James Donovan

Chairman, Global CEO Alliance

Mr. James Donovan is an entrepreneur focused on impact investing that generates measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial return. He has invested in the areas of sustainability, healthcare, education, technology and data management. He leads ADEC Innovations, a corporate group that redefines and delivers innovative Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions. Integrating Big Data expertise into ESG solutions, his companies have developed some of the most advanced applications that promote ethical and sustainable practices in the corporate world.

For his lifetime dedication to redefining and delivering ESG solutions, Mr. Donovan received the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation Visionary Award in 2014. He was also assigned to be the team lead for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environment Outlook 6 Data Fabric Task Force, which aims to design and develop the Big Data processes and framework that could be expanded to cover all of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Concurrently, Mr. Donovan chairs the Global Online Association for Learning (GOAL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement of learning, as well as the Global CEO Alliance, a partnership of like-minded leaders of businesses worldwide with innovative solutions for advancing the SDGs. He recently founded ADEC Innovations Foundation, his organization’s non-profit social impact arm, to support this goal.

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