Stories of Sustainability virtual event

The most sustainable companies you've never
heard of

Navigate through the noise to discover some of the high-quality companies who really are contributing to a more sustainable future.

Watch videos from our virtual event which took place on 29 September 2021. The Sustainable Funds Group discuss frameworks they use to evaluate a company's contribution to a sustainable future and provide examples of sustainable companies that you've likely not heard of. The CEO of HDFC also joins us to discuss the history and culture of the company and how their services are evolving to consider the growing risks of climate change.

Introduction and welcome from Felicity Masson & Hanna Ranstrand

Individual presentations

Human Development

Jack Nelson discusses the team's framework for considering human development and how our portfolios can contribute to this.

Company Interview: HDFC

The CEO of HDFC discusses the company’s history, culture and how their services are evolving to consider the growing risks of climate change.

Fund update

David Gait provides a brief update on the recent Global Emerging Markets Leaders Sustainability Fund and the Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund launches

Q&A session

Felicity Masson invites David, Sujaya and Sashi to answer questions from the audience.


 Speaker biographies

Mr. Keki Mistry – Vice Chairman & CEO, HDFC

Mr. Mistry joined HDFC in 1981. He was appointed as the Executive Director of the Corporation in 1993, as the Deputy Managing Director in 1999 and as the Managing Director in 2000. He was re-designated as the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the Corporation in October 2007. Mr. Mistry has been the Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation with effect from January 1, 2010. 

David Gait

David is Head of the Sustainable Funds Group and a Portfolio Manager. He sits on the Stewart Investors Board. David joined the team as a graduate in 1997.

He is lead manager of Asia Pacific Sustainability strategies, as well as Pacific Assets Investment Trust.

David holds an MA with honours in Economics from Cambridge University, and holds a Master of Science in Investment Analysis from Stirling University.

Jack Nelson

Jack is a Portfolio Manager with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. He joined the team in September 2011 as a graduate.

Jack is lead manager of the Global Emerging Markets Sustainability strategy.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Queen’s College, Oxford.

Mohan Gundu

Mohan is an Analyst with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. He joined the team in December 2016.

Previously, Mohan worked in various brokerage firms, including Jefferies and CLSA.

He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.

Nick Edgerton

Nick is a Portfolio Manager with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. Nick joined the team in April 2012, following two years in the First State Investments group.

He is lead manager of the Worldwide Sustainability strategy.

Previously, Nick worked as an analyst with the Sustainability funds at AMP Capital Investors, and has experience as a consultant, public servant, and academic in sustainability and economics.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, and a Master of Science with Distinction in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Sashi Reddy

Sashi is a Portfolio Manager with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. He joined the team in August 2007.

Sashi is lead manager of the Worldwide Leaders Sustainability strategy and the Indian Subcontinent Sustainability strategy.

Previously, he worked at Irevna Research, an Indian equities research house from 2005 to 2007.

Sashi has an engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto.

Sujaya Desai

Sujaya is an Analyst with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. She joined the team in October 2016 as a graduate.

Sujaya holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Anthropology from Brown University.

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