Gianfranco joined the jury of the Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards

Written on 10 Mar 2020.

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We are honoured to announce that Professor Gianfranco Gianfrate, Sustainable Finance Lead Expert at EDHEC-Risk Institute has been invited to become a jury member of the Sustainable and ESG Investment Awards.

The purpose of these awards is to honour best-in-class fund providers, research and ratings teams and services providers who now have a key part to play as sustainable and ESG investing moves firmly into the mainstream. 



2020 Categories:

Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider

Best Sustainable and ESG Research Team

Best Sustainable and ESG Service Provider

Most Innovative Launch

Best Thought Leadership Paper

Best Sustainable & ESG ETF

Best Sustainable & ESG Index Provider

Sustainable and ESG Fund Management Group of the Year

Best Sustainable & ESG WM/DFM Group

Best Group for ESG Integration

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry (Individual)

Best Sustainable & ESG Education Initiative

Best Newcomer

Best Environmental / Climate Change Equity Fund

Best Environmental / Climate Change Bond Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Equity Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Bond Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Multi-Asset Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Alternative Assets Fund

Best Green Bond Fund

Best Impact Equity Fund

Best Impact Bond Fund


The judging panel of industry experts has been extended to 20-strong this year to bring in a broader range of expertise, including more fund selectors specialising in this area, to decide the winners for the new categories

To help decide on the Best Thought Leadership Paper, they added academics such as Gianfranco Gianfrate of EDHEC Business School to the panel, as well as Julia Dreblow of SRI Services and Philipp Hirche of The WikiRate Project, alongside existing judge Lisa Stonestreet of the EIRIS Foundation. Their areas of expertise are Climate Change, ESG, Sustainability and Impact respectively.


The expertise of this panel will be invaluable in selecting the original thinking which may shape the future of the industry. Gianfranco commented:


I am delighted to join the judging panel of the Investment Week Award. To deliver on the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy, it is of paramount importance to recognize the efforts of investment firms who “walk the talk” in ESG and Sustainability


Access here Professor Gianfrate’s latest EDHEC-Risk Institute Working Paper Climate Change and Credit Risk.


On March 8, the Financial Times reported his comments about the need for more skilled professionals and talent in sustainable finance esg and responsible investment stewardship in an article entitled Jobs bonanza in stewardship and sustainable investing teams.


Gianfranco Gianfrate is Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School and Sustainable Finance Lead Expert at EDHEC-Risk Institute . He writes and researches on topics related to innovation financing, corporate valuation, and climate change finance. Prior to joining EDHEC Business School, he held teaching and research positions at Erasmus University (Netherlands), Harvard University (USA), and Bocconi University (Italy). Gianfranco also has extensive experience in the financial industry, having worked, among others, for Deloitte Corporate Finance (Italy), Hermes Investment Management (UK), and iStarter (UK). Gianfranco holds a BA and a PhD in Business Administration from Bocconi University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.