into the boardroom through the most extensive network of board-ready women on the continent. Tamsin is regularly consulted by corporate leaders, investors and policy makers with a focus on turning transformative ideas into reality. Her career started as a policy advisor to the Premier of South Australia and her pathway hence has been driven by a personal commitment to make a difference by building high social impact initiatives. She was a senior advisor to the leading innovator in last mile cellular and internet connectivity and the UK Government's development finance institution, CDC Group, where she contributed to the launch and expansion of The Africa List. Tamsin also partnered with the V&A Waterfront to found South Africa’s premier innovation and entrepreneurship hub, Workshop17, which is a hive for new ideas and home to 250 entrepreneurs and a coding academy. Tamsin holds an MBA from the Said Business School of the University of Oxford with a merit scholarship awarded by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Jameela Pedicini is an Executive Director at Perella Weinberg Partners and co-leads the Mission Aligned Investment efforts of the firm. She is responsible for managing client relationships with a focus on impact investing...

...and integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into Agility’s investment process. She is also a member of the Agility Investment Committee. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Jameela was the first Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Harvard Management Company, where she was responsible for leading Harvard’s sustainable investing strategy and integrating ESG issues into its investment process. She was previously an Investment Officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”), where she led the development and implementation of a variety of strategic ESG integration initiatives across the investment fund. Before working in the U.S., Jameela worked in London for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment where she led shareholder engagement initiatives between institutional investors and public companies on social issues including boardroom gender diversity, and labor practices and human rights in global supply chains. Jameela began her career as a Global Risk Analyst at Verisk Maplecroft. Jameela holds an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, an MSc from the University of Amsterdam, a B.A. from Antioch University, and the CFA Society of the UK, Investment Management Certificate. She previously served on the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in San Francisco. In her spare time, Jameela enjoys planning her next international adventure, running, and spending time with friends and family.