GLOBAL NETWORKS AND OUTREACH
The Global Networks and Outreach team work with regional signatory Networks to tailor PRI resources to local markets, coordinate engagements with local companies, organise regional events, address local regulatory issues, encourage signatories to get involved in PRI activities in other regions, raise awareness about responsible investment and recruit new signatories.
The PRI Networks are geographic groups of signatories working together on responsible investment in their region. Signatories can connect with Networks anywhere in the world to benefit from local expertise when addressing responsible investment challenges that are specific to a particular market.
Explore each of the PRI’s Regional Networks in detail in the Networks section.
MEET THE GLOBAL NETWORKS TEAM:
Nikolaj Halkjær Pedersen, Manager, Operations
Nikolaj joined the PRI in September 2014. He coordinates activites across regions.
Nikolaj previously worked as a project assistant at specialised consultancy GLOBAL CSR and as a human rights project coordinator with global water technology company Grundfos.
Nikolaj holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and Anthropology and a master's degree in International Studies from Aarhus University in Denmark. He wrote his dissertation on how and why corporations should implement human rights due diligence in compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other recognised international standards.
Anastasia Guha, Senior Manager, Strategic Projects
Anastasia joined in PRI in 2011. She is responsible for engaging strategic asset owner groups; primarily corporate pensions and family wealth offices. Since September 2015 she has also been the Acting Australasian Network Manager. Prior to her current role, she has held a number of different positions at the PRI including communications and strategic content advisor.
Previously, Anastasia worked in communications at Euromoney Institutional Investor and Fidelity International. She has a background in journalism including working as a features editor for various publications.
Anastasia holds a BSc in Economics and Applied Statistics (Ferguson College, India) and MA in International Political Economy (Warwick).
Katherine Pruski, Signatory Operations and Network Senior Manager
Katherine joined the PRI in February 2011. She oversees sign-up and invoicing, and coordinates UK signatories.
Prior to joining the PRI, Katherine worked on the membership team at Pilotlight, a UK-based charity, and before that the Welsh Assembly Government on a support programme for business start-ups.
Alex Caldwell, Officer, Signatory Operations
Alex joined the PRI in 2015. He supports signatories through the applications process.
Before joining the PRI, Alex worked at NGO Forum for the Future. He has previously worked in support roles for conservation NGOs and the IUCN, and on field projects in Egypt, Peru and Costa Rica.
Alex has a BSc in Biology from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Environmental Bioscience from the University of Warwick.
Dustin Neuneyer, Head of Continental Europe
Dustin joined the PRI in January 2014. He is responsible for the Continental Europe Network.
Dustin was previously a director at WestLB and a senior advisor to think tank and lobby Germanwatch, developing and implementing ESG approaches on business activities related to coal-fired power generation and on Arctic offshore oil, as well as on stakeholder dialogues.
He has an MA in Political Science, German Philology and Art History from the University of Cologne in Germany.
Dr Michiyo Morisawa, Head of Japan
Michiyo joined the PRI in 2014. She is responsible for the Japan Network.
She is also Head of the CDP’s (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) Japan office, and has been a lead author of the CDP Japan report.
Michiyo is also a research member of the Hosei University for Low Carbon Policy of Local Government under the project of the Japanese Ministry of Environment. She has prior experience in international business development of financial services, including at Citibank, for reducing settlement risk.
Michiyo has a PhD in Environment from Tokyo University.
Wakako Mizuta, Officer, Japan
Wakako joined the PRI in July 2013. She supports signatories in the Japan Network
She holds a master's degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from The University of Nottingham and a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Adelphi University in the US.
Tatiana Assali , Head of South America
Tatiana joined the PRI in October 2014. She is responsible for the South America Network.
Tatiana has worked in capital markets for over 10 years, including in the treasury department of Banco Santander Brasil and for five years as a managing partner at MZ Consult, a large investor relations advisory firm in Brazil. She participated in the GRI Certified Training Program and holds certificates in Sustainability and Social Corporate Management and International Affairs and Foreign Trade from FGV – Fundação Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tatiana holds a certificate in Behavioral Economics from FIPECAFI and a BA in International Business from Universidade Paulista.
Adrian Bertrand, Head of Africa
Adrian joined the PRI in February 2015. He is responsible for the Africa Network.
Prior to joining the PRI, Adrian worked as ESG Manager at the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) of South Africa. Before working at GEPF in 2011, Adrian had worked as the PRI’s first South African Network Manager. Adrian also served as GEPF representative investment committee member to the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) as managed by Harith General Partners.
Adrian currently serves on the following South African investment industry committees: ASISA RI Committee, CRISA Committee, JSE SRI Index Advisory Committee.
He holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Yulia Sofronova, Manager, Canada and Nordics
Yulia joined the PRI in 2010. She is responsible for the Canadian and Nordic Networks.
Before joining the PRI she worked at Pensions Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) in a proxy voting team conducting analysis of companies’ corporate governance practices as well as consideration of social and environmental issues into their business strategies in the Nordic countries, US and Russia. Yulia worked for Deloitte CIS in Russia between 2005-2008 before perusing her postgraduate studies in London.
Yulia graduated from the Kingston University Business School with MA in Corporate Communications in 2009 and holds a specialist diploma in foreign languages.
Carol Jeppesen, Senior Network Manager, US
Carol joined the PRI in 2015. She is responsible for the US Network.
Prior to the PRI, Carol worked in financial services across investment banking, private equity and asset management, at firms including Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.
She holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as BS and BA degrees, cum laude, in Finance and Economics from Boston University.
John Du, Project Manager, US
John joined the PRI in 2015. He supports signatories in the US Network.
Prior to joining the PRI, John was at CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) North America. He has experience in an international not-for-profit organisation, a trade association, a federal government policy office and a community-focused city government.
He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Saint Peter's University in the US.
Jessica Robinson, Associate Director, Asia (ex-Japan)
Jessica joined the PRI in 2015. She is responsible for the Asia (ex-Japan) Network
Jessica was Chief Executive of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) when the PRI and ASrIA joined forces in late 2015. She also led the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC). Previously, Jessica has provided advisory services to a wide range of financial institutions on corporate governance, risk management, environmental finance and sustainability issues. She also worked in public affairs and for a leading China-based developer of emission reduction solutions.
Jessica holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, an MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester. She also holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA and the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma.
James Robertson, Project Manager, Asia (ex-Japan)
James joined the PRI in 2015. He supports signatories in the Asia (ex-Japan) Network
James was with the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) when the PRI and ASrIA joined forces in late 2015. James previously worked for the Chatteris Educational Foundation. He has previously supported the Grassmarket Mission and The Rock Trust in Edinburgh, as well as participated in campaigning and event organisation for Amnesty International and Oxfam.
James holds a BA in Law and a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Manchester.