Kirsty Jenkinson is Director of WRI’s Markets and Enterprise Program and is responsible for the program’s overall strategy, results, financial development and staff capacity.
The program seeks to influence how global companies and financial markets identify, evaluate and manage environmental risks and opportunities. Kirsty has co-developed several of the program’s priority areas including the “Aqueduct” project for measuring and mapping water risk and the “Climate Finance and the Private Sector” project. Kirsty also chairs WRI’s Business Group to co-ordinate and lead the Institute’s activities with the private sector.
A British national, Kirsty spent the first six years of her career at Goldman Sachs in London working in Fixed Income sales and research analyzing corporate securities. She moved to UK-based fund manager, F&C Asset Management, in 2001 to pursue her long-term career goal: encouraging the creation of sustainable, responsible, successful businesses and financial markets. At F&C, Kirsty was a Director in the Governance & Sustainable Investment team and was at the forefront of analyzing how environmental, social and governance issues impact business. Using the influence of F&C’s $150bn of investments, the Governance & Sustainable Investment team encouraged companies around the world to address a diverse range of issues, including climate change, biodiversity loss, corruption, human rights and corporate governance.
Kirsty holds a M.A. in International History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Kirsty currently sits on the Board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre – the world’s leading independent resource on the topic.
Kirsty is an avid sports fan, with a particular interest in cricket, and is a keen traveler who enjoys the big outdoors.