Dr. James Gifford leads TAU’s impact strategy, working with the investment team to deliver social and environmental improvements within TAU’s portfolio companies. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches and researches impact investing within family offices, with a focus on the next generation of family members.
Previously, Dr. Gifford was the founding Executive Director of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, taking the initiative from inception in 2003 and building it, over 10 years, into the preeminent global initiative on responsible investment with 1200 signatories representing $30 trillion in assets. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment.
Dr. Gifford holds a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and governance performance, as well as degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. He speaks Indonesian, and was recognized in 2010 by the World Economic Forum as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.