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 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 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.
Jessica Runicles, Consultant
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.