Gareth Davies, Head of Responsible Investment, Columbia Threadneedle

Gareth Davies has worked for global asset manager Columbia Threadneedle Investments since 2006 and is the Head of Responsible Investment Distribution, responsible for the firm’s product and sales strategy as relates to the firm’s responsible investment business. Gareth is also a founding Trustee Director of the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, which aims to grow the firm’s commitment to investing in the community. He has previously held the position of Head of Global Strategic Relations, responsible for coordinating Columbia Threadneedle’s distribution activity and relationships with the firm’s largest private banking clients globally.

Gareth believes passionately in directing private capital for public good and to this end has worked closely and advised the UK Cabinet Office and Her Majesty’s Treasury on the ‘mainstreaming’ of social investment, ensuring that more mechanisms to connect private capital with public services emerge. Gareth ran for British Parliament at the 2010 General Election and has held a number of advisory and campaign positions within UK politics for over a decade.

He was educated at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. earning a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and at Harvard University in the U.S. where he earned a Masters of Public Administration (MPA).