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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Alison is the founder of Alma Verde Advisors, which provides strategic consultancy and training services to private equity, venture capital and other investors on how to incorporate responsible investment into their investment decision-making and ownership engagement. She is the independent chair of the Risk & Compliance Committee at Asper, a renewable energy fund manager, and a tutor in sustainable finance on the Cambridge Masters in Sustainability Leadership course.


Alison is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience. Originally a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A and private equity, she was a partner at Hogan Lovells and a consultant at Weil Gotshal before joining HgCapital, a European mid-market private equity firm, in 2008. Having been the firm’s General Counsel for four years, Alison headed up HgCapital’s responsible investment initiative until June 2017, putting in place an award-winning framework for incorporating ESG considerations into investment decision-making.

Alison sat on the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Board until December 2020. She co-chaired the PRI signatory working group to produce guidance on incorporating responsible investment into private equity fund terms. She is a contributing editor of “A Practitioner’s Guide to Private Equity”, and the author of the chapter on corporate governance in private equity.

Alison has an undergraduate degree in law from St John’s College, Oxford, and a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge, writing her dissertation on how private equity investors can be more effective at engaging on ESG with their portfolio companies.

Alison has three daughters, two dogs and one husband, and in her spare time is a ‘Brown Owl’ (leader of a Girlguiding unit for 24 girls aged 7-10) and a trustee of Girlguiding UK.

Alison Hampton
Founder of Alma Verde Advisors
Independent chair of the Risk & Compliance Committee at Asper