Nina Gardner is the director of Strategy International, a consulting firm she founded specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and climate change. She typically works with both the CSR and Investor Relations departments of companies on global sustainability issues, creating public-private partnerships (such as the Barefoot college project with Enel Green Power), improving internal ESG metrics, engagement with the UN Global Compact, and on company outreach toward the Sustainable and Responsible Investor community.
A lawyer by training, with a past both in corporate law, working in the Balkans for the UN, and as a consultant to the OECD, Nina is an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC teaching a course on “CSR, Business and Human Rights” She is a frequent moderator on issues relating to CSR, energy, water, climate change, women’s entrepreneurship, and responsible investing.
Ms. Gardner is the founding president of three professional women’s associations in Europe (Prague, Paris, Rome) and has been on the advisory board of the Women’s Forum for the Economy in Society since its inception in 1994. She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe (and currently on the advisory board of the Harvard Coalition for Responsible Investment), Columbia Law School and was a Rotary scholar at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotà, Colombia. Ms. Gardner is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, is a member of the New York Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations.