Michelle Edkins is a managing director at BlackRock and global head of its Investment Stewardship team of 45 specialists. She is responsible for the team’s engagement and proxy voting activities to promote the governance and business practices aligned with long-term value creation by the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Ms. Edkins also serves on the firm’s Global Operating 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 for the past seven years. Ms. Edkins is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s First Movers Fellowship Program and a former chair of the board of governors of the International Corporate Governance Network. She participates in a number of industry initiatives to enhance governance and sustainable business practices, including the US chapter of the 30% Club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management; the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Investor Advisory Group; and CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. An economist by training, Ms. Edkins has also worked in the United Kingdom in a number of investment stewardship-related roles and in government roles in her native New Zealand.