Valeria Piani

Valeria Piani

Head of Stewardship
Phoenix Group

Valeria Piani is Head of Stewardship at Phoenix Group. She joined the firm in September 2021 to lead the in-house stewardship team and collaborate with Phoenix’s Asset Management partners to influence ESG performance by investee companies. She has over 16 years of experience in the industry and has held a number of senior positions at different firms. She joined UBS Asset Management in 2017 as Strategic Engagement Lead responsible for the manager’s climate change engagement programme, stewardship reporting and integration research in the industrial sector. Prior to this, Valeria worked for nine years as Associate Director at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) where she managed a team of 11 members responsible for coordinating investor collaborative engagement activities with companies on a range of ESG issues. When at the PRI, she supported over 30 investors coalitions involving more than 200 asset owners and investment managers. Topics included among others director nomination, gender diversity, emissions reduction and human rights. Her recent publications include reports on engaging on climate change and the added value of stewardship more broadly. Her research on the effectiveness of shareholders’ collaborative engagement activities with companies on ESG issues has been published by the Business & Society Journal and Emerald Group Publishing and was selected by the editors as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. In addition to being a member of the CA100+ Global Steering Committee, Valeria is also a member of the IIGCC Advisory Group of Corporate Programme, the PRI Advisory Committee of Advance, the Asset Owner Alliance (AOA) Engagement Track and the UK Department of Work Pension (DWP) Taskforce on Social Factors.