Sumantra Sen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Responsible Investment Research Association (RIRA), an investment forum that facilitates mainstreaming of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) factors into Financial Markets. Sumantra is an MBA and a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Management, UK. In his career of over 20 years with leading financial organizations like ABN AMRO and Bank of America, he has wide-ranging experience in global capital markets and investment management. He is also a Partner & Member of the Investment Committee at Contrarian Drishti Partners, which advises and manages the Contrarian Vriddhi Fund-I, an early stage PE investor in healthcare, education, livelihood generation, food & agribusiness and housing/energy access.
He is a Director at WPP Group’s Penn Schoen Berland. He serves on the Advisory Board at Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA), Hong Kong and is a member of the Academic Network at United Nations Principles for Responsible Investments.
Sumantra continues to contribute to the published work in the ESG domain. In addition to positioning India's ESG issues in Wiley Finance's 'Evolutions in Sustainable Investing' and co-authoring Random House's 'Thirsty Nation', he is involved with several upcoming book projects. His expert comments on the trends in Responsible Investment have been covered in The Economic Times, Business Today, Ethical Markets, Clean Biz Asia, Responsible Investor and Benchmark amongst others. Sumantra is an active speaker and participant in the domestic and international dialogue on the subjects of Mainstreaming of ESG and Impact Investing.
Sumantra has a subject matter interest in Corporate Governance, Responsible Investments and in the active role of Institutional and High Net worth Investors in driving the same. He is a keen follower of the developments around the linkages between ESG indicators and long-term financial performance.