An esteemed panel of judges with broad finance and investment experience has been assembled to review submissions and select the winner(s) of the IRRC Institute Research Award.


-AwardMark Anson, Chief Investment Officer, Commonfund
Mark Anson has deep experience in the investment industry and has held a variety of executive roles encompassing strategic portfolio construction, principal investment, and asset management. He serves as chief investment officer with Commonfund. Previously, he was CIO of Acadia Investment Management and at Oak Hill Investment Management. Mr. Anson also held the position of president and executive director of investment Services at Nuveen Investments, an asset management firm with nearly $145 billion assets under management. Prior to Nuveen, he served as chief executive officer of Hermes Pensions Management Ltd., an institutional asset management company with $80 billion AUM, where he was also the chief executive officer of the British Telecom Pension Scheme, the largest pension fund in the United Kingdom and the sole owner of Hermes. Prior to Hermes, he served as the chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, one of the largest pension funds in the U.S.

Mr. Anson is the former chairman of the board of the International Corporate Governance Network. He also has served on the advisory boards for the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE/Euronext, MSCI-Barra, The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index, and the International Association of Financial Engineers.

He has served as member of the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute and the SEC Advisory Committee to former SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro. He has published over 100 research articles in professional journals, has won two Best Paper Awards, is the author of five financial textbooks including the Handbook of Alternative Assets, which is the primary textbook used for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst program. He sits on the editorial boards of several financial journals.

Mr. Anson earned a B.A. in Economics and Chemistry from St. Olaf College, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, all with honors. In addition, Mark has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor professional designations.

Robert Dannhauser, Head of Capital Markets Policy, CFA Institute
Mr. Dannhauser is head of capital markets policy for CFA Institute. He oversees development and promotion of positions, policies, and standards to assure integrity of global capital markets. He also oversees external relations and communications functions for the advocacy and standards of professional conduct activities. Previously he was responsible for standards of practice and outreach, including developing, maintaining, and promoting the Code of Ethics and Standard of Professional Conduct as well as other CFA Institute standards of practice.

Before joining CFA Institute, Mr. Dannhauser served in sales, marketing, and client management roles for a number of institutional investment advisers, including Bankers Trust Company, Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, and Principal Global Investor. He also marketed fixed-income analytics systems and served as a consultant in developing strategic finance analytics for banks and credit unions.

Mr. Dannhauser is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and earned the Financial Risk Manager designation. He has also attained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). He chaired the NYSSA Socially Responsible Investing Committee from 2003-2005.

Mr. Dannhauser holds an MBA in finance from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and an MPH in health systems and policy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He earned a BA in political science from the George Washington University.


James Hawley, Professor and Director of the Elfenworks Center for Fiduciary Capitalism at St. Mary’s College
Dr. Jim Hawley is the Transamerica Professor in Business Policy and Strategy in the Graduate Business Programs, School of Economics and Business Administration, at Saint Mary’s College.

He has been at Saint Mary’s for almost 15 years. Previously, he worked at Wells Fargo Bank as a country risk analyst, and previously taught at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Hawley also has been an invited guest professor at the Universite de Paris and at the Universite de Montpillier in France. He was a guest scholar at the Judge Institute at the University of Cambridge, U.K, and has lectured in a number of countries in Europe.

Dr. Hawley is the author of two books. The first is on international banks and the global monetary system, and the most recent on U.S. pension funds and the ownership of U.S. corporations, titled, “The Rise of Fiduciary Capitalism: How Institutional Investors Can Make Corporations More Democratic,” published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2000. Additionally, he is the author of numerous articles on a range of topics including corporate governance, the international monetary and financial system, and environmental issues.

He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin, MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Professor of Law and Director, Program on Corporate Law and Policy at Columbia Law School
Before joining the Columbia faculty in July 2010, Professor Jackson served as an advisor on executive compensation and corporate governance to senior officials at the United States Department of the Treasury and to the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Prior to his service at the Treasury, Professor Jackson practiced in the Executive Compensation Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Professor Jackson’s work has been the subject of rulemaking commentary before several federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Reserve, and he has testified about his work before the United States Senate. His most recent projects include the first empirical study of incentives throughout the hierarchy of a large investment bank and the first comprehensive study of CEO pay in firms owned by private equity. His previous work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review and the Virginia Law Review. He is a frequent commentator on executive pay and corporate governance, and his work has been noted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR.

Professor Jackson sits on the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance. He has previously worked in investment banking and as a consultant to financial institutions. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as Articles Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School; an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; an M.B.A. from the Wharton School; and a Bachelor of Arts in politics, philosophy, and economics, and Bachelor of Science in economics, from the University of Pennsylvania, after studying at Pembroke College at Oxford University.

Erika Karp, Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Cornerstone Capital
Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products.

Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches Track initiative. She sits on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability, and serves as an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.Erika is a registered representative of Strategic Marketing Solutions Ltd., LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC.

Nell Minow, Governance Expert and Huffington Post Columnist
A widley known corporate governance expert, Nell Minow co-founded and serves as a board member of GMI Ratings, a leading research, data, and analysis firm specializing in evaluating governance risk. Prior to co-founding GMI’s predecessor company, The Corporate Library, Ms. Minow was a Principal of Lens, a $100 million investment firm that took positions in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value.

Ms. Minow previously served as general counsel and then president of Institutional Shareholder Services. She is co-author with Robert A.G. Monks of three books, including five editions of the leading textbook on corporate governance. She taught MBA students at George Mason University for five years.

In 2008, she received the highest award in the field from the International Corporate Governance Network and in 2013 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Secretary magazine.

Jon Lukomnik, Executive Director of the IRRC Institute, acts as coordinator for the IRRC Institute Research Award.

NOTE: Please do not contact judges regarding award. All inquiries should be directed to Jon Lukomnik at jon@irrcinstitute.org or 646-512-5807.