Sophie L’Hélias is an international corporate governance expert with extensive experience in shareholder activism and investor campaigns in Europe, the United States and Canada.
She founded LeaderXXchange, which launched The Gender Diversity Exchange, an easy-to-use search engine that gives simple and usable information on gender leadership diversity within companies around the world.
Sophie currently serves as lead independent director of Kering, a global luxury group that includes Saint Laurent, Gucci, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta, where she also serves as chair of the compensation committee and is a member of the audit committee. Sophie also serves on the board of Africa50, the investment infrastructure fund of the African Development Bank and the Echiquier Positive Impact fund that invests along the principles of the United Nations Sustainable Investment Goals (UN SDGs).
She is Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, Governance Center in New York. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hawkamah Governance Institute in Dubai, a regional thought leadership organization on governance matters, and served as an advisor to the UN Global Compact’s Blueprint for SDG Leadership.
Sophie holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Laws from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne, and after studies at the European Law Institute of the University of Saarbrücken in Germany.