Noel Friedman, CFA , Executive Director, Business Manager, ESG Research Products, MSCI, Inc.

Noel Friedman is the Manager for ESG Ratings at MSCI, Inc., where he manages product and business development as well as the overall strategy for the business. Noel also manages all ESG products for the Americas. Prior to joining MSCI, Mr. Friedman was the Global Head of Business Development for RiskMetrics ESG Analytics and Managing Director for Research Products at KLD Research & Analytics.

Since joining MSCI via KLD in 1998, Noel Friedman served first as a research analyst and created KLD’s Client Services department, serving as its first manager. Mr. Friedman also co-founded KLD’s Research Products group, initially as a Product Manager. He led the development of KLD Compliance into the industry standard for managing social restrictions in the separately managed accounts industry, which at the time of KLD’s acquisition, was the second largest and fastest growing research product at KLD.

Noel is currently a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society's Sustainable Investment Conference committee. He is also a member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Education and Conference Committees. Noel formerly served as a member and co-chair of the steering committee of the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN). He has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and has successfully completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program.