Leadership

Maneesh Sagar

Chairman and CEO

Maneesh is a serial entrepreneur, VC, and coach. He is also the founder of Thynk Ventures, an early stage VC, investing in AI, IoT, machine learning, and process automation. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a Presidential Scholar. He is also an Innovation Fellow and a Founding Career Coach at Columbia Business School, teaching classes on startups, venture capital, conducts industry panels, advises students and alumni one-on-one, and leads global trips.

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He has a history of investing in, and scaling up disruptive startups. He was the Co-Founder of NeuVis (acq by IBM-Rational) where he raised over $80 million and grew the company to over 350 employees. At Huntington House, he created the first online sustainable development marketplace. At MondoWindow, he setup the worlds first browser based moving map #IFE company, and at Sirl.io, he made retail searchable.

He was Managing Director at Connecticut Innovations, where he invested in mobile, enterprise software, marketing automation, and IOT. Investments and advisory roles include Frevvo, Keisense (acq by Nuance), NetKey (acq by NCR), ROI (acq by Revionics), Premise (acq by Eclipsys), SilverSky (acq by BAE Systems) ShopText (acq by Anomaly), HigherOne (NYSE) and SmartEquip.

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Rashmi Bomiriya, PhD

COO and Chief Data Scientist

Managing Director - R S Metrics Asia Holdings

Rashmi is responsible for executing RS Metrics’ business strategy and ensuring operational excellence globally. She is also responsible for designing and developing analytical products that combine internal and external data to generate actionable insights, continuously expanding data science capabilities within the organization, and guiding the diverse product development teams consisting of software engineers, data scientists and system support analysts etc.

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Rashmi holds a PhD in Statistics from the Pennsylvania State University and a BSc Special Degree in Statistics, with honors and the gold medal for the best student in Statistics, from the University of Colombo. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Rashmi was an Associate Vice President at Amba Research Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (Now Acuity Knowledge Partners), a financial services provider for Wall Street clients, where she implemented novel portfolio optimization algorithms, change detection algorithms as well as trained and managed a group of quantitative analysts. She also served as an online instructor for graduate level Statistics courses for Penn State World Campus for several years. Currently, she is also a member of the Board of Management for Center for Data Science, University of Colombo.

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Nilosha Pereira

Global Head of Operations

Director and CEO – R S Metrics Asia Holdings

Nilosha brings over a decade of industrial experience and is responsible for ensuring operational excellence globally and executing RS Metrics’ business strategy. He holds an MBA from London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).

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Nilosha oversees global operations at RS Metrics, He focuses on ESG and data driven products and markets. Has 12+ years of industry experience in managing and developing data driven products and strategies, managing highly talented teams consisting of software engineers, data scientists, product, marketing and sales managers and data analysts. Developing custom software, products and systems, scaling infrastructure for growth, running entire company operations while leading and maintaining the marketing and sales communications (CRM) of RS Metrics globally. Co-founder ESGSignals (real-time, objective, and verifiable Environmental and Physical Risk metrics at an asset-level), AssetTracker (accurate asset-level geolocation data) and EVTracker (monthly and quarterly production and activity data on leading EV manufacturers).

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Nilesh Maurya

Corporate Development

Nilesh Maurya has experience of over 12 years in the field of investment banking, capital raising, venture consulting, and start-up mentoring. He has played an instrumental role in crafting some of India’s leading consumer capital raise and merger and acquisition transactions in India, MENA and the Americas. Nilesh is a Director at Thynk Ventures, an early-stage fund in the US, and also has been a senior banker with Omega Capital in Mumbai. 

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Nilesh is appointed as a “Mentor for Change” by the Government of India and has been associated as a mentor for over 15 startups incubator and accelerator programs. With a passion for education, Nilesh is a Board of Studies Member with Amity University in India. Nilesh holds an MBA from Amity University majoring in Finance and International Business and also holds executive certificates in Mergers and Acquisition from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a short course certificate in Sustainable Finance from Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University.

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Robert Herz

Senior Advisor ESG

Bob Herz’s current activities include serving on the boards of directors and various board committees of Fannie Mae ( Chairman of Audit Committee), Morgan Stanley (Chairman of Audit Committee), Workiva Inc., Paxos National Trust, and the Value Reporting Foundation( which was formed in 2021 by the merger of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Foundation and the International Integrated Reporting Council – Mr. Herz was involved with both organizations for many years ), on the Independent Investment Committee of UNOPS from 2016-2021, as a member and expert advisor to the G7 Impact Task Force, on several advisory boards, and as a member of the Audit Committee Chair Advisory Council of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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He is also an executive in residence at Columbia Business School and from 2006-2017 served on the Advisory Board of the Alliance Manchester Business School in England. He also served on the Standing Advisory Group of the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) from 2012-2020, and currently serves on the PCAOB’s Data and Technology Task Force, the Financial Reporting Faculty Advisory Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and was a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada from 2011-2017. Mr. Herz also provides consulting services on financial reporting and other matters through Robert H. Herz LLC, of which he is President. Previously, Bob was Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from 2002 to 2010. He was also one of the original members of the International Accounting Standards Board. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers for many years, including serving as audit partner on numerous major companies, as head of the firm’s Corporate Finance Advisory Services, as senior technical partner, as member of the firm’s U.S. and Global Boards, and as President of the Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers foundations.

