Nik S.

ESG Director
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Nik S.
Environment
Environmental Economics
Taught Postgraduate
Wentworth
2005
United Kingdom

My employment

ESG Director
CDC Group Ltd
United Kingdom
Finance and consultancy
Large business (250+ employees)
2016

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A day in the life of a ESG Director in the United Kingdom

Be flexible. Get involved in a sector that you are passionate about in anyway possible. Once you have exposure to a sector it's much easier to determine the type of role you want and how you might go about getting it.

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

CDC Group is the UKs Development Finance Institution (DFI)

What do you do?

I manage environment and social risks in a diverse equity portfolio which has investments in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

I have a passion for international development and the role of private sector finance and how to bring about improvements in environmental and social outcomes in developing countries

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

Yes

Describe your most memorable day at work

I love the international development mandate of CDC. I feel like I work for an institution with a clear social purpose.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

Web design and IT

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Be flexible. Get involved in a sector that you are passionate about in anyway possible. Once you have exposure to a sector it's much easier to determine the type of role you want and how you might go about getting it.

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?

ESG
Climate change
Careers
International development

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