With international experience working to improve the governance and effectiveness of both companies and non-profit organisations, Carla has a global perspective on how investors, companies and social enterprises can address international sustainable development challenges and respond to the risks and growth opportunities created by social and environmental issues. Carla’s career includes several years as Assistant General Counsel with Sodexo. She supported their £1 billion UK & Ireland business, was a member of the executive board and led strategic risk mitigation projects. To complement her commercial and legal background, Carla has practical experience working with non-profit organisations and engaging government partners to tackle development challenges such as poverty, inequality, gender, human rights, trafficking in persons and access to justice in Central Asia and the Middle East. As Executive Director of the Pearl Initiative, Carla engaged the region’s business, government and philanthropic leaders to promote good corporate governance practices. Specific issues addressed include diversity in leadership, board effectiveness, impact measurement, anti-corruption practices and integrated reporting. Carla has completed the Columbia Business School Advanced Management Programme. She holds a master’s degree in International and Community Development from Deakin University, Australia; Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Australian Securities & Investment Commission; and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney.