James Gifford

About James Gifford
  • Head, Impact Advisory, Credit Suisse

Dr James Gifford is Head of Impact Advisory for Credit Suisse, working with the bank’s clients, advisors and product specialists to mobilise capital into impact investing. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich and teaches a program at the Harvard Kennedy School on impact investing for the next generation of ultra high net worth family members. He was the founding Executive Director of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and built the organisation from inception in 2003 over the following 10 years into the pre-eminent global initiative on responsible investment with 1200 signatories representing $40 trillion in assets.

Previous roles included Head of Impact Investing at UBS and Director of Impact at Tau Investment Management, a supply chain impact fund focused on sustainable apparel. James has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment. He has a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and governance performance, degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. He is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and was named by the World Economic Forum in 2010 as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.


Impact Investing and Fund Diligence for Next Gen Investors (registration required)

12 Feb 2020

Session Description The workshop explores the different strategies being employed by impact investors across asset classes. It also includes presentations from two impact funds, with an interactive due diligence exercise. It is based on content from the six-day Harvard/Uni Zurich…Read More

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