Executive Director & Head of ESG, Edelman
Chuka Umunna is a strategic corporate advisor to companies on business-critical issues that impact on long term value, reputation and narrative – environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in particular.
His principal role is as Executive Director and Head of ESG at Edelman, the world’s biggest strategy and communications advisory firm. Part of the UK leadership, he is based out of the firm's specialist capital markets and financial services team where he spearheads the ESG consultancy practice - he provides advice to senior executive leadership and company boards on the integration of ESG factors into corporate decision making.
In addition, he serves as an external, non-executive director (NED) for Vista Equity Partners and BC Partners, sitting on the board of their portfolio company, Advanced, which is a long standing sponsor of the CBI’s Annual Conferences. Advanced is the UK’s third largest provider of business software and services with a £254m turnover, 19,000+ customers and 2,400+ employees. Chuka also has NED roles with two other UK tech companies.
Widely recognised as the former Member of Parliament for Streatham (2010-2019), Chuka served in Opposition as the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Shadow Minister for Small Business for several years. A solicitor by profession, prior to his election to the UK Parliament he worked as a corporate employment lawyer for international City law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for several years.
Chuka continues to contribute regularly to a range of publications, including a variety of major UK newspapers and Forbes business magazine.