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Olivia Albrecht

Senior Advisor ESG

ESG Head at TCW; 15 years of ESG experience including as Head of ESG at PIMCO; Cerberus Capital, Lockheed Martin, Mubadala Development, U.S. Department of Defense.

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MBA / MIS from Columbia, Bachelors Princeton University.

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Libby Bernick

Senior Advisor ESG

For over 25 years, Libby has worked to integrate sustainability and climate data into business decision-making to create more sustainable business models and greener products. Libby is a regular contributor to international industry events, a frequent commentator in the media on sustainable finance and ESG investing, and has served as an expert advisor to US, UK, and EC government agencies on greenwashing and green marketing claims.

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As the Head of Sustainability at Morningstar, she led the corporate sustainability program and global ESG strategy working with investors, asset managers and financial advisors to understand sustainable investing and incorporate ESG factors into financial products. Prior to joining Morningstar, Libby was Managing Director at S&P Global, where she led a global business unit creating greater transparency in the capital markets on ESG data, impact and climate risk. As part of the Executive Leadership team at Trucost, she developed innovative products addressing climate risk, impact valuation, and the sustainable development goals.

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Richard Anfang

Senior Advisor Technology

Richard is a technology executive with over 30 years of experience working in global financial service organizations. He has held senior management positions as a business-aligned Chief Information Officer, managed enterprise technology infrastructure, and partnered closely with C-level executives. Richard has an extensive track record delivering innovative technology solutions to solve business problems within the financial services sector.

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Most recently, he worked at JPMorgan Chase where he was Chief Architect of the firm’s Global Technology Infrastructure organization. From 2013 to early 2014, he was the Chief Information Officer of JPMorgan’s Asset Management business. He was responsible for the business’ strategic leadership of technology, overseeing over 3,000 technologists globally spanning the firm’s global Investment Management and Private Bank businesses. From 2008 to 2012, he was the Chief Information Officer of JPMorgan’s Worldwide Securities Services business.

Prior to joining JPMorgan, he spent over 24 years at Morgan Stanley. During that time, he held a number of senior Information Technology positions including Chief Technology Officer of the Prime Brokerage business, global head of the firm’s Enterprise Infrastructure group, head of Equity and Fixed Income Sales & Trading applications development, and Chief Information Officer of Morgan Stanley’s UK and European businesses.

Richard has an extensive track record of delivering innovative solutions and solving business problems in the financial services industry. He has served on the advisory board of several technology service providers and has participated in numerous industry forums and committees. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1983) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (1981).

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Peter Neumann

Senior Advisor Commodities

Peter has more than 34 years of institutional financial, commodity ,and global trading experience. He held senior positions in the OTC sales and trading groups at Phibro-Salomon Inc. and JP Morgan Chase, covering commodities and commodity linked structure sectors. Over Peter’s career he was responsible for risk management, portfolio allocations, trading and product integration and was an integral part of leading and achieving firm revenue, business development, and league table ranking goals.

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Peter retired from JP Morgan Chase as an Executive Director, head of Americas OTC metals sales. He has been President of MPN Advisory, a risk management consulting firm since 2012. He is a Founding Partner & CEO at Chrome Strategies Management LLC.

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Annelise Osborne

Senior Advisor Capital Markets

Ms. Osborne is a finance executive with 25 years of experience in finance, commercial real estate, fintech, and investing. Her focus is on capital markets efficiency through data and automation. Currently, Annelise is Head of Strategy of Metechi, a commercial lenders marketplace using AI and machine learning. Previously, Annelise was COO of Propellr, a fintech broker dealer focused on efficiency and transparency in structured finance through blockchain technology.

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She has worked with PE, hedge and family office funds to develop new business lines, acquisitions, credit investments and ESG. Annelise spent 12 years with Moody’s Investor Service running ratings teams within the commercial real estate finance group and global investor outreach initiatives. She has worked in the US, UK, and Eastern Europe. Annelise is active in numerous industry organizations, corporate governance initiatives, and guest lectures at universities. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary.

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Malcolm Harris

Senior Advisor ESG

Malcolm leads Chevron’s global outlook on carbon pricing and climate policy, as well as projects in areas like green finance, policy advocacy and emissions reduction strategy. Prior to his current role, he worked in Chevron’s California business, where the state’s advanced set of carbon pricing mechanisms and climate policies make climate change an integral part of both day to day operations and long term strategy.

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He’s also held roles in Chevron’s capital markets and M&A teams. Malcolm is an Army veteran with two tours of Iraq. He holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

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James Gavilan

Senior Advisor Sales

James Gavilan is 24-year Wall Street veteran and global commodities executive who currently serves as Principal and Advisor for Gavilan Commodities LLC and Senior Advisor Sales at RS Metrics, providing risk management, financing, and marketing services to the commodities industry. James’ global network and expertise developed during his tenure at four major commodity businesses.

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Over two decades, he held increasingly senior roles at JPMorgan Chase, ICBC Standard Bank, BNP Paribas, and Deutsche Bank. He earned an MBA from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business and a BA cum laude in psychology from Fordham University. From 2013–2015, James served as President of the Chaminade High School Wall Street Association and is a mentor in Fordham University’s Edge4Vets program in addition to serving on the Board of the Baruch College Alumni Association.

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