George Dallas has served as Policy Director at the International Corporate Governance Network since 2014, where he coordinates ICGN’s governance polices and committees, and plays an active role in ICGN’s policy development and regulatory outreach on behalf of members whose assets under management exceed $54 trillion. He is responsible for oversight of ICGN guidance statements, Viewpoint reports, public comment letters and broader thought leadership to promote ongoing governance reform and best practice by both companies and investors. He serves as a faculty member for ICGN’s Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability training programme.
George is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School, University of London, where he teaches MSc and executive education courses in corporate governance. He also works as an independent advisor; past projects include an assignment for the World Bank to develop a stewardship code in Kenya, a study of European Union corporate governance policy on behalf of the CFA Institute and teaching executive education courses in governance at Kings College London and the London Stock Exchange Academy. He is former chairman of Orlando Chamber Choir, a London-based registered charity.
Previously, George served as Director of Corporate Governance at F&C Investments (now BMO Global Asset Management) in London, where he led F&C’s global policies relating to corporate governance, including proxy voting and engagement matters. He represented F&C in several external professional organisations, including the Investment Committee of the Association of British Insurers and the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Prior to joining F&C George was a Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s, where he held a range of managerial and analytical roles in New York and London over a 24 year period, including as region head of Standard & Poor’s European credit rating operations, head of its London office, global head of emerging markets and as global practice leader of S&P’s governance services unit. He also served on the boards of S&P affiliates in France and Spain. George began his career in corporate banking at Wells Fargo Bank.
George is published widely in the fields of finance, corporate governance and responsible investment, including the book “Governance and Risk” (McGraw-Hill, 2004) and several book chapters. He has also spoken or lectured at a number of universities, including the London School of Economics, London Business School, the Said Business School of Oxford University, Cambridge University, ESMT Business School (Berlin), HHL Graduate School of Management (Leipzig), and the University of Pennsylvania.
George holds a BA degree, with distinction, from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of the University of California at Berkeley.
Mike Lubrano is Principal of Lubrano Advisory Services, LLC and Senior Advisor of Nestor Advisors (www.nestoradvisors.com), a London-based advisory firm specialising in corporate governance and organisational design. Nestor Advisors works with the boards and senior management of financial institutions, companies and not-for-profit organisations to improve decision-making, organisational structures, controls and incentives. He is a frequent contributor to the work of OECD's Corporate Governance Committee.
Mike has been part of the team that developed and delivered ICGN’s ESG Integration and GSS course since 2011. He served as Education Programme Advisor of ICGN in 2020. He currently teaches a course on Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
From 2007 until August 2019, Mike was Co-Founder and Managing Director, Corporate Governance and Sustainability, at Cartica Management, LLC (www.cartica.com), an Emerging Markets fund manager with a concentrated, long-only portfolio of equity securities of publicly-traded companies. Mike led Cartica’s engagements with portfolio company management and boards to improve corporate governance and environmental and social practices to foster better performance and higher market valuations.
At International Finance Corporation (IFC) from 1997 to 2007, Mike pioneered IFC’s corporate governance practice, establishing corporate governance as a central element of IFC’s sustainable development strategy and served as the first Manager of IFC’s Corporate Governance Unit. He developed the IFC Corporate Governance Methodology, a framework still used by IFC and other Development Finance Institutions to assess the quality of governance of potential clients and to identify opportunities to add value by improving their boards, control environment, transparency and disclosure, and treatment of financial stakeholders. He was advisor to Chile’s Ministry of Finance in drafting that country’s corporate governance reforms, assisted the São Paulo Stock Exchange in designing the Novo Mercado. He was the co-organizer of the Latin America Corporate Governance Roundtable from 2000 to 2007.
Mike earned his AB magna cum laude from Harvard College; his JD cum laude from New York University School of Law; and his MPA from Princeton University. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the US Council of Institutional Investors from 2012 to 2017 and served on the Advisory Board of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2016 to 2019.