James Donovan

Global President and Chief Executive
ADEC Innovations

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, environmental data, data management, knowledge management and health solutions. He leads ADEC Innovations, an impact investing company that designs, develops and delivers a comprehensive and cutting-edge portfolio of Sustainable Business Solutions to meet the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) thrust of the world’s leading organizations.

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 can be expanded to cover the data requirements of all of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also a part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Business Advisory Board providing expert advice on People-First Public Private Partnerships.

Concurrently, he is the chairman of the Global CEO Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership of chief executives, governments and individuals rallying towards investments that will bring about the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He recently established the ADEC Foundation, his organization’s non-profit social impact arm, to support his goal.