Michelle Edkins is a Managing Director at BlackRock and Global Head of its Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team of 20 specialists based in five key regions internationally. Michelle is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. She also serves on the firm’s Human Capital and Government Relations Steering Committees. An active participant in the public corporate governance debate, she was named in the NACD Directorship 100 Governance Professionals list the past three years. She is also a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program and a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network. She currently serves on the Advisory Councils of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the International Integrated Reporting Council, and is a member of the steering group of the US chapter of the 30% Club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management. An economist by training, Michelle has also worked in the UK in a number of governance-related roles and in government roles in her native New Zealand.