Our
team.

Our people are
our biggest asset.

Combining strong academic backgrounds with extensive experience across technology, data science, finance and sustainability, each individual brings a unique set of talents to the team. We all share an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to create a mission-driven company.

Industry leaders.

Sakis
Kotsantonis

Sakis
Kotsantonis


Sakis Kotsantonis is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of RGS.

Sakis has extensive experience in ESG investing and research, having previously co-founded KKS Advisors, a leading advisory firm instructing clients on innovative solutions to more sustainable business models and communities. He has been a senior advisor on ESG integration to organizations around the world, having accrued significant experience in building new ESG datasets and developing measurement frameworks. He holds a PhD in material science and engineering from Imperial College London.

Julia
Palkowska

Julia
Palkowska


Julia Palkowska is an ESG Researcher at RGS.

Prior to joining the team, Julia worked with various financial instruments at Nordea Markets, and was a contributor at Altiorem, an online library dedicated to influencing the investment industry toward sustainable capital allocation. Her fields of research included ESG impact on credit and equity portfolio performance, as well as low-carbon investing. She holds a BSc in management and an MSc in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics. She has complemented her academic qualifications with further studies in social and environmental sustainability, corporate reporting for climate change, and socially responsible investing at the University of New South Wales.

Sandor
Palfy

Sandor
Palfy


Sandor Palfy is the Chief Technology Officer at RGS.

Sandor has spent the past 20 years scaling high-growth, global technology companies, building products loved by millions of people every day. Before RGS, Sandor was the CTO of Profitero, the e-commerce analytics leader, and CTO at LogMeIn, expanding the company from 30 people to 3,500, and reaching $1B+ in revenues. Earlier in his career, he was a research scholar at Vanderbilt University, where he worked on one of the first adaptive learning systems, later adopted by MIT and Harvard. He is an active angel investor, startup mentor, and a venture partner at F-Prime Capital, where he focuses on enterprise technology and cybersecurity.

Abigail
McGuckin

Abigail
McGuckin


Abigail McGuckin is an ESG Researcher at RGS.

Building on her academic background in systems thinking and impact investment, Abigail brings an analytical focus to the RGS framework development. She has applied her research interests through her work with the UN Millennium Fellowship, vetting and funding projects in Philadelphia that have localized SDG6 (water and sanitation availability and management). She holds an MSc in water science, policy and management from the University of Oxford, and a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, in urban studies and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas
Cobti

Thomas
Cobti


Thomas Cobti is a Senior Product Manager at RGS.

Prior to RGS, Thomas spent three years working at KKS Advisors, a strategy consulting firm in London, leading engagements with financial institutions, data providers, and leading foundations on ESG integration and product development. He holds a first-class honours degree in economics and political science from University College London, and he is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Kanchan
Mishra

Kanchan
Mishra


Kanchan Mishra is an ESG Data Expert at RGS

Kanchan has over 15 years’ experience in responsible investment research across various strategies such as exclusions, best-in-class, screenings, impact investing and engagement. In 2017, she founded Sustainometric to offer research and advice to investors, ESG rating agencies and index providers. In the early phase of her career, she instituted and scaled many research operations for some of the most respected index providers. She also consulted and developed ESG methodologies for fund managers and ratings agencies. She holds a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in finance from Amity Business School.

Peter
Kellner

Peter
Kellner


Peter Kellner is co-founder and Director at RGS.

In addition, Peter is founder and managing partner of Richmond Global Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in disruptive technologies globally. He is co-founder of Endeavor Global, an NGO launched in 1996 to identify and cultivate the world’s highest impacting entrepreneurs across 37 countries. He has invested and lived on five continents over 20 years, seeding some of the largest platform technology companies from Brazil to China. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, his JD from Yale Law School, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has also been a lecturer on entrepreneurship for 13 years in Princeton’s engineering department, and he underwrote the creation of the university’s E-lab for student entrepreneurship.

Megan
Wills

Megan
Wills


Megan Wills is an ESG Researcher at RGS.

Before joining RGS with a background in scientific research and analysis, Megan gained experience conducting research for Otta, and worked at Octopus Investments, managing the database of financial advisors. She holds a BSc in chemistry from Imperial College London, where she researched the development of solar-driven, water-splitting devices as a pathway toward renewable fuel production.

Niklas
Pape

Niklas
Pape


Niklas Pape is a Data Scientist at RGS.

In his practice as a data scientist, Niklas has a deep interest in sustainability and statistics. Prior to RGS, he gained experience working at KKS Advisors, helping to develop company ESG ratings; at the European Investment Bank, observing banking sector risk; and at the University of Bocconi, analyzing causes of discrimination. He holds an MSc in economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a BSc in economics from Bonn University.

George
Serafeim

George
Serafeim


George Serafeim is Co-founder

George is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and co-founder of KKS Advisors. He has been recognized by Barron’s as one of the most influential leaders in ESG investing. He is a global authority on the integration and measurement of ESG issues in business decisions. His pioneering research on financial materiality has become the standard framework for analysis of ESG data. He earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School.

Sophocles
Nicolaou

Sophocles
Nicolaou


Sophocles Nicolaou is a Data Scientist at RGS.

Before joining RGS, Sophocles was a data scientist at Capita, where he worked on numerous analytics projects, providing insights and recommendations to clients. He was then appointed to lead the analytics team of the Capita Procurement Function. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics where he focused on econometric methods and industrial economics, and he received his BSc in economics from Queen Mary University. Prior to his MSc, he completed an internship at Deloitte in financial advisory.

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