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The Progressive Policy Think Tank


David Pitt-Watson is a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of responsible investment and business practice. 

Formerly, he was Chair of Hermes Focus Funds, and a board member of Hermes Fund Managers. As co-founder and former CEO of the Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service, he built and led the largest responsible investment group of any institutional fund managers in the world.  

Throughout his career he has been deeply involved in policy making in the UK, Europe and around the world, particularly in the field of corporate governance and financial market regulation. He was Chair of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative in the run up to the Paris Climate summit.

He is a member of the advisory board of Aviva Investors, and an independent non-executive of KPMG. He is also Treasurer of Oxfam.  

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