Meet our experts

BITC’s Advisory Services Team has extensive experience in designing bespoke advisory support for our members.

Between them, the team has experience of working on relevant issues in many sectors including technology, transport and hospitality, construction, banking, finance, retail and service industry.

Elena EspinozaElena Espinoza, Head of Advisory Services, Strategy

Elena has more than six years’ experience of bridging sustainability challenges with commercial strategies to drive change across more than 30 clients in diverse sectors. Previously she managed BITC’s main benchmarking tool, the CR Index, and spent two years in Venezuela managing the monitoring and evaluation of strategy development and community investment projects for NGOs and corporate clients.  

Specialisms: Materiality and risk assessment, strategy development, training and public reporting.

Education: BEng Production Engineering, MSc on Environment and Sustainable Development (UCL), and currently undertaking an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sector experience: Retail, FMCG, financial, construction, technology, manufacturing, agriculture

In her spare time Elena volunteers for BITC’s Mosaic programme, working with ex-offenders and young women through mentoring

Maria-Jose SubielaMaria-Jose Subiela, Head of Advisory Services, Operations

Maria-Jose has worked for the past 10 years supporting international companies in developing and implementing global CR strategies. As International Projects Director she has been responsible for developing and expanding BITC’s flagship international programmes: ENGAGE Key Cities, CSR360 Global Partner Network and various EU funded projects and research.

Specialisms: Developing, designing and evaluating global community investment, brokerage and relationship building, management of global networks and sustainability research development.

Education: Qualified Argentine lawyer, postgraduate in Law and Economics (Di Tella University) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration (London School of Economics).

In her spare time Maria Jose is a trustee of the European chapter of Techo, a not for profit organisation operating in 19 countries in Latin America to overcome poverty in slums.


Stephanie PoppendoerferStephanie Poppendoerfer, Consultant, Advisory Services

Stephanie has in-depth knowledge of corporate responsibility and experience of incorporating responsible practices within a business to create positive impact for stakeholders and the organisation. Previously, she worked at sustainability consultancy Corporate Citizenship and their London Benchmarking Group (LBG) Team advising companies on the management and measurement of their community investment activities.

Education: BSc in Business Administration, MSc in International Management and Marketing

Specialisms: Strategy development, community Investment, benchmarking, measurement frameworks development and impact measurement.

In her spare time Stephanie volunteers for BITC’s Mosaic programme, working with young women to help them develop confidence, self-efficacy and employability skills.

Jessica RuniclesJessica Runicles, Corporate Responsibility Analyst

Jessica has spent the last year helping companies to systematically measure, manage and integrate responsible business practice through the CR Index. Through her MA in Economics and International Relations she has a good an understanding of econometrics and research methods and is currently working on a number of strategic projects with BITC both in the UK and internationally.

Specialisms: Research, Benchmarking

Education: BA in Politics and an MA in Economics and International Relations (University of East Anglia)

In her spare time Jessica has written for a variety of external publications such as the ethical fashion forum and has volunteered for a number of homeless charities specifically around housing and employment.

Stephanie HaganStephanie Hagan, Head of Community Investment

Stephanie has over 12 years’ experience helping companies partner with others to make a difference in the communities that they are part of; from managing UK wide regeneration programmes to leading research and development projects including the creation of BITC’s Community Footprint tools. Her current role includes responsibility for Give & Gain Day, BITC’s annual global celebration of employee volunteering, and the CommunityMark standard. Previously she worked in management consultancy and communications roles.

Specialisms: Strategy development, programme design, community investment, multi-sector partnerships, toolkit development, research and evaluation, social impact assessment

Education: BA Hons in Modern History (Oxford), MA Design Studies (Central Saint Martins) and accredited as a cross sector partnership broker through the PBAS scheme (The Partnering Initiative)

Sector experience: All sectors through the CommunityMark, with additional experience of retail, property, construction, public health, and leisure

Stephanie sits on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme and the Data Acquisition Board for the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre at the University of Essex.