SustainoMetric Unveils New Board of Directors to Propel Expansion and Growth as a Bespoke Sustainability Research provider

Amsterdam, 14/12/2023

SustainoMetric, a bespoke ESG research provider, is thrilled to launch its Board of Directors. The addition of the 2 independent board members – Cristiano Zazzara and Kevin Bourne, with the company’s founder and Executive Director Kanchan Mishra, brings a wealth of experience, strategic insight, and a shared commitment to driving SustainoMetric’s mission of advancing sustainability.

The board will launch in the new year, on the 1st of January 2024 and will provide an oversight on the company’s strategies, policies and sustainability, in addition to reviewing the financial statements.

“We are pleased to welcome Cristiano Zazzara and Kevin Bourne as our Independent board members.” said Kanchan Mishra, Founder/ Board Chairman. She continued “Both the directors are highly experienced in sustainable investment research and processes and hold a strong understanding of capital markets. As we grow our business and pursue our mission to expand our sustainability research services, we eagerly anticipate the positive impact they will have on our organization as we move forward together.” Lastly, she added that the new Board will also help strengthen SustainoMetric’s governance systems.

Cristiano is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Volatility & Risk Institute (VRI website) and also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is an expert in financial risk management with over 20 years’ experience at banks, government agencies, service providers, universities and think tanks. Cristiano is a former Managing Director of S&P Global Market Intelligence, where he was the Global Head of Credit Analytics and EMEA Head of Credit Risk Solutions, and also served as an Executive sponsor of the group’s Sustainable Finance (Environmental, Social and Governance) business. Earlier in his career, Cristiano held positions at MSCI-RiskMetrics, where he was the Head of Market, Credit, Counterparty Risk, and OTC Clearing for the EMEA banking sector, and Global Head of Credit Advisory for Buy-side and Sell-side Institutions. His extensive experience also includes strategic roles as Managing Director in Unicredit Group’s Research & Strategy Unit, as well as Managing Director at Capitalia Banking Group, and General Manager at the Italian Association of Banking and Finance (ASSONEBB).

Cristiano stated: “I am pleased to have been appointed to the board of SustainoMetric as an Independent Director. With a team of seasoned professionals, SustainoMetric has been helping empower financial market participants with high quality sustainability research for the past several years. I look forward to leveraging my insights and experiences to enable SustainoMetric achieve even greater heights and build long-term value.”

Kevin Bourne has served as a Managing Director and Head of Investment Research at S&P Global Sustainable1, prior to the merger he was the Head of Sustainable Finance with IHS Markit. His previous experience includes being Global Head of Sustainable Investment at LSEG/FTSE Russell where he was responsible for implementing their new ESG & Green revenues data models, systems, and indexes, makes him an ideal candidate for the job. Kevin also brings 25 years of equities trading experience, culminating as the Managing Director & Global Head of Electronic & Portfolio Trading at HSBC. As a founding member of the EMEA FIX committee at Salomon Brothers, he witnessed the significant impact standards can have on financial markets.

Kevin said: “ESG is growing at an unprecedented pace, and I believe SustainoMetric is just at the right spot to be a part of the transformation the world needs. Their journey so far is praiseworthy, and I see a huge potential that lies ahead of the company. I especially admire SustainoMetric’s commitment towards their research quality and values that are underlying the brand. I look forward to being a part of their journey.”

Sustainometric is dedicated to propel sustainability by providing high quality ESG data and research to financial market that goes into sustainable capital allocation. Specializing in sustainable research and practices, the company focuses on developing innovative, environmentally conscious advice to investors, ESG databases, index providers and companies, addressing contemporary challenges. Through a commitment to fostering positive change, Sustainometric aims to lead the way in creating a more sustainable and resilient future. The appointments of the three members underscore SustainoMetric’s continued commitment to fostering a sound company.

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