Risk Perspectives & AI for ESG

Watch this panel from Tuesday, March 9th at 11:00AM ET for this panel featuring Arabesque, Amenity Analytics, Verisk, Verisk Maplecroft, and AWS.

Why Listen?

  • What are Data People Supposed to do with ESG?
  • Risk and AI in Regards to ESG


Meet the Speakers:

Veeral Shah


Veeral Shah

VP of Product, Amenity Analytics

Veeral Shah is VP of Product at Amenity Analytics, where he oversees the development of Amenity’s cutting-edge NLP platform, datasets and applications. He was previously Head of Product at Visible Alpha and Global Product Manager, Research at Bloomberg where he was responsible for earnings estimates, analyst ratings, financial model analytics and document search. Before Bloomberg, he invested in the tech, media and telecom space as an analyst and portfolio manager at BNP Paribas, Point72, and Westfield Capital.

ESG News Sentiment from Amenity Analytics is available for purchase on AWS Data Exchange. Use this dataset to visualize trends and announcements, expose first and slow movers in the ESG space, and for portfolio screening.

Maria Mahl


Maria Mähl

Nordics Partner, Arabesque

Maria Mähl is Partner of Arabesque Group, a global group of financial technology companies offering sustainable investment, advisory, and data services through advanced ESG and AI capabilities. Maria has worked with global leaders in the private, public and civil society sectors on policy development, investments strategies, operational excellence, program development and business development across industries in European, Asian, African, and American markets. Prior to joining Arabesque, Maria held senior positions at Volvo, Capgemini, the UN, and the Clinton Global Initiative. A native of Sweden, Maria has been awarded as one of Sweden's most powerful women in business world by Veckan's Affärer as well as was one of the leading sustainability leaders. Maria attended Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University in Sweden and holds a B.Sc. in Political Science and a M.Sc. in Business and Economics. She resides in New York with her family.

Human, labor and environmental rights data from Arabesque is available for purchase on AWS Data Exchange. Use this data to expose issues in companies' supply chain/labor force, and calculate scope 3 emissions across their supply chain, which can be used to screen out negative performers from a portfolio or indicate a company is high risk.

James Lockhart-Smith


James Lockhart-Smith

VP, Markets & Applied Risk, Verisk Maplecroft

James leads Verisk Maplecroft’s Markets team, and in this capacity is responsible for the company’s applied data analytics and research for institutional investors and banks. He frequently comments on ESG and political risk in financial markets. Prior to his current role, James led the company’s Latin America research team; and before joining Verisk Maplecroft spent several years focused on Latin American defence and security policy challenges at a leading thinktank and as a political risk analyst. He is the principal author of a book on Latin American insurgency. James has a master’s degree in Latin American Politics from the University of London and speaks and writes Spanish at a professional level.

Verisk Maplecroft Financial Crime & Modern Slavery Risk Indices is available for purchase on AWS Data Exchange. Use this data to spot and access modern slavery risks in your supply chain.

Arindam Samanta


Arindam Samanta

Director of Product Management, Verisk

Dr. Arindam Samanta leads property underwriting product management efforts in the areas of weather and natural hazards, including FireLine®, Verisk’s wildfire risk management tool for the insurance industry, and a range of other property risk assessment tools related to hail, wind, and lightning. Additionally, he supports ISO’s personal lines product innovation pipeline and agenda. Dr. Samanta did his academic and research work at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Caltech, and Boston University. National and international news media—including the BBC, as well as Nature and Science magazines—have highlighted his research. He has contributed to articles and been quoted by trade journals such as Insurance JournalBusiness InsuranceCLM MagazinePropertyCasualty360Risk & Insurance, and Canadian Underwriter. He has also received Verisk’s highest award: the Verisk Citizenship Award.

Verisk Wildfire data is available for purchase on AWS Data Exchange. Use this dataset to access and assess wildfire exposure in your portfolio.

Kelci Zile

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Kelci Zile

Global Sustainability Lead at AWS Data Exchange

Kelci Zile leads Sustainability for AWS Data Exchange. She has been at Amazon for 5+ years, with experience managing global marketing strategies, global customer acquisition and content coverage expansion, and optimizing video discovery and recommendations. More recently, she specializes in promoting the distribution, access and usage of sustainability-related data products via AWS Data Exchange. Her area of coverage ranges from climate risk exposure and weather data, to ESG framework applications, and alternative data that can be used to calculate scope 2 and 3 emissions.

Check out more of the sustainability-related data selection on AWS Data Exchange here.

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