Vaishnavi started her career in responsible investment following completion of her degree in Commerce (majoring in Finance and Accounting) at the Australian National University in 2010. She worked as a responsible investment analyst at an ESG research service provider called CAER (which is now part of ISS ESG) providing environmental, social and governance (ESG) company assessments, analysing sector-specific and thematic risks and supporting active ownership strategies for a range of institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
She spent the next six plus years at the PRI, Principles for Responsible Investment, an investor coalition supporting signatories incorporate ESG factors into their investment and ownership decisions. Here, Vaish took on a number of roles specialising in governance issues such as tax fairness, cyber security, responsible political engagement and ESG-linked executive remuneration, leading a large collaborative engagement on tax transparency and cyber governance with investors collectively representing USD 15trn in AUM. She was also involved in the development of GRI-207 tax standard as a technical committee member. Prior to joining Brunel Pension Partnership, she worked as the director of governance, leading and coordinating the governance team’s activities.
Vaishnavi holds a Graduate Certificate of Law and has recently completed the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG investing.