Martina Macpherson

Martina Macpherson, Head of ESG Product Strategy & Management, SIX 

Martina is Head of ESG Product Strategy and Management at SIX Financial Information, the Exchange Group that operates the Swiss and Spanish Stock Exchanges. She has over 20 years of sustainable finance experience, in industry and academia, and is an award-winning ESG influencer, researcher, incubator and entrepreneur.

Prior to her role at SIX, she was Head of ESG Strategy at ODDO BHF Asset Management, Senior Vice President, ESG and Engagement Strategy at Moody’s, Global Head of ESG Index Products and Research at S&P DJI, Managing Director of Sustainable Investments Partners Ltd. and Vice President of ESG Solutions at MSCI. Earlier in her career, she worked in (ESG) product, research and engagement roles at Insight Investment, F&C AM and at Deutsche Bank AG.

Martina is an (advisory) board member, academic lecturer, writer and public speaker in sustainable investing. She has co-authored a range of ESG and Fintech books, including “The AI Book” (Wiley, 2020), the “Handbook on Species Extinction Accounting and Biodiversity” (Routledge, 2022), the text book on “ESG in Portfolio Analysis” (RiskBooks, 2022) and a hand book on “Protecting Natural Capital and Biodiversity in the Agri-Food Sector” (Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, 2024). She has formed part of a range of leading industry associations and initiatives and sits on the board of the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance (FoSDA), the industry’s leading body for the ESG data, ratings and index industry, and is FoSDA’s co-chair of the Policy and Regulations working group. Moreover, she is a member of the All-Parties-Parliamentary-Group (APPG) on ESG at Houses of Parliament UK, and a member of the European Law Institute’s Sustainability Regulations Advisory Group. She sits on the Advisory Group of SG Analytics, a leading global technology company.

Martina has an MBA certificate in finance and business from London School of Business and Finance in the UK, and a M.A. in Law and Human Sciences from University of Frankfurt in Germany. She is a fellow member of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) UK, a honorary doctoral fellow of the Institute for Certified Risk Management Professionals (ICRMP) UK, and an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”). She is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at University of Cardiff, UK, in sustainable accounting and finance.

For her work in sustainable finance and global ESG leadership, she was nominated as a “Sustainability Ambassador” by the Global Thinkers Forum (Athena 40 Awards) in 2024, and awarded the title “Top 50 Woman in Finance” by the World Finance Forum (WFF) in 2022. For SIX, she has won two ESG-related Strategy (by Finance Magnates) and Initiatives (A Team Insight) Awards in 2022.

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