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David Pitt-Watson
Former Co-Chair at UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative


David Pitt-Watson is a leading thinker, campaigner and practitioner in the field of responsible investment. He has been a leader in helping ensure accounting standards reflect the challenge of global warming.

He was Co-Founder, and former CEO of Hermes Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service, which became the largest responsible investment group of any institutional fund manager in the world.

During his career he has been deeply involved in policy, and has led numerous initiatives to improve the performance of the financial system. He chaired the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative in the run up to the Paris Climate Conference.

He was Visiting Pembroke Professor, and now a Fellow at Cambridge University. His books have been translated into five languages.

He currently advises Sarasin Fund Managers, and is advisory chair of Ownership Capital. He was an Independent Non-Executive at KPMG, Treasurer of Oxfam and chaired the NESTA Endowment Fund.

Agenda Sessions

  • Achieving the 2030 global goals