TitleHead, Responsible Investment
“We have repeatedly seen that investing responsibly creates businesses that are better able to manage ESG risks and opportunities; they are more resilient, more innovative, more able to deliver measurable societal benefits – and ultimately more valuable as a result.”
With over 18 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity, banking and development finance sectors, Shami was drawn to Actis by its leadership in responsible investing, the firm’s diverse culture and the opportunity to focus on growth markets. “Investing in the world’s most dynamic markets where environmental, social and governance challenges are typically the most acute, offers great opportunities to increase the value of our investments, whilst delivering positive impacts at the same time.”
Shami leads Actis’ approach to responsible investment and impact, working closely with investment colleagues and company management to assess and manage ESG issues, helping to build world-class businesses and to deliver measurable societal benefits.
Before joining Actis in 2014 she was as a senior consultant at PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team for ten years. Prior to this, Shami led the London business of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, providing sustainability research and analytics to institutional investors and asset managers. Shami has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Central America.
Shami is a Steering Committee member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Sustainability Working Group and co-Head of the SDG Working Group. During 2017, Shami was on the Sounding Board of the World Bank/IFC’s Operating Principles for Impact Management. Shami is an Advisory Board member of Africa Matters Ltd, an Africa-focused consultancy, a Trustee of Actis Acts, a registered charity focused on improving livelihoods in the emerging markets and she represents Actis at the Business Integrity Forum run by Transparency International UK.
Shami holds an MSc Environmental Technology, with Distinction, from Imperial College London and a BSc Biological Sciences from University of Durham.