We have been measuring and quantifying impact for more than 16 years.

With this intelligence, our clients – some of the world’s leading corporations and investors – make better, more sustainable decisions.

With a team of 100+ scientists, engineers, data scientists and ecological and environmental economists, GIST Impact delivers market-leading impact platforms and datasets, covering 13,000+ companies with geographically precise, time-series data. GIST Impact works with pioneering companies across all sectors and with investors representing over $8 trillion in assets under management. GIST Impact also partners with some of the world’s largest ESG data providers, business networks, and fintech platforms to enable impact measurement across global markets.

Our history

Through the years, GIST Impact has evolved from its non-profit origins into a leading provider of impact data and intelligence, harnessing the power of impact economics and technology to discover the full value contribution a business makes to the world.

  • 2008
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    GIST Impact was founded in 2008, with a vision of a sustainable tomorrow: a world in which humans live in harmony with nature and enjoy the benefits of a green and equitable economy of permanence; a world in which people measure and value what matters.

  • 2009 – 2012
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    In our early years, we delivered multiple country-level studies on green accounting for governments and international bodies, including the United Nations.

    Our founding team led pioneering studies such as TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – 2008) and conducted award-winning research.

  • 2013 – 2014
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    We defined the space of impact economics alongside leading organisations such as the Capitals Coalition and the International Integrated Reporting Council, and worked on dozens of global projects such as the very first integrated profit and loss explorations – for companies like Akzo Nobel, BASF and Tata Chemicals – and the first full-spectrum impact evaluations of food system sustainability – TEEBAgriFood and related studies.

  • 2016 – 2018
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    In the years that followed, we worked with leading businesses, harnessing the power of impact economics to understand the value contribution they were making to the world, including Amata, Soneva Group, Yarra Valley Water, Sveaskog, and many more.

  • 2019 – 2021
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    We recognised that to scale our early successes and achieve our vision, we needed to leverage the power of technology and big data.

    We built and continue to evolve the world’s first impact valuation engine, which combines company-level data with hundreds of thousands of location-specific impact values derived by our R&D teams using algorithms and formulae constructed and refined over a decade and a half from sound science and robust impact economics.

  • 2023
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    Today, we are the go-to provider for high-quality impact data and intelligence, and are proud to call some of the world’s largest investors and companies our clients and partners.

Meet our Team

Intelligence you can trust from the team with the longest-standing and deepest impact experience in the market.

Our brilliant colleagues are scientists, engineers, data scientists, subject matter experts, designers and technologists. We use impact economics to understand the full value contribution a business makes to the world.

We bring diverse and global perspectives, and are based in Delhi, Geneva, London, Mumbai, and Singapore.

Our Leadership Team

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Pavan Sukhdev

Founder & CEO
Pavan Sukhdev
Founder & CEO

Former President of WWF International

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador​

Study Leader of The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB)

Author of Corporation 2020

Former banker at Deutsche Bank (MD – Global Markets)

Winner -Tyler Prize (2020), Blue Planet Prize (2016), Gothenburg Award (2013)

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Anupam Ravi

SVP, Investor Services
Anupam Ravi
SVP, Investor Services

Former Co-Founder of Environmental Engineering Firm

9+ Years in Environmental Analytics

Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay

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Sam King

SVP, Corporate
Sam King
SVP, Corporate

12+ years experience in top tier strategy consulting with AT Kearney and Monitor Deloitte

Highly experienced in strategy and transformation execution

Deep specialism in digital & data, including strategy, transformation, new product development & innovation

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Mahima Sukhdev

SVP, Commercial Development
Mahima Sukhdev
SVP, Commercial Development

12+ years in product innovation and sustainability at Xynteo and 4iNNO (PA Consulting)

Advisor to BirdLife International

Judge for Tech Nation’s Net Zero Climate Tech Accelerator

Bachelors degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Yale University

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Vineet Gupta

SVP, Product
Vineet Gupta
SVP, Product

Over a decade of experience in building and leading multi-billion-dollar digital products and innovations at Meta, Adobe, and Adidas, and in driving business and digital strategies at top-tier management consulting firms like Bain & Co. and AT Kearney.

An AI & Machine Learning expert with 14+ US patents and top-tier journal & conference publications, Vineet is regularly selected as a reviewer for AI research papers and as a principal mentor for startups by leading global incubators like UCL Hatchery.

Holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from IIT Kanpur, a postgraduate degree in management from IIM Ahmedabad, and a master’s degree from HEC Paris.

Our Board

Vian Sharif

Vian Sharif

Vian Sharif

Head of Sustainability, FNZ Group

Founding Member, NatureAlpha

Member, Benchmark for Nature

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Joseph Mariathasan

Joseph Mariathasan

Contributing Editor at Investments & Pensions Europe (IPE)

Advisory Board of MoneyHub & PinBox Solutions

Former Director at Aviva Investors

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Samir Shah

Samir Shah

Managing Partner, Peak Venture Partners

Former Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers

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John Blackman

John Blackman

Chief Product Officer, FNZ Group

Former Chief Executive of JHC Systems, a leading provider of platform software to the wealth management industry

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John Vermilye

John Vermilye

Chairman, Travel Sentry

Co-founder, Gallifrey Foundation

Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor, Fair Carbon

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André Hoffmann

André Hoffmann

Vice Chair, Roche Holdings

Founder, The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD

Our Advisors and Partners

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John Elkington

John Elkington

Creator of ‘Triple Bottom Line’

CEO, Volans

Honorary Chairman & Co- Founder, SustainAbility

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Mark Gough

Mark Gough

CEO, Capitals Coalition

Advisory Board Member, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

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Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim

Former Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Former Minister of International Development of Norway

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Dr. Naoko Ishii

Dr. Naoko Ishii

Deputy Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, Japan

Executive VP, The University of Tokyo

Director, Center for Global Commons

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Todd Ruppert

Todd Ruppert

Retired CEO, T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services

Venture Partner, Greenspring Associates

Advisor – Access Holdings, Antler, Motive Partners

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Kalil Cury Filho

Kalil Cury Filho

Founder of Partner, sustainable development consultancy in Brazil

Expertise in public-private investments for infrastructure

Participant to the Board of:

  • Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, São Paulo
  • Liga Solidária
  • ABERJE
  • Director of the Sustainable Development Division at Federation of Industries of São Paulo State, FIESP
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Fiona Frick

Fiona Frick

Founder of Circe Invest

Former CEO of Unigestion

Board Member of Swiss Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Finance Geneva

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Rayne van den Berg

Rayne van den Berg

Former CFO, Forico

Make an impact, we’re hiring

Our team is committed to our mission to deliver impact intelligence. If you are passionate about driving sustainable progress and enabling change on a global scale, join us.

We hire from academia and industry in order to combine the latest educational insights with applied research to deliver success for our clients.

We are growing internationally and especially in business development, client delivery, product and technology.

The right team is pivotal to everything we do, solving complex business, scientific and technical problems with creativity and enthusiasm. If our work excites you, please be in touch at hr@gistimpact.com.

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