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Malcolm Gray Senior Associate

Malcolm  Gray, Senior Associate

Malcolm is a passionate sustainability professional with a particular focus on investment, impact and sustainability. In September 2015, he stepped away from full-time corporate life, having spent the past 16 years working for Investec Asset Management in a number of senior roles, most recently as Global Head of ESG and Portfolio Manager of a number of South African and African Funds.


Malcolm is currently a non Executive Director of Standards & Legal as well as a shareholder and director of SustainEnable its holding company. He is Founder and CEO of FutureProof Capital, a family investment vehicle with an impact investment focus.

Malcolm graduated from the University of Natal in 1996 with an LLM in Environmental Law. Previously he obtained a BSc in Geology and Hydrology in 1992 and an LLB in 1995.

Prior to joining Investec Asset Management he practiced as an attorney focused on commercial and environmental law at Shepstone & Wylie in Durban.  He was admitted as an Attorney in early 1999.

Malcolm has been involved in the established of a number of key sustainability initiatives in South Africa and abroad. He was a founding member of the JSE SRI Advisory Board between 2003 and 2012, overseeing the development of the World’s first emerging market Sustainability Index. He was a member of SAICA Integrated Reporting Working Group in 2009 and 2010, which developed the original guidelines for Integrated Reporting (<IR>). He was the founding portfolio manager of the WWF Living Planet Fund in South Africa. He is the past deputy chair of the ASISA Transformation board committee and a member of the local CRISA committee and the PRI Local Steering committees.  Malcolm was a member of the ASISA Prudential Asset Working Group which contributed to the redraft of Regulation 28 of the SA Pension Fund Act and introduced the concept of Responsible Investment into South African Law.

Malcolm has a long association with The University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He was part of a collective that oversaw the establishment of CISL in South Africa and has been contributor to a number of CISL programmes over the past 12 years. He provides contributions and lectures on sustainability at various fora and lectures annually to MBA / MCom students from UCT and the Neely School of Business at TCU on Sustainable Investment and the concept of sustainability.

Malcolm is deeply motivated to be a real social change agent in his roles as employer, activist, father and leader. He sees significant social awareness and change as a prerequisite for achieving a more sustainable and just world.