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Sophie L'Helias and Reena Aggarwal Join the Board of Directors of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) is delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie L'Helias and Professor Reena Aggarwal to the Board of Directors. They were appointed to the Board by the General Assembly on 28 October 2021, replacing Lisa Rabbe and Daniela Weber-Rey, who had each served on the Board for nine years. The General Assembly recognised the valuable contributions of Ms. Rabbe and Ms. Weber-Rey together with Lucrezia Reichlin, former Chair of ECGI, who also stepped down in 2021, as previously announced.

Sophie L’Helias is a corporate governance and ESG expert with extensive experience in shareholder activism. She is President of LeaderXXchange, a purpose-driven advisory that promotes diversity and sustainability in governance, leadership and investment, and creator of an award-winning search engine that tracks gender diversity in leadership in companies around the world.  She serves on the Board of Kering, Herbalife, Agence France Locale as well as Africa50, Echiquier Positive Impact funds and the Haut Comite de Gouvernance des Entreprises. 

Reena Aggarwal is the Robert E. McDonough Professor of Finance and Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown University. She specializes in ESG and corporate governance, institutional investors, market regulation, investment banking, initial public offerings and private equity. She serves on the Board of Cohen and Steers, New York Life Investments IndexIQ, and Nuveen Churchill Direct Lending Corp. Her research and analysis is regularly cited in mainstream media. She is an ECGI research member and until recently, she was an active member of the ECGI Research Committee.

Referring to the news, ECGI Chair Herman Daems, said, 

“We pay tribute to the three exemplary ECGI Board members who are leaving us this year, for their reliable support and guidance to the ECGI Board and for helping to steer ECGI through such challenging times. Their very enthusiasm for ECGI has helped to keep it growing and developing at a sustainable and steady pace. We wish all three colleagues every happiness and success in the future and thank them on behalf of the ECGI Board.”

Speaking about the new appointments, Mr. Daem’s said,

“We are honoured to welcome Sophie and Reena to the ECGI Board. Their impressive careers and accomplishments along with their sharp knowledge and innovation will be important assets for ECGI as it navigates its next stage of development. We look forward to embracing this challenge together”.




Elaine McPartlan

General Manager

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Professor Marco Becht

Executive Director


About the European Corporate Governance Institute

The ECGI is an international scientific non-profit association which provides a forum for debate and dialogue focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice. It is the home for all those with an interest in corporate governance offering membership categories for academics, practitioners, patrons and institutions.

Its primary role is to undertake, commission and disseminate research on corporate governance. Based upon impartial and objective research and the collective knowledge and wisdom of its members, it can advise on the formulation of corporate governance policy and development of best practice. In seeking to achieve the aim of improving corporate governance, ECGI acts as a focal point for academics working on corporate governance in Europe and elsewhere, encouraging the interaction between the different disciplines, such as economics, law, finance and management.




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