Masaru Arai is a senior engagement consultant at Hermes EOS and focuses on engagements and business development in Japan. He has 12 years of experience in responsible investment, 19 years in investment trust management and 20 years in the brokerage and underwriting business. Masaru is chair of the Japan Sustainable Investment Forum. He has been a member of the FTSE4Good advisory committee since 2005 and a member of CDP’s Japan Advisory Group since 2009. He also is a member of the Sustainable Financial System Advisory Group of the PRI and in 2015 acted as a PRI board member. He is a regular member of the committees on ESG issues set up by the Ministry of the Environment, as well as by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Masaru worked at Daiwa Asset Management for 19 years, of which he spent seven years as its chief investment officer. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Daiwa Securities, specialising in global investment and finance business. He has working experience in France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Hong Kong. Masaru holds a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University, Japan, and studied at the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo.
Tadashi Kurachi joined Hermes EOS in 2009 as a senior adviser based in Japan. He is the former chair of the board and the Independent Committee of Outside Directors of Eisai, a major Japanese pharmaceutical company. Before that Mr Kurachi was the chair and representative executive director of Kanematsu Corporation. Prior to his time at Kanematsu, he held the senior position of managing director and board director of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years working at the highest level for major Japanese companies. He has extensive international business experience and was based in New York and London for extended periods during his career. He is an active member of the Japan Corporate Governance Network which promotes best practice in Japan.
William (Bill) Mackenzie joined Hermes EOS as a senior adviser and its representative in Canada in January 2009. He is a member of the investment committee and the responsible investment working group of the United Church of Canada Pension Fund. Until 2009, Bill was director of special projects with the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) and continues to be involved in the activities of the CCGG, including its public policy committee, as a representative of Hermes EOS. Prior to working with the CCGG, Bill was president of Institutional Shareholder Services Canada and its predecessor Fairvest Corporation. Bill’s career in corporate governance spans over 28 years and he continues to promote corporate governance and responsible investment in Canada through his participation on various industry committees and boards, writing articles and speaking at conferences. Bill earned the ICD.D designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2004 and has a diploma in Business Administration from Ryerson Polytechnical University.
Youngjae Ryu is the chief executive officer of Sustinvest, one of the leading providers of ESG research and related consultancy services based in Seoul. A pioneer in responsible investment in the Republic of Korea, Youngjae has over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry as an equity analyst and broker with companies including, Hyundai and Peregrine. Youngjae is a member of the Forum of Sustainable Management under the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, the head of the Research Centre on Sustainable Investment at the Korean Sustainable Investment Forum and a member of the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact. Further to this, Youngjae has published a number of papers and contributed to books on responsible investment and corporate governance. He holds a BA and a MA in Political Science and Diplomacy from Hanyang University, South Korea, as well as an MBA from Ashridge Business School, UK.