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Advisory Board

As the breakaway leader in the emerging field of spatial finance datasets, SRS has established an advisory board to integrate the most current theoretical insights and methodologies into the SRS Knowledge Graph, sustainability and ESG. 

John Leffler

Advisor

John Leffler started his career at FactSet Research Systems in 2001 first in data collection and optimization, then moving into a Data Feed sales role. In 2009 John moved into a generalist role culminating in 2017 when he was a US manager within the SCG group at FactSet. In 2018 John joined Donnelley Financial Solutions, DFIN, first as Director of New York sales then later as Global Head of Venue Sales. Currently, John is Head of Americas for Macrobond Financial, a portfolio or Nordic Capital, the world’s foremost Economic data provider. 

Cary Krosinsky

Academic Advisor

Cary Krosinsky is a leading global educator, author and advisor teaching popular classes at leading academic institutions such as Brown, Yale and NYU. 

He was a member of the NY State Common Decarbonization Advisory Panel appointed by Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli which during 2018-19 informed the fund’s June 2019 Climate Action Plan, which is actively implementing his suggestion of minimum standards. 

His latest, 7th book, Modern China, calls for better relations between China and the West for the sake of solving climate change, produced with the Sustainable Finance Institute where he is co-founder and which seeks to bring Western methods of sustainable finance to Asia among other ongoing projects.  His earlier books are considered seminal, helping steer the sustainable investing industry from negative to more positive approaches starting in the mid-2000s.

He is also author/co-author of numerous papers on the intersection of finance and the ongoing low carbon transition, and is co-founder of Real Impact Tracker, the Carbon Tracker Initiative and acts as an advisor in numerous other capacities including to The Metals Company which merged into a SPAC at a valuation of US$2.8B.

Judith Walls

Academic Advisor

Professor Judith Walls joined the University of St Gallen (HSG) in 2019 as Chair for Sustainability Management and Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ). She also serves as the Delegate for Responsibility and Sustainability for the HSG.

Prior to joining the HSG, Prof. Walls worked at Nanyang Business School (NTU Singapore) and the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University). Prof. Walls completed her PhD at the Lally School of Management (Rensselaer) and was an Alcoa Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (University of Michigan). She also has an MBA in International Business with the NUS Business School (National University of Singapore) and an MSc in Wildlife, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health at the Edinburgh Medical School (University of Edinburgh).

Prof. Walls researches the intersection of business and environmental sustainability focusing on behavioural governance, the study of boards and managerial characteristics in the context of stakeholder and shareholder pressure on companies. Her work extends into environmental governance of industries that affect land use such as agri-commodities, mining, and trophy hunting. She has published in top journals and won several prestigious research awards and grants, and serves on several Board of Reviewers.

Prof. Walls is the past Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) division at the Academy of Management (AOM). She has additionally been on the board at the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) and the scientific committee of the Group of Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN).

Prior to her academic career, Prof. Walls headed investor relations research, consulting, and business development departments at Thomson Financial (Thomson-Reuters) in Europe and Asia-Pacific. She has also managed people and operations at conservation NGOs in Namibia, Botswana, and Mongolia.

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