Rakhi Kumar

Rakhi is managing director and head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).

As head of ESG Investments, Rakhi leads SSGA's efforts to strengthen integration of ESG into the investment process. She is responsible for developing the firm's ESG investment philosophy and global business strategy. As head of Asset Stewardship, she oversees all of SSGA's proxy voting and engagement activities and is responsible for developing SSGA's thought leadership and voting guidelines in this area.

Rakhi is chair of SSGA's ESG Investment Working Group and is a member of SSGA's Senior Leadership Team, Global Proxy Review Committee, International Class Actions Committee and State Street's Corporate Responsibility Working Group. She is also a member of the Council of Institutional Investors' Corporate Governance Advisory Council and a member of the Principles of Responsible Investors' Bondholder Engagement Working Group.

In 2017, Rakhi was honoured with the Abigail Adams Award by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and was named on the Ten to Watch list of innovators and influencers in 2018 by and on the Power50: Newsmakers list by the Boston Business Journal for her efforts to enhance gender diversity on company boards. She was also named to the 2017 and 2016 NACD Directorship 100, the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance. In 2015, she was a recipient of the North America Industry Leadership Award by the 100 Women in Hedge Funds group for her work in the field of corporate governance. Prior to that, Rakhi was named as one of the 10 most influential people in corporate governance in 2014 by the Global Proxy Watch magazine.

Rakhi earned her MBA ('02) from Yale University and her Bachelors of Commerce ('95) from Bombay University. She has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 1997.